With its boulevards and bohemians, Paris lives up to its reputation as headquarters for the intellectually curious.
The glittering jewel of the Seine. Birthplace of gothic architecture, hotbed of the Age of Enlightenment, cultural capital par excellence—there's a reason why Paris has so many nicknames. This endlessly fascinating city has many layers: from its medieval Gothic period, when churches like Notre Dame sprung up, to the 1789 Revolution, when the Bastille was torn down, to the Second Empire, when 19th-century urban planner Hausmann built the grand boulevards, and to the 20th century, when modernist architects like Le Corbusier constructed sleek streamlined buildings and experimented with a new vision of the city. That sense of invention has inspired French culture—including literature, art, fashion, and food. Immerse yourself in the grand splendor of Paris with Context's private and semi-private guided tours.