Who gets the best of the game in the great match of tourist attraction between Disney rides and the Egyptian antiquities of the Louvre, between the Gallery of mirrors of Louis XIV and the tower of Gustave Eiffel, or between the dinosaurs of the Museum d ‘ Natural history and collections of modern art of the Center Pompidou?
Here is the hit-parade of the 10 most visited sites in France (sources Atout France, Memento du tourisme 2015). But this ranking only takes into account paid sites, omitting buildings such as Notre-Dame-de-Paris cathedral (13 million visitors per year).
1 Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée (Seine-et-Marne): 14.8 million visitors (figure 2015)
Opened on April 12, 1992 (the site will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017), the kingdom of Mickey always makes the race at the top of the French destinations which attract the most visitors French or foreign. The Seine-et-Marne site includes two theme parks, seven hotels, a golf course, two convention centers and an entertainment center.
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2 The Louvre Museum, Paris: 9.1 million visitors (figure 2014)
Joconde, Venus de Milo and other Sacre de Napoléon live the second most visited site in France but the first cultural site. The Musée du Louvre in Paris now has a little brother in Lens (Pas-de-Calais) and soon in Abu Dabhi.
3 Palace of Versailles: 7.7 million visitors (2014 figures)
The symbol of the absolute monarchy that Louis XIV wanted remained a major pole of attraction of the French Republic. The only “Great waters” in the gardens of the Castle attract 1.2 million admirers.
4 The Eiffel Tower, Paris: 7.1 million visitors (2014 figures)
Its silhouette is the “silhouette” of Paris in the eyes of the whole world since it was built for the World Fair of 1889. To climb to the top of this venerable lookout, the sports visitor has no less than 1,665 steps To climb.
5 National Museum of Natural History, Paris: 3.6 million visitors (2014 figures)
It is less known but the Vincennes Zoo is part of the set of sites that the Museum includes, with the Gallery of Evolution, the menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes or the large greenhouses. It is this group that realizes this number of visitors.
6 Musée d’Orsay, Paris: 3.5 million visitors (figures 2014)
Located on the banks of the Seine, this museum houses the largest collection of Impressionist paintings in the world. The crowd is often compact but the building is used to it: it once housed one of the major railway stations of the capital.
7 The Georges Pompidou Center, Paris: 3.4 million visitors (2014 figures)
One will recall the polemics that its construction in the 1970s (it was inaugurated in 1977) resulted. Today, this museum, which has been so much criticized for its industrial architecture, is no longer discouraging: it is one of the most visited museums in the world for its collections of contemporary art.
8 Universcience, Paris: 3.2 million visitors (figures 2014)
The site is a public establishment resulting from the rapprochement between the Palais de la Découverte (near the Champs-Élysées) and the City of Science and Industry (including Géode) in the east of the capital. Scientific popularization is not left in the tourist attraction.
9 The Omaha Beach American Cemetery, Coleville-sur-Mer (Calvados): 2.1 million visitors (2014 figures)
Millions of visitors arrive each year in this small Norman town to gather in front of the 9,387 white marble stelae that overlook the beach of Omaha. C
10 Le Puy du Fou, Les Épesses (Vendée): 2.1 million visitors (figures 2015)
We know that history fascinates the French. That of the Vendée region is no exception. Knight demonstrations, gladiator fights and the spectacle of falconry are still the success of the second French leisure park, followed by Parc Asterix in the Oise (1.7 million admissions in 2015) and the Futuroscope of Poitiers (1.6 million).