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.
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
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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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