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Built in 1973, the 210-m-tall Montparnasse Tower was the tallest building in Paris for nearly 40 years (there now is a taller one in the La Défense business district). I must admit that with its modern architecture, the tower sticks out like a sore thumb in the surrounding landscape and I hadn't fell the inclination to go up the tower during my first visit to Paris, but as I found myself with a bit of time to spare in the Montparnasse area before dinner, I thought I'd check it out. After paying the admission fees of 14.50 Euros, I rode the elevator to the 56th floor in less than 40 seconds. Upon arrival, I was greeted by the friendly staff who took a souvenir picture in front of a blue screen (you don't have to buy it) and gave me some information about things to do during my visit. I walked around the panoramic floor for quite some time, taking pictures of Parisian highlights, and thoroughly enjoying views of the city that didn't include the tower for once! I then climbed the stairs to the rooftop terrace from where I got an even better view of the city. It was difficult to resist the urge of ordering a champagne glass (there's a champagne bar on the terrace) and toast myself for having made it back to this beautiful city!
For those who can afford it, there is a restaurant located on the 56th floor of the tower (the highest one in Europe!), as well as a souvenir shop and a small cafe.
Paris from 210 meters
Here's a view from the top of the Montparnasse Tower, looking northwest towards the competition.
I'm not a big fan of standing in lines, so for aerial views I much prefer paying EUR 8.70 (whoops, it has just gone up another 30 cents to 9.00 Euros) and taking the 38-second elevator up to the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower, and then walking up to the 59th, which is the roof. (It's cheaper for students and anyone up to age 20, by the way. No senior discounts, though.)
Update 2013: The prices for Tour Montparnasse have gone up again. Admission now costs € 13.50 for adults, € 10.50 for people aged 16-10 and students, € 8.00 for children aged 7-15 and € 7.00 for the handicapped.
At 210 meters, the Montparnasse Tower is the tallest building in Paris – not the tallest structure (that’s the Eiffel Tower with 300 meters), just the tallest building.
Construction of the Montparnasse Tower began in 1969 and ended in 1973. According to the building industry website emporis.com, “the tower provoked a very strong esthetical and political debate at completion. Even a number of decades later, the tower has very few Parisian supporters.”
Parisians tend to agree, however, that the best view of Paris is from the top of the Montparnasse Tower – because you can’t see it from there.
Second photo: Looking north now, that's the Invalides with the golden dome.
Third photo: Looking down at the nearby streets and buildings to the northeast, with the Boulevard de Montparnasse cutting diagonally through the foreground.
Fourth photo: Tour Montparnasse from the nearby Atlantic Garden. If this building were in Frankfurt am Main it would be # 3 in the Frankfurt Skyline Countdown.
Fifth photo: Tour Montparnasse from you-know-where.
La Tour Montparnasse, 15th.
While most people hate the sight of it, most choose to ignore, but it's there and it does have at least one good thing going for it, the very best view of the city. At 210 metres, apart from the Eiffel Tower it is the highest building in Paris and affords an uninterrupted 360° view from the rooftop. A lift takes you up to the 56th floor in 38 seconds where you have a walled in view all the way around. You walk up a further 3 floors, only 10 metres,and you're on the roof. An easy layout with plenty of orientation panels and a brilliant idea for photographers, to have left 20 cms gaps in some of the surrounding perspex panels to give an unimpeded view.
First thought about in 1935 the idea came to fruition when the SNCF had to move the Montparnasse station further back and finally a building permit was given in 1968. The first stone laid in April 1970. The building is right over the top of the metro and needed special bracing to avoid complications with the foundations and also security for metro users. Apparently impossible to move the station itself, this is the real reason why there are such long walks at Montparnasse SNCF station to the metro.
There are 25 lifts in the building but each batch only serves a certain number of floors, the ones for the 56th floor are uniquely for visitors. It costs 13.50€ per adult with concessions for children and students. Nothing at all for seniors!!!!
Closest metro is of course Montparnasse-Bienvenue.
Well this is a tour that was my neighbor for 7 years, working in Paris. So its also the little Brittany district and Brittany is where I live now. There you go, go up. It claims to be the best view of Paris, and the only other competition been more famous,can hold on with the Montparnasse pretty well.
The tour Montparnasse is located in the neighborhood of Necker, on the east of district 15 or arrondissement (cross with boulevard de Vaugirard), at the limit of the 14e (neighborhood of Montparnasse from which it gets the name);in the cross with boulevard Edgar-Quinet, and the cross of rue de Rennes. It has its own postal code for a mailbox as Cedex 75755, and its official address is at 33 avenue du Maine. However, you can get here walking or by car along the rue du Départ and rue de l'Arrivée, boulevard du Montparnasse ,and place du 18-Juin-1940.
