Besides Paris, the Île-de-France region has other “must-sees” that the visitor should not miss during his stay. Versailles, of course, and its majestic castle, but also Fontainebleau, residence of Napoleon I, Vaux le Vicomte, Chantilly, Saint-Germain-en-Laye which are so many witnesses of a rich historical past, without forgetting Chartres and Saint-Denis and their superb cathedral.
More recently, the Île-de-France has attracted many painters who have come to exercise their talent. Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, Corot in Barbizon, Monet in Giverny, Renoir in Chatou to name only the most famous. Writers also were seduced by the region and resided there: Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Montmorency, Chateaubriant in Châtenay-Malabry, Dumas in Port-Marly, Cocteau in Milly-la-Forêt. So many artists workshops and writers houses available for visitors.
But the Île-de-France is also at the forefront of modernity with remarkable architectural achievements such as the La Défense business district, the building of the Louis Vuitton foundation designed by Franck Guery or the Philharmonie de Paris by Jean Nouvel without forgetting the Disneyland Park in Marne-la-Vallee, which attracts millions of visitors each year.