Paris is the cosmopolitan capital of France and is regarded one of the world's most romantic and beautiful cities. Dubbed the City of Light because in the 1860s it was illuminated by over 56000 gas lamps, it is also known as the capital of fashion for it is the home of the world's best known fashion designers and cosmetics companies. Paris is located in northern France and on the river Seine and hosts some of the world's most iconic and visited landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museums. Hiring a car in Paris is advised as the city is one of the largest extended urban areas in Europe.