Montparnasse skyscraper


Until 2011, it was the tallest skyscraper in Paris (today it is the Tour First). The Tour Montparnasse (sometimes also referred to as the Montparnasse Tower) was completed in 1973 with a height of 210 m. However, it is often the target of criticism because of its appearance.

It is supposed to have the best view of the whole of Paris, as it is the only place from where the skyscraper cannot be seen. Parisians are not very fond of the building and therefore welcome any moment when they do not have to look at it from the outside.

On the top floor is the Ciel de Paris restaurant and a panoramic observation deck.


The observation deck is located on the roof at the highest point of the skyscraper and offers a 360° view of the whole of Paris.

The terrace is entirely behind glass, but is regularly washed.

The view from the Tour Montparnasse is best for watching the sunset with the Eiffel Tower in the background, especially between May and August when the sun actually sets almost exactly behind the Eiffel Tower.

Admission and opening hours

The observation deck is open every day in high season (April-September) 9:30am-11:30pm, and closes at 10:30pm in low season (October-March). The last entry is always 30 minutes before closing time.

  • Adults - 20 eur, weekend 21 eur
  • Youth up to 17 years and students up to 26 years with ISIC card - 15 eur, weekend 16 eur

Official information and online ticket purchase at:

You can also buy tickets at the door, but queues can be longer than 45 minutes, especially at sunset. Tickets purchased online are for exact times and queues are therefore limited to 5 minutes.

How to get there

The Montparnasse tower stands right in front of Gare Montparnasse, where several metro and bus lines cross and is therefore easily accessible from all over Paris.

  • Metro lines 4, 6, 12, 13
  • Buses - lines 28, 39, 58, 91, 92, 94, 95, 96

What to see around

Discover all the places to see in Paris.

This article may contain affiliate links from which our editorial team may earn commissions if you click on the link. See our Advertising Policy page.