Aerial view of the Eiffel Tower on background of business district of La Defense, seen from Tour Montparnasse.
Looking for a tall tower in Paris, with panoramic views of the city? Nope, not the Eiffel Tower, but Tour Montparnasse! Tour Montparnasse was the tallest building in France until the construction of the Tour First building in 2011 took its crown.
Nonetheless, this is still the tallest building in Paris and its observation deck offers the most amazing views of this metropolitan city. Opened in 1973 as an office block, it’s still used for this purpose, but has a restaurant, le Ciel de Paris, on the 56th floor (the building has 59 floors in total) with a terrace, both of which are open to the public.
So for the best views of Paris, without the crowds, head up to the Tour Montparnasse!