Montparnasse Tower in Paris: History, Facts and Tickets to the Top

Ezgi P aktualisiert am July 28, 2021

The Montparnasse Tower, LaTour Montparnasse in French, is a 59-storey skyscraper located in Montparnasse, in the 15 th arrondissement of Paris.

It is among the list of the tallest buildings in Europe and the only hall tower in the center of Paris. Indeed, most of the tall towers of the city are concentrated in the financial district of La Défense but this special one is not.

Montparnasse Tower is not an extraordinary building however, it is a great attraction as it give the most incredible view of Paris (specially the Eiffel Tower) and the important Parisian monuments from its top floor. In this article, we will give you all the information you need to know about the tower, including about the tickets to the top.

What can I do at Montparnasse Tower ?

Montparnasse Tower is a 210 m (689 ft) high skyscraper which has a wonderful view from its 56th floor to observe the most iconic buildings in Paris including the Eiffel Tower. On the 56th floor there is a restaurant, an exhibition space and a cinema.
Montparnasse is a very lively neighbourhood with a lot of restaurants, shopping areas, cafes, theatres and cinemas. 

After a birdeye view from the Montparnasse Tower, you can discover a lot of things in this neighbourhood. The Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetière du Montparnasse) is located very near to the tower.

It attracts a large number of tourists as there are the tombs of many prominent people such as Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Charles Baudelaire.

Le Cilel de Paris

Le Cilel de Paris is a restaurant on the 56th floor of Montparnasse Tower. It's entrance is made by a seperate elevator. The restaurant offers a spectacular view of the city.

The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8 am to 10:30 pm (The restaurant will be open on Tuesday July 14th).

The Bar is open from 8 am to midnight.

Entrance, Tickets and Tours

Reserving your ticket in advance is suggested to avoid long queue for admission. The ticket allows the entrance twice within 48 hours. This means you can see the outstanding Paris view day and night.

  • To save time, money and avoid hassle, you can prepare your trip by buying all the online tickets you need in advance in our official Paris Tickets Shop.

How to get to the Montparnasse Tower

  • You can easily reach the Montparnasse Tower from the Metro station "Montparnasse-Bienvenüe" on the lines 4, 6, 12 and 13. 
  • You can also take a bus number : 28, 58, 82, 88, 89, 91, 92, 94, 95 and 96.
  • There is a paid parking area in Paris, if you get there with your own vehicle.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

How tall is the Tour de Montparnasse?

Tour de Montparnasse is 210 meter (689 ft) high.

Who was the architect of the Tour de Montparnasse?

Tour de Montparnasse was constructed between the years 1969 to 1973 on the site of the old Montparnasse station by the architect Robert Saubot. 

What is the use of Tour de Montparnasse today?

Montparnasse Tower is not an extraordinary building however, it is a great attraction as it give the most incredible view of Paris (specially the Eiffel Tower) and the important Parisian monuments from its top floor. 

It attracts a large number of tourists as there are the tombs of many prominent people such as Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Charles Baudelaire.

How can ı get to Tour de Montparnasse?

  • You can easily reach the Montparnasse Tower from the Metro station "Montparnasse-Bienvenüe" on the lines 4, 6, 12 and 13. 
  • You can also take a bus number : 28, 58, 82, 88, 89, 91, 92, 94, 95 and 96.
  • History of the Montparnasse Tower

    Tour de Montparnasse takes its name from the district where it is located. Montparnasse is an important district where the Gare Montparnasse is located. 

    It was constructed between the years 1969 to 1973 on the site of the old Montparnasse station by the architect Robert Saubot. Montparnasse Tower was the tallest skyscraper in France until 2011, but it was surpassed by the Tour First with 231 m. 

    Following the massive criticism about destroying the Parisian ladscape, the construction of skyscrappers in the center of Paris was banned.

    It is visited by more than one million people in a year.

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