Since we had been to the top of Tour Eiffel 3 times previously we decided to check out Montparnasse Tower last time we were in Paris. Tour Montparnasse was built between 1969 and 1973. It was the tallest building in France until 2011.
Tour Montparnasse Towers above Paris
Tour Montparnasse was heavily criticised for looking out of place on the Paris skyline. Two years after Montparnasse opened, a law was introduced to restrict buildings in Paris to no more than 7 stories in height. I have read on numerous sites that Tour Montparnasse provides the best views of Paris and this is often said because of it the only place in Paris where you cannot see Tour Montparnasse. Honestly, I thought this was slightly harsh!
- 56 Floors
- 196 meters high
- viewing platform at 210 meters
- 360-degree view of Paris
- Over 1 million visitors a year.
We visited Tour Montparnasse on our first afternoon in Paris. We thought it would be a fun activity for us all and provide some amazing views of Paris that we had not seen before. On a clear day, you can see over 40 kilometres in each direction from the top of Montparnasse Tower and while it wasn’t perfectly clear the views were all we had hoped for!
The Viewing Deck at Tour Montparnasse
At the top of Montparnasse Tower, you have 2 viewing options. At 196 meters you have the enclosed viewing area where you are still able to get the 360-degree views from behind glass windows. You will see all amazing sites and districts of Paris through the glass like Les Invalides, The Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Coeur, Notre-Dame Cathedral, The Luxembourg Gardens, The Louvre, La Défense and so many, many more. There are all sorts of displays for you to look at, some interactive, some just plain, some educational for the kids and adults alike. I love that these type of places always seem to have an exhibition of old photos of the city or photo’s that are relevant to what you are seeing and experiencing. It really gives you some insight on how the city has grown into the most visited city in the world.
The Panoramic Terrace at Montparnasse Tower
At 210 meters you have The Panoramic Terrace. The Terrace takes you onto the roof of Tour Montparnasse. From this view point it allows you to literally see, feel and smell Paris. The Terrace is not for everyone especially those that don’t like heights, like my wife and kids. I was the only Wyld who ventured up top. The Terrace is surrounded by glass panels as well for safety measures but has an open roof. There is seating and even a champagne bar on top of Tour Montparnasse. Sitting on the terrace makes you feel like you are on top of the world. It’s an amazing feeling that you are looking down on Paris from way above and there is nothing nearby that is higher than you. It really brings out the enormity of the Paris urban landscape. I spent a good amount of time just taking in Paris, after all, it is Paris!
Family Travel Tip: Overall Montparnasse Tower is a far better option than the Eiffel Tower if you have small children. There will be very little waiting at Montparnasse to get to the top. Basically the only waiting will be for the elevator to go up and down. At the Eiffel Tower the wait will be in the hours. There is seating at the top of Montparnasse and food and drinks are available. Montparnasse Tower is more easily accesible from Paublic transport than the Eiffel Tower aswell.
Overall we had a great experience at Montparnasse Tower. We spent a good amount of time there within the 1 to 1.5-hour range. We would certainly go back again and recommend it to anyone else that loves a good viewing platform.
Getting in and getting to Tour Montparnasse:
Open every day throughout the year Summer: 9:30 – 23:30 / Winter: 9:30 – 22:30 Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Adults: € 15 / Students: € 12 Children aged 7 – 15: € 9.50 Children aged 6 and under: free
Metro Station: Montparnasse-Bienvenüe on line 4,6,12 and 13
Bus 28, 58, 82, 88, 89, 91, 92, 94, 95 et 96
Gare Montparnasse (The Montparnasse Train Station)
When in Paris on this trip we choose to stay at Montmartre Apartments
- The cover picture is used with permission of Juanedc.com. The picture has not been altered
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