It used to be a train station here, it was move a few meters away to built this tower, the train station is also name Montparnasse.
It is 210 meters high and has several offices of companies inside as well, its a working tower lol! On the top terrace it can be converted into a helicopter landing pad in 2 minutes!!! It had several attempts of climbing it and several suicides too.
On top it has a wonderful restaurant call Ciel de Paris with its own webpage as well as Cafe 360 the highest cafe in Europe!!!.http://www.cieldeparis.com/fr/
The tour is open from April 1 to Sept 30,sundays to thursdays from 9h to 22h30 and fridays,saturdays and night before holidays from 9h30 to 23h admission for adults is 13€ and children students and under 20 for 9,50€ and those 7-15 fro 7.50€, younger than 7 are free. check the site for updated prices and hours
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The Tour Montparnasse is often considered to be an eyesore which is a scar on the Parisian skyline. I must admit I have to agree because it seems to me to be incongruous that a modern skyscraper should be built amidst the beautiful old city area of Paris and it is interesting to note that within two years of its completion, legislation was passed forbidding construction of any further skyscrapers in the city centre So there it stands opposite the Gare Montparnasse and built over the Montparnasse Bienvenue Metro Station, all 59 storeys of it. My dear departed father would say "it sticks out like granny's tooth" and he would be right.
The building houses a restaurant on the 56th floor and a viewing platform open to the public on the 59th floor. This platform can also be used as a helipad in times of need.
A couple of observations I have read about the tower, I find rather amusing. One describes it as being the box that the Eiffel Tower came in and the other describes it as the very best place to go for a fabulous view over Paris because it is the only place where the view of the Paris skyline does not include the Tour Montparnasse.
Credit where its due however. In my opinion it is a fabulous place to view the light show at the Eiffel Tower at night.
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At 210 m (689 ft) tall, the Tour Montparnasse (Montparnasse Tower ) is France's tallest skyscraper. It is an office building located above the Paris Metro station Montparnasse-Bienvenüe. Europe's fastest elevator takes visitors to the 56th floor, a height of 643 ft/196 m, in just 38 seconds, where there is a breathtaking 360° view of the city and beyond. A restaurant is located on the 56th floor, as well.
I love to see the view of paris from here at night, the view of Eiffel Tower really spectacular with the light
Tour Montparnasse 56 is open every day of the year from 09:30 am to 22:30 (10:30 pm)(till 23:30/11:30 pm in summer), but latest entry is 30 minutes before closing.
Admission costs 13.00 € for adults.
Discover the most beautiful view of Paris !
If you have a little time in Paris, I advice you to go to Montparnasse Tower. It is the most beautiful view of Paris and you can even see the Eiffel Tower from there ! Moreover, it is located in a great area of Paris where you can eat delicious "crêpes bretonnes" ;)
This is the facebook page of the tower ; you should take a look ! http://www.facebook.com/MontparnasseTower.Top.of.Paris
Have a nice trip, I hope you will enjoy your stay in Paris !
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Tour Montparnasse was until 2009 the tallest skyscraper in France, and stands in the center of Paris in the Montparnasse district. Since 2009, the First Tour with 225 meters (including antenna 231 meters) the tallest building in France.
The skyscraper is in a stage built between 1969 and 1974. It was designed by the architect Robert Saubot. The 210 meter tall tower has 58 floors, 54 with offices. On the 56th floor is a restaurant, exhibition space and a mini cinema. Via stairs you get to the 59th floor (the roof), the highest and largest terrace of Paris, the only point from which the city through 360 ° and up to 40 km in the round can be viewed. The building is in the list of tallest buildings in Europe.
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A great view without the crowds
I can't really take credit for this tip - it was given to me some years ago by a friend. If you want a great view of Paris without the crowds of the Eiffel Tower I recommend the Montparnasse Tower. It's basically a huge, ugly 59 storey office block but from the top of it the view is incredible - including being able to see the Eiffel Tower itself in context. I've heard people joke that it's also the only place from which you can't see the Montparnasse Tower! The indoor viewing deck is on the 56th floor with lots of information and photos. The lift going up is very fast and you may feel momentarily like you left your stomach somewhere around the 10th floor! You can also walk up from there to the 59th floor which will take you out onto the roof of the building for the full experience. I've been up here a couple of times and have taken others who also enjoyed it. An adult ticket is Eu 10.50. I've never been up the Eiffel Tower (is that a bad thing to admit? I just hate crowds) so I don't know how the cost compares.
