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.
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 VisitFee: From: $27.16 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
Get direct access and take in the best views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower from the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower. Ride Europe's fastest elevator up to the top of the tower and see Paris stretched out before you. Upgrade your ticket to include a glass of Champagne and snacks while you soak up the skyline.
Free entry with the Paris Pass.
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- 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
Address: 33 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris, France
Phone: 01 45 38 52 56
Official Website: Tour Montparnasse
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M4, M6, M12 or M13||Montparnasse - Bienvenüe||0 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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Ratedout of 5
A 59 story skyscraper with an 360 degree observation deck on top. I went in the daytime with my girlfriend at around 13:30, on a Friday. The queue was short and buying tickets was easy (adult tickets, 18 euros). After going through security, the lift took only 38 seconds. Not that you would know stood inside it. At the top of the lift, there is an inside viewing area which houses a gift shop and a cafe with a panoramic view. I can imagine the city looking good from inside if the weather wasn’t too good. We then climbed a few sets of stairs to get to the observation deck, I’m not sure whether there was a lift for disabled access or not. The view on the top was breathtaking and you could see all the main attractions. There were telescopes and helpful notices showing the names and locations of each landmark. I bet the view at night would have been incredible as well, so we’ll definitely be going up again (With a glass of something sparkly, which they also sell on the observation deck). This is definitely one to add to the list!
Michael Gray - 8 days ago
A very good place to visit. Amazing view above Paris. Very easy to get there. In Paris we could easily use public transport so from the Eiffel tower we took the local bus to get there. It was only 15 minutes and the bus ticket was 2 €/person.
Éva Anikó Labant - 13 days ago
An alternative option to view the city as well as the Eiffel Tower at a lower cost. 59 story new age tower in Montparnasse District, cost was 25 Euro w Paris Pass discount. Beverages such as beer & wine were much cheaper than expected, very fair. We were up for the evening lights of the city. Very pretty with so many landmarks and sights to view from a great vantage point. Highly recommend if in Paris!
The Cisco Kidd - 26 days ago
Tour Montparnasse is somewhat of an hidden gem as it features one of the best views in town and is significantly less crowded than most of the 'major' spots in Paris. While the cost is 17 euros (they have discounts for kids, students and seniors and also feature a slightly expensive all day ticket) I think its worth every cent. The 360 degree view is awesome and seeing the sunset from there it's simply magical. You can't miss this one.
Luis Machado - 1 month ago
We loved it here, fantastic panoramas and so much quieter than the Eiffel Tower so it was a lot easier with the kids which meant we stayed for longer while we identified all the famous buildings and landmarks in Paris. I would definitely recommend it. It hasn't got the fame factor if the Eiffel Tower, but the views are just as good and the lack of crowds makes it a more chilled experience.
Gareth Williams - 1 month ago