Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck#21 in Best Things To Do in Paris
The Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck claims to have the best views in Paris – and once you reach the top, it's easy to see why. The lower deck stands more than 650 feet high and overlooks major attractions, like the Eiffel Tower, through floor-to-ceiling windows. Travel another 32 feet upward to the rooftop terrace, and you'll find panoramic vistas of the City of Lights 365 days a year. On a clear day, you can see as far as 25 miles in every direction.
Visitors said both viewing areas were fantastic and liked that the decks weren't too crowded. They recommended booking your tickets ahead of time on the Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck website to avoid long lines upon arrival. Patrons also enjoyed taking in the views while sipping a cocktail at the on-site bar and restaurant (which they said was expensive but worth it).
The Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck is open from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The final elevator of the night leaves 30 minutes prior to closing. Tickets are undated, meaning you can visit at any point of your trip – just note that if you'd like to experience the deck in both the day and the night, you'll need to purchase the Day & Night ticket for between 16 and 23 euros (about $18 to $26), depending on your age. Regular tickets range from 8.50 to 18 euros (about $9.50 to $20) per person, and children younger than the age of 4 get in for free. Visit the Montparnasse Tower website for more information.
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#1 Notre-Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris)
Note that the cathedral sustained significant damage as a result of a fire on April 15, 2019. Its wooden roof and spire collapsed during the fire. It remains closed until further notice.
Like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is seen as a Parisian icon. Located right along the picturesque River Seine, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered a Gothic masterpiece and is often regarded as one of the best Gothic cathedrals of its kind in the world. Construction of the famous cathedral started in the late 10th century and final touches weren't made until nearly 200 years later. And once you get an eyeful of the cathedral yourself, you'll start to understand why it took so long.
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