22 Dec 5 of the Best Views in Paris
One of the things I remember most about my trip to Paris was the incredible views. The city has so many world famous landmarks, but it wasn’t enough to just stand at the base, I had to climb on top of them. I remember so many exhausting climbs, but every time I arrived breathless at the top of a building, I was met with an even more breathtaking view.
If you have the energy, I’d highly recommend visiting the summit of these 5 iconic landmarks for the best views in Paris.
View from the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous and romantic landmarks in the world, offering spectacular views of Paris both day and night. At 324 metre-tall, the Eiffel Tower held the title of tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years before the Chrysler Building was constructed in New York in 1930. After you’ve had your photo taken in front of it, make sure you purchase a ticket to go up in the elevator to one of the Tower’s three levels. The first and second levels have restaurants and souvenir shops, but the best view is from the third level right at the top. A ticket to the summit of the Eiffel tower costs €13.40 per adult and entrance times are allocated in 30 minute increments. The Eiffel Tower is open every day of the year, usually between 09:30am and 11pm, although it has extended opening hours from mid-June to late August.
View from the Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe, which stands in the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle at the meeting point of 12 avenues, provides great views over the Champs Elysees. At 50m high, it is a lot smaller than the Eiffel Tower, but offers a fabulous view of the surrounding avenues. To get to the top you must climb the stairs, and entry costs €8 per adult. The Arc de Triomphe was built to honour those who fought and died fo France, particularly during the Napoleanic Wars. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from WW1 and the Memorial Flame lies beneath it.
View from the Sacre Coeur
The Sacre Coeur Basilica is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and can be found perched at the top of butte Montmartre, the highest point of the city. If you’re feeling ambitious you can buy a ticket and climb the staircase to the top of the Dome, which is open from 9am to 7pm (6pm in winter). The Dome of the Sacre Coeur is the second highest viewpoint after the Eiffel Tower and offers tremendous views of Paris, but if you don’t feel like climbing to the top, you can still enjoy some great views if you sit on the steps in front.
View from Notre Dame
Notre Dame Cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and was made famous in the legendary novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. You can visit the Notre Dame tower and explore the upper parts of the Western facade, which dates from the 13th century. There’s no elevator, so you’ll have to climb 387 steps to the top, but once you’re up there you can see the gargoyles and chimera up close, and of course marvel at the view.
View from Tour Montparnasse
Montparnasse Tower may not be a particularly attractive building by Paris standards, but the 210-metre office skyscraper has some staggering 360 degree views of the capital from the top floor. It was the tallest skyscraper in France until Tour First was built in 2011, but has caused some controversy because of its unsightly appearance, and the building of skyscrapers in the city centre was banned two years after it was constructed. In many photos of the Paris skyline, there’s one building missing- the Eiffel Tower- but you are treated some fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower from the top of this skyscraper. It costs €7 per adult to visit the terrace, which is open between 9:3am and 11:30pm from 1st April through till 30th September. From 1st October to 31st March, it opens between 09:30am and 10:30pm Sunday to Thursday, and 09:30am to 11:00pm Friday to Saturday and holiday eves.