Situated in the very heart of the 15e arrondissement, the tower at Montparnasse in the south of Paris takes about half a day to visit. Tall and might above the Parisian skyline, it’s hard to miss Tour Montparnasse rising up above all other buildings around.
The tower is close to a number of small boutiques, patisseries, a branch of the Galeries Lafayette chain, and Cemetery Montparnasse (which also happens to be the final resting place of Simone de Beauvoir).
If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll probably have noticed that I went up Tour Montparnasse yesterday as part of the WWIM13 with other ‘grammers from Paris.
Although Tour Montparnasse is often overlooked in favour of other viewpoints such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, if there’s anywhere with a better panoramic view over Paris, then please do let me know!
I’ve been up the tower twice (the first time I went up the tower was when I first moved to Paris and so I couldn’t really appreciate where all of the monuments were). Both times I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of queue that iI was greeted by upon arrival. Neither time was at all like the throngs of people queuing for tickets in the tunnel under the Arc de Triomphe or the three hour long wait to walk up the stairs of the Eiffel Tower.
After purchasing tickets, you are whisked into a lift that takes just 38 seconds to reach over 50 floors up. The lift doors open and you are three levels (six half flights of stairs) below the viewing platform. This floor offers panoramic views over the city and is equipped with a reasonably priced cafe (2 euro for a long coffee- perfect for after you’ve nearly frozen your nose off on the rooftop viewing platform).
Although the lower level has good views, nothing compares to climbing up the concrete stairs and emerging into the open air, only to be greeted with 360 degree panoramic views of Paris. Just make sure you bring a coat as it gets pretty windy on top of the tower!
The people below look like ants and the monuments, like toys. There is nothing quite like being up high, spotting all of the Parisian monument from afar. The best time of the day to visit is definitely sunset when the light hits La Defense and the Eiffel Tower.