Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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A masterpiece of architectural opulence legendary for playing host to the fictional yet ubiquitous Phantom of the Opera, the Opéra Garnier—also known as the Palais Garnier—still exudes the same enigmatic atmosphere it radiated in the late 1800s. The Opéra Garnier stands near the Louvre and can be reached from the Opéra and Chaussée d'Antin - La Fayette metro stations.
If you're interested in exploring the building's magnificent interior on your own, the Palais Garnier is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; however, recent travelers highly recommend booking the guided tour for an insider's understanding of the building's history and mystique. Unguided admission costs €9 EUR (just under $12 USD), while guided tours start at €12.50 EUR (roughly $16). For more information on general visits, check out the Palais Garnier website.
Perhaps the best way to fully experience the Palais Garnier is by purchasing a ballet or opera ticket. Remember to book your tickets several months in advance, as performances are highly coveted.