Feb 25, 2013

Paris: Montparnasse Tower

When planning at trip to Paris, you can become overwhelmed by all the options for sights to hit during your visit. There are countless monuments to see, museums to wander through, and cafés to rehydrate in, but honing in on what's top priority can be more difficult than coming up with the funds to travel there! Like with every trip I plan, I spent HOURS combing through travel websites and trip reviews trying to organize and optimize our limited time in the city of lights. Thankfully, I came across The Paris Pass...the one stop shop for all your Paris sightseeing needs. Normally, I try to stay away from buying all-inclusive passes, as many of those passes include sights that I couldn't care less about seeing, so I'd be wasting money purchasing them, but The Paris Pass was a whole different ball game. Not only did it include a guidebook and a metro pass (with the option that we purchased), it also included entrance fees (and line skipping!) into top sights like the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, Norte Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, Seine River cruises, Hop-on-hop-off bus tours, and one of our favorites, the Montparnasse Tower.

The Montparnasse Tower (also know as Tour Montparnasse) was the tallest structure in Paris up until 2011 when the Tour First skyscraper was completed in the La Défense district. Montparnasse is home to a slurry of businesses that occupy office space inside the 59-floored building, but it also boasts some pretty spectacular views from its restaurant and panoramic rooftop outlook. Although this modernized structure looks a bit out of place against Paris' historic urban landscape, with the views it provides, tourists don't seem to mind. We sure didn't. If you add Montparnasse Tower to your Paris itinerary, make sure to squeeze it in at sunset. You can thank me later. :)



13 comments:

  1. We stayed in Montparnasse last time and loved the area. Tourists in Paris tend to overwhelm me (i.e. make me very irritable) so we often try to stay away from the heavily numbered areas when we can. We never did go up the tower but the views do look great!

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  2. Lovely photographs! We stayed in Belleville when we were there last year. Would love to go back to take photographs from that tower. What a view!

    Bonnie Rose | The Compass Rose

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  3. when I lived in Paris, we said that the best thing about going to the top of the Tour for the view was that you didn't have to see the Tour! haha :)

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  4. that Paris Pass sounds awesome! I just wish I knew about it a year ago!! i wonder if they have those for other cities?!

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  5. I must go to Paris, so amazing!

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  6. What great views! I must add this to my list of places to visit next time I go back!!

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  7. Wow what a view.............love it although I could not stand there at the railing since I am terrified of opened heights............lol

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  8. Ahhhh I want to go to Paris oh so badly one day!! It looks absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for some travel tips. I will have to keep that site on my list when I get the opportunity to go. :)
    I'm a new follower from the hop and I am LOVING your blog! :)

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  9. well duh now that's on my list.. i NEED to take a picture like theese!

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  10. haha the French HATE Montparnasse! with a passion. that's why all the skyscraper-type buildings are now relegated to La Défense - they're no longer allowed in the main city because the Parisians hate the way they look.

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