Tour Montparnasse 56 Observatory

August 22, 2011 by

Sightseeing, Things To Do

Roof top terrace - Photo courtesy of Taxiarchos228 via Wikimedia Commons

Roof top terrace - Photo courtesy of Taxiarchos228 via Wikimedia Commons

Tour Montparnasse 56 Observatory gives the most spectacular view of the city of lights, offering a restaurant and a terrace on the top floor complete with a helipad for those special visits. The enclosed observatory has a bar serving drinks and snacks, souvenirs and telescopes, while the open-air terrace is reached by 65 stairs and is open to the sun and rain with magnificent evening views of the city at sunset.

Enjoy the panoramic views over Paris from the 56th floor of the only skyscraper in the city centre, as you find landmarks and trace your own route around the city from an entirely different perspective. Watch the planes taking off from Orly Airport, and look across with a clear view to the Eiffel Tower, or watch the guard rail being lowered for a helicopter to land.

The building itself is mostly used for offices, and was controversial when it was built in the 70’s. Two years after Tour Montparnasse was constructed on top of Gare Montparnasse in the 15th arrondissement, the construction of skyscrapers was banned by the city. At 210 meters (689 feet), it was the tallest building in France, dwarfing Paris’s smaller buildings. The nearest Métro is Montparnasse-Bienvenüestation, walk past the office doors marked Entrée and continue until you see the orange awnings with Tout Paris à 360° and Visite Panoramique. Tour Montparnasse 56 is open every day from 9:30 am to 10:30 pm (and 11:30 pm in summer), with the latest entry 30 minutes before closing. Definitely a highlight for your photo album of Paris!

-Jodi Rose

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