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the second highest tower in Paris
After the Eiffel tower, the second highest structure in Paris is the Montparnasse Tower, a building that is situated close to the central train station. It is 210 meters tall. Guided tours are available to the top of the tower from where one can have a great ariel view of the Eiffel Tower.
Don't look down!
Tour Montparnasse is located on the left bank of the Seine in the Montparnasse district. The tower is 210 meters high and was designed Eugène Beaudouin, Urbain Cassan and Louis Hoym de Marien.
Adults : 10 €
Students (and aged 16 to 20) 7 €
Enfants Children (aged 7 to 15) : 4,50 €
Free entrance up to 6 years old
There are two areas to see the views from here. An indoor and outdoor observation deck. The indoor deck has an exhibition as well as cafe and shop. The outdoor deck is windswept but an amazing experience.
The Observation Deck
The best views of the city of Paris are from the 56th floor and observation deck of the Tour Montparnesse. This is the only place in Paris where you can view every major landmark in Paris from above. Its what makes this building the perfect place to see Paris, while the Eiffel Tower offers great views, the only problem is that you can't view the Eiffel Tower! Thus the need for a building like Tour Montparnesse that gives you views of everything in Paris. The cost to ride the swift elevator to the observation deck is 11 euro, there is also a cafe at the top. It is worth the cost for the unbelievable views of Paris!
A Scar on Paris?
Tour Maine-Montparnasse (Maine-Montparnasse Tower), also commonly named Tour Montparnasse is a 210-meter (689-foot) tall office skyscraper located in Paris, France, in the area of Montparnasse. Constructed from 1969 to 1972, it is the tallest skyscraper in France and the ninth tallest building in the European Union. While some claim that this building is out of place with the rest of the architecture, one thing is for sure, the best views of Paris are from this building.
You should visit the Montparnasse, the crowds there will make you feel like you are in the centre of the world. Also go inside the Sacred heart of the Montparnasse to experience a Whow! The architecture inside will take your breathe away. Of course the Notre Dame i.e. Notre Dame cathedral at the centre of Paris is still one of the major wonders of the world!
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Tour Montparnasse by night
For a fabulous night view of entire Paris you should go to the top of the tower 1-2 hours after the sunset. The tower closes at 11.30 pm. At 11.00 pm special glittering lights are turned on at the Eiffel for about 10 min. only. Don't forget to take your camera, although tripods are not allowed and it will be difficult to take very clear pictures. There is NO QUEUE, and the ticket is 9 euros and you get a discount of 3 euros if you have a Paris Visite card.
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Why go up the Eiffel Tower to see a bird's eye view of Paris? Why not go up to the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower and then you can have the Eiffel tower in your photos! Even better, see the city lit up at your feet at night! Elevator to the top floor arrives in less than a minute.
Adult price, 9,50 euros.
Open Air Terrace
It stands about 210m high with an open air terrace on its 59th storey. You can tour round its exhibition centre and observatory on the 56th storey while enjoying your tea in one of the cafes there. The wait is shorter than Eiffel tower and you can still enjoy the view. Adult entrance is 8euros.
The Montparnasse Tower is about 200 m high and gives you a fantastic view over the city! That is the good part - the bad part is that admission is 7.50 €, which I find quite expensive! And that is the reason why we decided to enjoy the opposite view: we looked up to the tower and then visited the nearby market and cemetary instead!
Tour Montparnasse - 360 degrees view of Paris
Definitely the best view of Paris can be admired from Tour Montparnasse.
With the fast elevator, in just 38 seconds, we reach the 56th floor, at a hight of 196m, and we enjoyed the best panorama of Paris by day.
The tower can also be visited by night, because it closes at 10:30pm during winter season and at 11:30 during summer.
For tourists' help at the 56th floor are photo galleries, interactive screens and viewpoint tables and as well as a nice panoramic bar.
And just other three floors up, is the panoramic terrace, at a hight of 210m, with an unforgettable view from the 59th floor.
