The Tour Montparnasse Has the Best Views in Paris

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The Tour Montparnasse Has the Best Views in Paris

Sometimes I need a little divergence from street photography and my regular “Paris Vignettes.” Recently as I walked to the Bourdelle museum after the Sunday get-together at La Coupole with Terrance Gelenter, I passed the massive Tour Montparnasse and while looking up I thought, “today is a perfect day to go to the top after 25+ years of regularly visiting Paris.” A bit expensive at 21 euros, it is worth doing, especially after morning rains have cleared the sky and fluffy clouds are dotting the horizon.

I found the correct entrance, took the elevator to the indoor area on the 56th floor in 38 seconds, paid my fee and the climbed the last three flights of stairs to the observation deck. Leaving the last step, you are overwhelmed with the unobstructed view of Paris. A very well designed deck with glass wind protectors that have slices in them where you can snap clear photos. On top of that there are chairs to sit back and relax and absorb the beauty.

Looking around, you start to identify all the famous landmarks like Montmartre, the Tuileries, Invalides, the nearby Montparnasse cemetery, above ground metro lines, the Grand and Petit Palais, but the most striking is the view of the Eiffel Tower punctuating the skyline. It made me want to return one day for some night photos!

Practical Information

Cost: 21 euros (though varies on time of year)
Hours: From April 1st to September 30th, 9:30 am to 11:30 pm
360 Café is open all year round along with a gift shop

More details at: https://www.tourmontparnasse56.com/en/

Tour Montparnasse .Photo credit: William O’Such

Top of Tour Montparnasse. Photo credit: William O’Such

View of Montmartre from Tour Montparnasse. Photo credit: William O’Such

View of trains from Tour Montparnasse. Photo Credit: William O’Such

View of the Jardin des Tuileries from Tour Montparnasse. Photo credit: William O’Such

View of Samaritaine from Tour Montparnasse. Photo Credit: William O’Such

View of Invalides from Tour Montparnasse. Photo credit: William O’Such

View of Cimetière Montparnasse from Tour Montparnasse. Photo credit: William O’Such

Le Metro as seen from Tour Montparnasse. Photo credit: William O’Such

Jardin du Luxembourg. Photo Credit: William O’Such

Les Palais as seen from Tour Montparnasse. Photo credit: William O’Such

Rue de Rivoli. Photo credit: William O’Such

Aerial view of buildings near Montparnasse. Photo credit: William O’Such

Lead photo credit : Eiffel Tower. Photo: William O'Such

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William was introduced to silver halide photography by his father, Chester J. O’Such, via the family’s Ansco reflex camera and home darkroom. After college, William worked as a photographic engineer at Eastman Kodak, where he began to learn the art of photography. With his first SLR, a Canon AE-1, he photographed his inaugural voyage to Paris in 1982. This early spark turned into full passion when William became a Kodak expatriate in Paris from 1995-99. Before returning to the USA, William and his future wife Ineke bought an apartment in the Marais district. Inspired by Bresson, William continues to visit Paris at least twice a year to wander the streets, camera in hand, looking for the next vignette. His photos are available for sale by visiting www.osuchphotography.com

Comments

  • Marian Jones
    2023-08-17 09:30:11
    Marian Jones
    Love these photos - thank you. I too went up on the spur of the moment quite recently and found it, as you say, both expensive and yet worth it. As it happens, I was there the minute it opened, which meant I had it practically to myself and could contemplate all those wonderful views in peace and tranquillity! Better still, I had picked a nice clear day.

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