Ile de la Cité shares the Seine River with its upstream neighbor, Ile Saint-Louis, right in the middle of Paris's city center. The westernmost end of the island is mostly residential with a small park at the tip, while the eastern end gives visitors the best view of the flying buttresses of Notre-Dame Cathedral. The Palais de Justice is also housed on the island, which has the Sainte-Chapelle inside, a tiny jewel box of almost kaleidoscopic color thanks to its wonderful stained glass.

Archaeologists found evidence of habitation on this island by the Romans, as early as the first century BC. But the early 17th century was when the island came into its own, after the construction of the Pont Neuf that spans the river and intersects with the western end.

Practical Info

The Île de la Cité is actually the geographical center of Paris, and as such it's easily reachable. From the Left Bank of the Seine, the M4 Saint-Michel stop is the closest. The Right Bank's stop is Châtelet, with the M1, M4, M7, M11 and M14 all stopping there. And on the island itself, the M4's Cite stop is the only Métro station.

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Paris L'Open Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1407 Reviews

See Paris at your own pace on a one-day or two-day hop-on hop-off tour. With four interconnected routes, this tour is the easiest way to get around Paris and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Varies

From USD $43.65

Skip the Line: Notre Dame Cathedral, Tower and Ile de la Cite Half-Day Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 197 Reviews

Skip the line to climb the Notre Dame Cathedral Bell Towers and explore 2000 years of tumultuous Parisian history from the dark ages to the City of Light. By ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.96
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Private Tour: Paris Historical Walking Tour and Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum with Guide

Discover the fascinating history and picture-perfect beauty of Paris on this private walking tour led by an expert local guide. Starting on historic Île ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $170.49

Paris Night Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 332 Reviews

Paris Night Bike Tour is perfect for both those new to the city and Parisian veterans. For the beginners, this tour will offer you a fantastic orientation and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.92

Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends Night Walking Tour of Paris

4.5 star rating: Recommended 125 Reviews

For many, Paris by night is a place of romance and moonlit walks along the Seine. For others, it’s a place of mystery and the ghosts of the past that haunt ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.10

Hidden Legends of Paris Walking Tour

This walking tour takes a unique spin on Paris, revealing the city’s little-known history, legends and mysteries filled with black magic and bloody massacres. ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $15.69

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