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“Best View” 4 of 5 stars
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Montparnasse
Paris, France (Montparnasse)
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Ranked #67 of 1,121 things to do in Paris
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: This lively neighborhood is located in the 14th Arrondissement.
Swansea, Illinois
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“Best View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

The Montparnasse observatory is honestly the best view of the city. Right now there is only one lift working in the Eiffel Tower which means the queues might take as long as 2 hours just to go up inside. Instead go to the Montparnasse tower. This way you have the Effel tower in your photos of the city.

Visited September 2012
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“Excellent view of city, reasonable price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

This is 1 of 5 literal high points in Paris to visit...the others are the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur church. Each of these attractions give you an excellent view of the city for fantastic pictures..and each is in a different part of the city, giving you an overall comprehensive Paris experience. The price is about 8 euros after your Paris Visite discount which I equally recommend (unlimited metro/RER/transilien train ticket). Be sure that you go to Montparnasse on a sunny day, as you would all of the "high points" in the city. We made a day of it by starting at the Eiffel tower and then strolling to Montparnasse and then took the metro to the Arc de Triomphe. Do not over-use the metro.....expect to walk alot in Paris...but stroll and take it in. You will have tired feet, but its worth it. We averaged about 6 miles a day walking (and lost 10 pounds in a week!) Bathrooms are at the ground floor (go while you are waiting in line for the elevator) and on the top floor.

Visited August 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Paris panorama that includes the Eiffel Tower”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Best place to visit later at night when the Eiffel Tower sparkles (at 10/11pm) it's a reasonable entrance fee at something like 8 Euro. And you get to see the whole city including the Eiffel Tower.

Visited August 2012
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Paris, France
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“an old modern building”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

maybe this tower is special for parisian as you don't see much modern buildings in paris. it isn't looked attractive to me at all. but it might be a good place to have view in paris. however, you might go up too montmartre, you'll have better view of paris from there.

Visited August 2012
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Holmdel, New Jersey
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“Enjoyed this little town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Even though we did not spend most of our time here, it was a great starting off point to visit the rest of Paris by Metro. Stayed at Hotel de la Paix on Blvd. Raspail, which was a very quiet main street, and the hotel was great.

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