Not into dealing with the crowds and line ups at the Eiffel Tower? You are not alone! Lucky for us, Paris has an alternative option. The Montparnasse Tower also hosts one of the finest views of the city! In this article, we’ll take a look at the history behind the building, list some interesting facts, and offer some suggestions on how to make your visit memorable.
The construction of the Montparnasse Tower began in 1969, and finished in 1973. At the time, Paris was highly invested in the modernization of the city. However, the planning of the structure dates as far back as 1959. Though not everyone was thrilled with the plans. As a result, the project was delayed. Consequently, construction was held up until the late 1960s. To further complicated matters, a concrete wall needed to be placed over the metro line in order to build the Tower’s foundation.
Due to public backlash, the city of Paris introduced a new height restriction on building construction in 1977. Subsequently, the maximum height allowed on all new structures is: 31 meters (102 ft.) in the center, 37 meters (121 ft.) on the periphery.
The Tower’s ‘tallest skyscraper in France’ record was toppled in 2011 with the completion of the Tour First. Don’t worry Montparnasse Tower, you’re still special! Interesting to note, the iconic Eiffel Tower is still the tallest structure in France! It proudly stands at 300 meters (984 ft.) high. OK, 324 (1063 ft.) meters if you count the antenna.
The Montparnasse Tower has some impressive statistics! The building is 210 meters high (690 ft.), and has a total of 59 floors. Additionally, there are six floors underground. The Tower has 25 elevators, and 5 service elevators as well. If you’re up for it, they have a grand total of 1,306 steps. Warning: if you dare to attempt the climb, it might lead to fit bit malfunction!
Unlike other major cities in the world, Paris only has one skyscraper. You guessed it! The Montparnasse Tower is the city’s one and only. Perhaps you might have noticed other skyscrapers behind the Arc de Triomphe? Technically, those buildings are outside of the city’s limits, and located in the business district called ‘La Défense’.
Incredibly, Alain Robert, also known as ‘the French Spider Man’, climbed the Montparnasse Tower in 2015. By ‘climbed’ we mean that he did not use any safety devices, at all. Yikes! That’s right, no harness or ropes. Amazingly, he free-scaled the entire building in a little more than an hour. As you can imagine, Mr. Robert was arrested as soon as he reached the top. During his climb, he wore the Nepalese flag in order to bring awareness to human rights violations.
During the summer months, the Tower hosts a variety of events on the observation deck. Some of the types of events include yoga and exercise classes, as well as live musical performances. They also have an outdoor bar. A lovely chance to relax with your head in the clouds…
Want to feel on top of the world while having your cake and eating it too? Le Ciel de Paris might just be one of Paris’ most chic restaurants. They offer breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner services. Not to mention the stunning panoramic view of the City of Lights! While you do not have to pay the ticket admission price for the Montparnasse Tower to dine at the restaurant, it is always best to make a reservation.
To make a reservation, or more information on Le Ciel de Paris, please visit their website: here.
We always advise booking tickets in advance, and printing a physical copy. One can never be too careful when traveling! However, it is possible to buy your ticket onsite at the Tower. Conveniently, the Montparnasse Tower is open seven days a week!
Address: 33 Avenue du Maine, 75015, PARIS
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: 18€ per person (They also offer a day and night pass!)
Free Entry with the Paris Pass!