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: Yes.

Address: 33 Av. du Maine, 75015 Paris, France


Rated 4.5 out of 5Montparnasse Tower Star Rating

5 Star Rating Great view of Paris. I would say better than from Eiffel Tower. Quite windy, but glass cover worked. Nice to try 360• virtual glasses on floor 56. Recommend to visit in evening/night.

Petr procházka - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating Every time I visit Paris, I try to visit the Eiffel Tower. Unfortunately, on the day I wanted to do it, the queue was huge and I had to cancel my visit. I decided on Montparnasse and I was not disappointed. This is an alternative to the Eiffel Tower and there is nothing to regret. There are no queues like at the Eiffel Tower and the views are also nice.

Waldemar KLIMCZAK - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Great place for entire family. Amazing 360° view of the most beautiful city on Earth - Paris. My children were delighted with the views. You have to add this place to your own list of things to see in Paris😉

Stefan Jendrzejczak - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Great place in Paris to see the whole town❤ For 19 euros you can have an amazing view all over Paris and it's not that crowded. I enjoyed the experience and I'm so happy I went there.

Iordache Cristina - 5 days ago

4 Star Rating Visited the Observation deck of the Montparnasse Tower, tallest building in Paris - would thoroughly recommend a visit upon dusk - to get the daylight views and then stay for the lights to come on. This would allow better identification of the iconic landmarks of the Paris skyline - and 360° views. Would recommend buying tickets online before going, as many were turned away at the entrance. You can enter up to 20 minutes before your booked reservation, but no sooner. Great experience.

Giselle Topper - 1 month ago

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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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