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 Visit
Official Website: Tour MontparnasseFee: Free entry with the Paris Pass.
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- 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
33 avenue du Maine
Phone: +33 1 45 38 52 56
Lacy D. Sep-24-2020
This is a cool spot! We went on Christmas Day and walked around to get a nice view of the city. I believe it said it was the tallest building in Paris and... Read More
Roger P. Nov-13-2021
Montparnasse Tower is supposedly one of the greatest places to get a good view of the city. It's the tallest building in Paris, not counting the Eiffel... Read More
Nicholas C. Dec-15-2019
Definitely the equivalent of Rockefeller Center in New York. I love this tower because it actually gives you a view of the Eiffel Tower that you wouldn't... Read More
Accommodations near 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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