The Tour Montparnasse is hard to miss. The only giant, black, ugly skyscraper in Paris is arguably the most hated building in the City of Light. I actually don’t even have a picture of the outside of it – I always try to do my best to keep it out of my pictures! After it was built the city even passed a law that limits the height of new construction to seven stories. Even with all the negatives, it does provide a fantastic view of the city (although many joke that it’s the best view because you’re not able to see the tower itself, ha!).
I first went up with my parents back in spring 2010, and James and I headed back a few weeks before we moved back to the USA. There’s a metro stop for the Tour Montparnasse (Montparnasse-Bienvenüe, lines 4, 6, 12 and 13) and also a good size shopping mall, including a Galeries Lafayette, in the basement.
Tickets are a little pricey at €13.50 (adults) and €10.50 (students), but the “panoramic floor” on the 56th floor (which is completely enclosed) does give you a lot of historical info about the city, interactive games, and points out all the major monuments with touch screens. You’ll probably want to spend most of your time on this floor.
Then you’ll want to climb a few stairs and head out to the very top “terrace” for some major picture-taking. I’m always a little bit nervous with heights, but there are plenty of handrails, so no worries. It’s usually quite windy though!
It’s best to shoot for a clear, sunny day, but we all know those can be hard to come by in Paris. 🙂