Thursday, 13 January 2011

Montparnasse Tower

For a superb view of Paris without the queues of the Eiffel Tower, the Montparnasse Tower takes some beating. Very fast lifts whisk you up 210 metres to the 56th floor where you can drink in the 360 degree view across the city and enjoy a drink or snack. The city is spread out before you with its famous landmarks all in view. By using the viewpoint indicators provided, you can locate and see each of the districts and their monuments.

The impressive view from the roof looking towards the Eiffel Tower with the office blocks of La Défense beyond. The golden dome of the Eglise Saint Louis des Invalides can be seen centre right.

A few stairs take you to up to the panoramic roof terrace where it is possible to see as far as 25 miles (40 kilometers) in clear weather. For photographers this is preferable as there is no glass to contend with.

As well as a cafe/bar there is the obligatory gift shop for those essential souvenirs of your visit..

It is really easy to get to the Tower: by train to SNCF Gare Montparnasse, take Metro Lines 4, 6, 12 or 13 to Montparnasse Bienvenue or Bus routes 28, 58, 82, 88, 89, 91, 92, 94, 95 and 96. You will need tickets for RATP Zone 1.

Tour Montparnasse is open from 09:30 to 23:30 April to September and 09:30 to 22:30/23:00 during October to March.
Note: the last elevator up is half an hour before closing time.

For prices, tickets and more details call + 33 (0) 1 45 38 52 56 or visit .

If you are doubtful about visiting then take a look at the website to see just how impressive the view is.