Why is Montreal such a great cosmopolitan city

Plan your trip to Montreal

The Basilica of Notre-Dame: The monumental church in Old Montreal dates from 1824 and, with its colorful lead windows and the ornate wood carvings inside, perfectly combines spirituality with impressive architecture. Do not miss the fantastic audiovisual show with the latest multimedia technology, which brings out the unique atmosphere and graceful splendor of the church. The huge organ of the church is played all year round as part of numerous church concerts. Address: 110 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montreal, 0015148422925, www.basiliquenotredame.ca

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most important museums in North America and is the largest museum in the city. It impresses the visitor both with its architecture and with its extraordinary collections. Of the approximately 40,000 exhibits in this huge museum, you should definitely see the remarkable handicrafts of the Canadian Inuit, the archaeological finds from the Mediterranean, America, Africa and Asia, the important works of Islamic art and the creations of the most famous European and American artists, such as paintings by Matisse and Picasso, sculptures by Henry Moore, but also objects of decorative art, design, photographs and graphics. Address: 1380 Rue Sherbrooke O, 0015142852000, www.mbam.qc.ca

Museum of Modern Art: Canada's most renowned museum in the field of contemporary art offers a rich collection of works from 1939 to the present day, as well as regular special exhibitions with works by great, internationally recognized artists. In addition, impressive multimedia happenings and artistic performances take place, which, thanks to the latest picture and sound technology, find a perfect setting here. Address: 185 Rue Ste-Catherine O, 0015148476226, www.macm.org

St. Joseph's Oratorio: Built in the first half of the 20th century in the Renaissance style, the basilica is dedicated to the patron saint of Montreal. It is the largest church in Canada and proudly dominates the northern part of Mont Royal. The mighty church dome of St. Joseph - the third largest dome in the world - represents an impressive part of the city skyline. Address: 3800 Chemin Queen Mary, 0015147338211, www.saint-joseph.org

The Olympic Tower (Montreal Tower): was built in 1975 on the occasion of the Olympic Games, which took place a year later, and is the tallest leaning tower in the world. It slopes at an angle of 45ο over the Olympic Stadium - an impressive incline if you compare it with the only 5ο of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. You can take a cable car to the top of the tower and enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of the city from the visitor platform at a height of 165 meters. Address: 4141 Avenue Pierre-de Coubertin, Montreal, 001 5142524141, http://parcolympique.qc.ca/en/the-park/the-montreal-tower/

Parc du Mont Royal: The impressive historic park, which was inaugurated with ceremonial cannon volleys in 1876, was laid out according to plans by the same architect who was also responsible for New York's Central Park. The park is often referred to as "the mountain", although the highest point of the hill is only 233 meters high. The Mont Royal Cross, a gigantic steel cross that is impressively illuminated at night, was erected on the hill. The urban oasis in the heart of the city offers a pretty park lake as well as walking and cycling paths. In winter there is an ice rink and ski slopes here. Address: 1260 Remembrance Road, 001 5148438240, www.lemontroyal.qc.ca

The Center for Science (Center des Sciences de Montreal): Visit the imposing Center iSci on King Edward Quay of the old port and take an active part in the experiments in the physics laboratory, solve the puzzles of science using interactive applications, discover innovative technologies that are used in everyday life - and all that so playful and understandable that even small children have great fun visiting this center. Address: 2 Rue de la Commune O, 0015144964724, www.montrealsciencecentre.com

The Montreal Botanical Garden: With its twenty themed gardens, ten greenhouses and 22,000 plants of all kinds, this huge garden extends like a colorfully woven, fragrant carpet in the heart of the city. On your visit to the Montreal Botanical Garden - one of the largest of its kind in the world - you can watch colorful butterflies dance lightly and admire countless orchids, bonsais and cacti in indescribable shapes and sizes. The insectarium contains one of the largest collections of insects in the world - the exhibits and living specimens include tarantulas, grasshoppers and many more. Address: Rue Sherbrooke Est, 0015148721400, espacepourlavie.ca/en/botanical-garden