Tour Montparnasse is not a tour! Tour in French means tower so this is the tower building located in the Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris!
The building soars 689 feet above ground level its base has an almond shape with two triangular indentations at either end.
Apart from the 59 floors above ground there are an additional 6 underground levels. Within the building are 30 elevators each serving a different purpose and different floors.
There are 7,200 windows in the tall Paris skyscraper which contrasts with the rest of the Paris skyline.
Although the building is primarily an office block tourists can take the high speed elevator which takes 38 seconds to go from the ground floor to the 56th floor. From there visitors can then take a flight of stairs to the top floor and terrace.
On the Panoramic Floor (the 56th floor) the walls are of large plates of glass so that you have an uninterrupted 360° view of Paris.
On this level there are panels with information about the sites you can see down below, a permanent exhibition, interactive markets and quizzes, a gift shop and the 360° café.
In contrast to the enclosed Panorama Floor you can go up to the roof terrace where you are exposed to the elements. There are barriers around the sides of the terrace with a short roof covering the outer edges but basically if it rained or was cold the terrace would not offer you much protection.
The terrace is at a height of 210 meters and there are telescopes so that you can get a closer look at the City of Lights and orientation tables to help you identify the sites.
This is the highest observation point in Paris. From the terrace and the Panorama Floor you can see the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Sacre-Ceur, Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Montparnasse Cemetery and Place de la Bastille.
A visit to both the Panorama Floor and Roof Terrace will cost you €13.5 for adults, €10.5 for youths aged 16 to 20 years and €7 for children aged 7 to 15 years.
Under seven-year-olds, enter for free.
The tower is open from April to September from 9:30am to 11:30pm and from October to March Sunday to Thursday from 9:30am to 10:30pm and on Friday and Saturday they stay open until 11:30pm.
You can purchase tickets on the Montparnasse 56 website.
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