On the quest of impressive views on Paris, it took me a while before I went up on the Tour Montparnasse, which used to be France’s highest sky scraper until 2009, when a bigger one was constructed in the business district of La Défence, several kilometers from here.
Paris is full of beautiful and intriguing places to see, so I guess the dull 1960s architecture of this monstrous building did not appeal to me that much initially. Which is not really an excuse, because once you’re on the Tour Montparnasse you actually see a whole lot of Paris and not the ugly building itself!
An official visit to the top floor costs € 9.50, but as I’m a stingy local I could not be bothered and rather went to see the restaurant, located on the 56th floor (and not the 59th, only three below the final one). The entrance is free but prices are rather high, so my usual strategy is to only order a coffee in such situations.
An advantage in comparison to the Eiffel tower is that you reach the view rather quickly: queues are much shorter and the lifts are so efficient that they make your ears pop. On top of that, you can always go here on windy days because the restaurant is inside.