Tour Montparnasse

The observation decks on top of Tour Montparnasse (Montparnasse Tower) boast the most spectacular 360° views of Paris available without the crowds of the Eiffel Tower

Montparnasse Tower is not the prettiest sight in Paris, but the the views from the top are spectacular
Montparnasse Tower is not the prettiest sight in Paris, but the the views from the top are spectacular cc licensed photo by demiante

The Eiffel Tower indeed offers spectacular views of Paris; the only problem is that the vista does not include the famous Eiffel tower itself. So where else can you enjoy unparalleled views of Paris that also include its most iconic landmark? From well over 600 feet above the city on the observation decks of Tour Monparnasse; that's where.

Observation Decks and Views

You'll acscend the fastest elevator in all of Europe to the 56th floor of this modern office tower where you can take in fabulous 360° views of the city or, on a nice day, you can go up a few more flights of stairs to the 59th floor rooftop terrace. Either way, you won't regret taking the time to visit this popular Paris attraction.

On the climate controlled 56th floor you can see superb views of Paris without worrying about the wind, cold or even rain. Interactive panels around the perimeter of the observation level give you information about the many famous landmarks that you see below. This is a great way to get an overview of the layout of the city and its many attractions at the start of your vacation.

The rooftop terrace has a curved glass roof around the perimeter and offers visitors a magnificent 360° view day or night. At nighttime you can not only enjoy looking out over the city of lights, but you can also enjoy great views of the night sky above. Be sure to bring your camera.

Montparnasse Tower Restaurants

There are two restaurants in the Tower both located on the on the 56th floor. You can enjoy light meals including sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages in the 360° Cafe. For fine dining you'll find Le Ciel de Paris which has the distinction of being the highest restaurant in Europe. You will need reservations to dine there. There is also a gift shop.

Interesting Facts

It is interesting to note that Montparnasse tower is the tallest building in central Paris; in fact, it is the only skyscraper in the central part of the city unless you count the Eiffel Tower as a skyscraper. It was after the construction of this tall building, that a city bylaw restricting the height of buildings in the centre of Paris to a maximum of 6 stories was put in place to prevent the city from taking on the look of Manhattan - a wise decision considering the city's rich history, character and charm.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Tour Montparnasse

Fee: Free entry with the Paris Pass.

Closed Now

Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
  • Thursday: 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
  • Friday: 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:30 am - 10:30 pm

Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings Observatories

Address: 33 avenue du Maine
75015 Paris
France

Phone: +33 1 45 38 52 56

Reviews

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4 Star Rating That view. I would choose this experience and view over a trip up the Eiffel Tower any day. There are views for days but without the beggars, street... Read More

Kasey F. Jul-30-2019

3 Star Rating Went here versus going up the Eiffel Tower since it was really windy and didn't want to be exposed. Appreciated the upstairs, which I felt gave a great... Read More

KC C. Mar-25-2019

5 Star Rating RECOMMENDED FOR: ~Those who don't want to wait hours to go up the Eiffel Tower ~When you want an awesome view of Paris AND the Eiffel Tower ~Seeing the... Read More

Jennifer S. Jun-08-2018

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Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M4, M6, M12 or M13Montparnasse - Bienvenüe0 minutes

How to get to Tour Montparnasse by Metro / RER

By Metro: Exit Metro Line 4, 6, 12 or 13 at Montparnasse - Bienvenüe Station. Montparnasse Tower is built directly on top of the Metro station.

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