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.
Things to do in Paris – Visit Montparnasse Tower
Montparnasse Tower is one of the most famous places in Paris France. Famous for the wrong reason. 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!
Montparnasse Tickets: 56th Floor & Roof Terrace
Get the best views of Paris from the 56th floor of Montparnasse Tower (indoor) Relax with a drink as you soak up the Paris panorama Go to the highest open-air roof terrace in Paris Enjoy bilingual interactive touch screens making it a great day out for the entire family.
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Facts about Montparnasse Tower
- 56 Floors
- 196 meters high
- The viewing platform at 210 meters
- 360-degree view of Paris
- Over 1 million visitors a year.
Montparnasse 56 is one of the top tourist attractions in Paris. 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 Observatoire panoramique de la tour Montparnasse, while it wasn’t perfectly clear the views were all we had hoped for!
Montparnasse Tour view from the upper deck
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 Paris Tour Montparnasse
At 210 meters you have The Panoramic Terrace. The Terrace takes you onto the roof of Tour Montparnasse. The tour Montparnasse view 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 for the amazing panorama Paris view.
Where did we stay in Paris
Best location to stay in Paris? We love the Montmartre area. We stayed at Montmartre Apartments. Every morning we pulled the curtains are looked straight at Sacre Cour Cathedral. Fully self-contained with cooking facilities, close to restaurants and supermarkets. Easy access to the Paris Metro.
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There are seating and even a bar Tour Montparnasse on the top floor. 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. Bar Tour Montparnasse must be one of the best spots in the world to have a drink. It really brings out the enormity of the Paris urban landscape. I spent a good amount of time just taking in Paris panorama, after all, it is Paris!
Family Travel Tip: Overall Montparnasse Tower is a far better option than the Eiffel Tower when visiting Paris with kids. 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 in Paris with kids the wait will be in the hours to het to the top.. There is seating at the top of Montparnasse and food and drinks are available. The kids loved the elevator ride to the top. The kids were not so keen on the open air panorama Paris view. Montparnasse 56 is more easily accesible from Paublic transport than the Eiffel Tower aswell.
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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 visite Tour Montparnasse. Wyld Family Travel would recommend it to anyone else that loves a good viewing platform. If you have the time and the money Montparnasse Tower restaurant would be a great place for a meal.
Getting in and getting to Montparnasse Tower:
Tour Montparnasse Tariff:
- 17 €
- Student 15 € Child (4-11 years) 9,50 € Child less than 4 years 0 €
Day & Night Ticket Ticket valid for 2 visits within 48 hours
- Adult 23 € Student 20 € Child (4-11 years) 16 € Child less than 4 years 0 €
Free for children under 4. However, you have to take a ticket at the cash desk.
Get the best views of Paris from panorama towers Montparnasse 56. Enjoy direct access to the tower and extraordinary panoramic views of the city from the highest open-air roof terrace in the French capital.
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How do i get to Montparnasse Tower
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)
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