Entrance fee: EUR 8.5-
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La Tour Montparnasse
This 56 story tower gains the most commanding view of all of Paris at 209 meters high. It is located in the 14th Arrondissment on Rue du Depart, directly above the Montparnasse metro stop. But finding it is extremely easy. Finding the tourist entrance (the rest of the building is office space), is a little more difficult. It is actually located on the side facing the Rue de l'Arrivee, up a flight of stairs and is marked by a covered entrance that says "Paris en 360 degrees." The fee to go up in the elevator is 8 Euro, 50. For Children under 6 it is free; age 7 to 15, 4 Euro; For students and those age 16-20, 6 Euro, 50.
The tower itself was completed in 1973 and is made of curved steel and smoked glass. At the time of its completion it was Europe's tallest office complex. They say you can see up to 25 miles from the top on a clear day. Up there you will find a terrace (not recommended on a cold day) and just below a lounge area with a bar and, as advertised, 360 degree views of Paris. After you descend, check out the Galeries Lafayette below the Tower on Rue du Depart.
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Tour Maine-Montparnasse (2003)
This tower is not enough considered a "must see", however it is a very elegant building that can offer a very beautiful panorama, much more romantic than the one offered by the Tour Eiffel. An ultra-rapid lift takes people to the 56th floor in about two minutes (the first 55 floors host offices); there is a room with explanations on that floor, then you can continue to the 59th floor. My parents and I climbed the Tour Maine-Montparnasse one night in order to see Paris illuminated. We had the chance to be on the top just when the Tour Eiffel got illuminated, which happens at the minute 15 of every hour, if I remember well. You can see the Tour Eiffel at night in the General tips section.
Views over Paris
Montparnasse Tower is a great alternative to the Eiffel Tower for a view over Paris. It is easy to get to, not far from the Metro.
We visited Montparnasse Tower in the morning. The one advantage to visiting this Tower over the Eiffel Tower was that there was not a queue. We bought our tickets (slightly cheaper than the Eiffel) and made out way to the top in lift. There are 2 viewing areas, for those who are not keen on heights, there is viewing area inside the building, looking out through the windows. However, if you are like me, you prefer to be outside where there are no reflections to interrupt your view or photos. The second viewing area is up some stairs to the roof.
The views were fabulous, with one particular view you cannot see from the Eiffel Tower, it is of course a view of the Eiffel Tower.
The morning we went up Montparnasse Tower was slightly hazy although from street level this was not obvious. The same day we went up the Eiffel Tower but in the late afternoon/evening and we had perfect views with not a bit of haze in sight. Perhaps a trip to the top is best done later in the day.
Unless you want to say you have been to the top of the Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse is a great alternative.
A View To Equal Eiffel's But No Queue!
Just a stones throw from the Montparnasse Bienvenue Metro station (served by several lines) is the second tallest office block in Europe, the Montparnasse Tower.
For a few Euros you can ride one of the speedy elevators to the top (56th) floor. Here you will find a restaurant (with great views of course!) and an interesting exhibiton showing pictures of the various stages of construction of this huge curved steel and smoked glass building.
A few more steps will take you up and out on to the open roof which serves as a huge viewing area. The 360 degree panoramic view is simply breathtaking! Sketched maps are dotted around the (secure!) railings identifying all that can be seen.
This 'must see' attraction certainly does not replace a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but the biggest advantage it has over its more well known rival, is that there is virtually NO queuing. We went on a busy public holiday weekend, mid morning, and we were at the top within 5 minutes of arrival! We 'did' the Eiffel Tower the next day and queued for 90 minutes!
One last tip - if you have purchased a 'Paris Visite' transport pass, then show it when you pay. You will save just under 3 Euros each on the entrance fee!
Pick a clear day for the best views.
On your way out, a lovely market can be found very nearby (but not sure what days it's held). A great way to spend a morning!
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XIVth - La Tour Montparnasse Infernale
... I've never been there, and don't expect me to go, until they put all the Amiante they've used inside off the building !!! Anyway, some feminine statues do hesitate between the unreachable tower and a steady policeman...
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