Most people climb the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Notre Dame Tower for the best Paris views but if what you want is a 360 degree view of the city, head to the Tower Montparnasse (Tour Montparnasse).
Situated in the bohemian chic Montparnasse area of Paris, this tower is a non-descript glass and steel skyscraper. It looks and feels out of place between the beautiful Parisian architecture; a major eye sore, much like another famous local landmark. But what it lacks in appearance, it makes up by offering spectacular Paris views.
The tower, the tallest in the city, takes you up almost 200 meters in a quick 38seconds – they’ve even installed a timer in the elevator that counts down the seconds to almost a dot. The tower operates everyday through the summer from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm.
My suggestion is to visit the tower post 10:00-10:30pm when the city gets dark. From this vantage point, you can most of Paris’ landmarks â€“ from the illuminated Eiffel Tower and the Arc to the Louvre and the Paris gardens, and beyond.
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