Having been to Paris a few times we were looking for things to do in Paris we had not done before. 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. This makes Montparnasse tower the original and only Paris Skyscraper
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!
Facts at the Montaparnasse Tower
- 210 metres tall
- 59 storeys
- 6 underground levels
- 1,306 steps
- 7,200 windows
- 40,000 m2 of façade
- 120,000 m2 total surface area
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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!
Getting to the top is a breeze at Tour Montparnasse. You see the building has Europes fastest elevator that takes you to the top. In just 38 seconds you will be whisked to the 56th floor of this Paris Skyscrapper.
Montparnasse Tour view from the upper deck
At the top of the 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. This area is best for people are not totally comfortable with heights
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 into how the city has grown into the most visited city in the world.
Its also educational for kids and that important for families travelling that the kids learn about places and cities they visit. Kids in Paris will see and experience so much
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 like no place else except maybe Tour Effiel. The Terrace is surrounded by glass panels as well for safety measures but has an open roof for the amazing panorama Paris view.
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The Champagne bar at Montparnasse lets you sip a glass of bubbly while enjoying the scenic views of Paris. What could be more romantic in the city of love.
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.
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 get to the top.
There is seating at the top of the rooftop 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 accessible from Public transport than the Eiffel Tower as well.
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In perspective, 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 the Montparnasse Tower restaurant would be a great place for a meal. This is certainly one of our top things to do with kids in Paris.
Montparnasse Tower Tickets Price 2019:
The current Montparnasse Tower tickets entry prices in 2019 are as follows
- Adult – 18 Euro / day & night entry – 23 Euro
- Student – 15 Euro / day & night entry – 20 Euro
- Child – 9.50 Euro / day & night entry – 16 Europ
- Family – 64 Euro / day & night entry – 80 Euro
- Kids under 4 are free
How to get to Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck
To visit tour Montparnasse you must get to
– Montparnasse 56
33 avenue du Maine
75015 Paris, France
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 38 52 56
To visite tour Montparnasse by public transport the nearest Paris Metro Station is Paris-Montparnasse. Montparnasse station
- Station: Montparnasse-Bienvenüe on lines 4,6,12,13
- BUS lines 28, 58, 82, 88, 89, 91, 92, 94, 95 et 96 stop at the tower
- SCNF line Gare Montparnasse (The Montparnasse Train Station)
- There is also car parking below.
About the Author
Mark Wyld is a father, husband, traveler, and chief destination marketing manager at Wyld Family Travel. Having been to over 35 countries worldwide he knows a thing or 2 about traveling with kids and now traveling with teenagers. He has been writing first-hand, expert travel guides on this website for over 6 years and has featured on numerous other popular well-known websites. When he is not talking, dreaming, or planning travel he can be found working in disability support.