If you're in the area on a Sunday there is an art market at the end of Rue du Montparnasse near the Edgar Quinet metro.
The best view of Paris
At 689 feet it is the tallest building in the city (as of 2007); and it is also criticized as being out-of-place.
It offers the best view of the city - sometimes jokingly stated it's partly because it's the only place where you can't see the darn building itself :)
The observation deck is open daily from 9.30am to 11.30pm in the summer and to 10.30 in other seasons.
Admission costs Euro 9.5 for adults.
If you want to go to the roof please be prepared for the very strong winds ... make sure you're not wearing a hat as it will get blown away :)
Tour Montparnasse rooftop
As long as you have to put up with such an (imo) ugly architectural lemon as Tour Montparnasse, make lemonade and take the fast elevator (~40 seconds) up to the top for some pix and an awesome view of Paris.
This last trip I went both day and nightime just for fun. I think the views are worth it.
Check out the website for all the info and some really good fotos.
L'Espace 56 (bar / cafe on the 56th floor) is a good place out of the wind to have a drink with the view or even eat, but honestly for me I just head right up to the roof and look at beautiful Paris. Excellent view of ExGuy's large metal tower of course, but also of Invalides, Champs, etc - the whole city. Most of the time especially in the evening it is very windy. Even with a tripod, the wind will have a tendency to blur any night shots with an inexpensive digital camera
(it did mine, and don't forget the actual building under your feet is swaying a little in the wind, making some low-light digital night-shots tough),
but your God-given / analog-eyes and your memory will be rewarded.
It costs 9 Euros (about $11.50) each time you decide to make the trip
(as opposed to $20 each trip for the Empire State Building, and much less crowded)
Oddly enough, one of the few (imo) benefits you get from Paris Visite metro pass vs Carte Orange is one free trip up to the top of Tour Montparnasse. Only one use though, so I still think you're better off getting Carte Orange and "paying as you go" for separate day and night trips to the top.
Tour Montparnasse opens at 9:30 am and most important for nightime viewing, the last lift / elevator to the top is at 11 p.m. Supposedly they kick you out at 11:30 but they let me hang out until almost midnight.
Tour Montparnasse gets a lot of grief and bad press, but the view both day and night in my opinion is a monster and worth the money.
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Better view than the Eiffel Tower!!
Towering above Paris some distance to the south of the city centre is the modern Tour Montparnasse. Well it is modern in comparison with the Tour Eiffel, having been built in 1973.
At 209m it is far shorter than the Eiffel Tower but, to me, the Eiffel Tower looked tiny from the top of Montparnasse!!
Well, the beauty of Tour Montparnasse is that you can go up to the 59th floor viewing area. This happens using one of the fastest lifts around, where your stomach reaches the top approximately 30 seconds after the rest of your body ;-)
The views are stunning from the top. The advantage isyou can take a photo of Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the shot. Apparently you are able to see for 40km, though whenever I visit Paris it is a bit mauvais :-(
The Tower has incredibly long opening hours, open each day till at least 11pm!
Current prices are 8.50 € for adults, check the website for their complex pricing scales.
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The Tour Montparnasse
The Tour Montparnasse is a typical example of 20th century architecture. The tower was designed by the architects Beaudoin, Cassin, De Marien and Saubot in 1973. In total it is 209 meters high.
The 56th and 59th floor are open for tourists. From here you have a very good view over the city. It is the highest point of Paris, even higher then the Eiffel Tower.
In the top there is a restaurant and a exhibition about the construction of the tower with documentation and pictures. When needed there are multiligual guides available to show you around.
At the roof you have a stunning view of Paris, even better then when you are on top of the Eiffeltower, because from here you can see the Eiffeltower as well :) There are signs to point you at all the monuments you can see from here, so you don´t have to be an expert to recognise things.
Le Tour Main Montparnasse
Take the elevator up the 58th. floor at 210 m high.
Because of the low buildings surrounding the tower you have a splendid view all around Paris of course on a clear day.
in summer from 9.30 am to 11.30 pm
in winter from 9.30 am to 10.30 pm.
Last lift ascent 30mn before closing time.
Adults € 8,00
Children(-14 yrs) € 5,50
Incomparable View of Paris
You must go up to the roof of the Montparnasse tower (59 stories) for an incomparable 360 degree view of Paris. The tower itself stands out like a sore thumb, but it's the perfect place to view Paris FROM. I think they charge about 10 euros to take the elevator up. If the weather is bad you can view from inside the 56th floor, but if it's not raining go all the way up to the roof and you'll be glad you did!
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