About Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck:
Experience the finest views in Paris from the 56th floor observation deck of Montparnasse Tower. Located in Paris' Montparnasse district, this unusual skyscraper stands 689ft above the surrounding rooftops. It affords 360° panoramic views of every landmark within line-of-sight of the glass windows, including the Eiffel Tower.
The lift up to the observation deck is one of the fastest in world, carrying visitors skyward at 22km/s for a total travel time of only 38 seconds! On the panoramic floor you can also enjoy a photo exhibition of Paris' recent history and interact with digital panels containing attraction information and quizzes.
Snacks and drinks are available at the 360 Café. For even crisper views, wander onto the outdoor terrace and add a cool breeze to the experience.
Some of the sights you'll witness from the observation decks include: the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Sacre Coeur Basilica, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Hotel National des Invalides, Luxembourg Palace and The Pompidou Centre. Over 300 types of souvenir are available for purchase in the gift shop when you decide to descend.
- All Year Round.
- April 1 - September 30: 09:30 to 23:30.
- October 1 - March 31: 09:30 to 22:30.
- Note: The last lift ascends to the observation deck 30 minutes before closing.
- 33 Avenue du Maine. Entrance rue de l'Arrivee.
Visiting Tour Montparnasse:
There are many ways to see a modern city, from the river[s] that runs through its heart to the roads that form its nervous system. Paris is one such city blessed with many perspectives, from the grand Champs-Élysées, to the ebbs of the River Seine and the sprawling subterranean catacombs. Each landmark, whether natural or man made, contributes its own tale to the full saga of Paris' history and culture.
There's only one place where all of these stories coalesce into one great attraction, 'Tour Montparnasse 56'. As the city's most comprehensive vantage point, Montparnasse Tower represents one of central Paris' best sightseeing locations. '56' denotes the floor number of the tower's panoramic glass observation deck. It is from this floor, or the upper terrace, that visitors can get a bird's-eye view on countless wonders throughout Paris, including, but by no means limited to, the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral and L'Hôtel National des Invalides.
Where Is It?
Montparnasse Tower is a skyscraper located in the city's Montparnasse district. Its observation deck affords visitors 360 degree viewing angles, and you travel to the top in one of the world's fastest elevators: 22km/h for a total journey time of just under 40 seconds! There's numerous free to use telescopes, spots to put your feet up and enjoy the views, and best of all, interactive panels using augmented reality to explore the urban landscape. Scroll through the panels much as you would a large tablet PC, as you pass over key landmarks the digital display will highlight them and flag up more detailed information about their history and function. You're free to browse the sights at your leisure, and there's even kid friendly quizzes and user interfaces.
From the observation deck you can either continue on up to the open-air terrace, or check out the 360 Café and gift shop. The 360 Café is perfect for light refreshments while the gift shop stocks over 300 themed items that are sure to provide an ideal little keepsake or souvenir. It should be noted that Montparnasse Tower also houses the highest restaurant in Europe, 'Ciel de Paris'. The restaurant is open daily from 08:30 to 23:00, and its 'Bar Américain' welcomes visitors right up until 01:00 in the morning. Ciel de Paris is reservation only, but you can book yourself in by calling: +33(1) 40 64 77 64.
Finally, we have the terrace, one of the best places to go and things to do in Paris. Through walls of glass you'll experience the finest views in the entire city. On a pleasant, sunny day be sure to bring up your camera and sunglasses and snap away. The gentle breezes and clear skies only add to the wonderful atmosphere. To experience the terrace at its best, head up for sunset. The colourful vistas that unfold as dusk creeps in are a truly magical sight, not to mention Paris' own lights that twinkle to life and give credence to the famous nickname 'La Ville Lumière'.