Monday, November 28, 2011

Discover Paris from its heights

From the Eiffel Tower to the heights of Buttes Chaumont Park, contemplate Paris from a different angle. It is an original way of discovering the capital. This is our selection of unmissable heights!

Eiffel Tower
Visitors can ascend the Eiffel Tower using the steps or the lifts. The staircases open to the public go up to the 2nd floor (115m). Three lifts (North, East and West Pillars) serve the 1st and 2nd floors (115m). Either one or two of them are in operation, depending on maintenance or security requirements. To reach the summit (276m), you need to change lifts on the second floor (entry fee payable).

Montparnasse Tower
The 56th floor and the panoramic terrace of the Montparnasse Tower will give you an unusual view of Paris. Climb to the top and discover the whole of Paris over 360°.
Rue de l'Arrivée (15th) (entry fee payable).

Notre Dame Church
Climbing the towers of Notre-Dame allows you to visit all the high points of the 13th century western façade so you can contemplate the gargoyles and fanciful sculptures created by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century and the great 17th century bell. No lift, just 387 steps to reach the top of the South Tower, so you need to be in good shape before you try and climb them! (entry fee payable)

Georges Pompidou Centre
An exceptional panoramic view of central Paris. A Panorama Ticket at the flat rate of €3 gives access to the panoramic view on the 6th floor. Free for those under 26 and on the first Sunday of the month.

Arc de Triomphe
At the top of the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe offers an admirable view of Paris with, in the foreground, twelve great avenues radiating out in the form of a star. 3 Place Charles de Gaulle (16th) (entry fee payable)
Arc de Triomphe

Jean-sans-Peur Tower
The highest medieval civil tower in the north of Paris is the last vestige of the place where the fate of the Kingdom of France was decided in the early 15th century. Address: 20, Rue Etienne Marcel - 75002 Paris (entry fee payable).

Saint-Jacques Tower
Discover a panoramic photo taken from the top of the Saint-Jacques Tower. It is an unusual view as access to the tower is prohibited for security reasons.
Click to access the 360° view

The Panthéon
Located at the top of Saint Geneviève mountain, in the middle of the Latin quarter, schools and universities, the Panthéon dominates the whole of Paris. During almost all the 19th century, the Panthéon was the first monument foreigners and people from the provinces saw when they arrived in Paris and also the one from which they could admire the whole city. Enjoy a wide panoramic view of the capital from the external colonnade of the dome - 25 Place du Panthéon (5th) (entry fee payable).
Le Panthéon

French National Library
The building is organized around a base and four corner towers, each 79 metres high. These house seven floors of offices protected by mobile wooden shutters and eleven floors of shops. The esplanades are reached via a vast series of steps facing the Seine. The two entrances are located to the east and west. 11, Quai François Mauriac (13th)
Visits to the panoramic viewpoint at the top of the towers every Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Price: €3. Bookings on: 01 53 79 40 43 and 01 53 79 49 49

Sacré Coeur
The Sacré Coeur Basilica overlooks Montmartre and is its globally recognised symbol. From the Basilica forecourt it is possible to see the whole of Paris. A visit to the Dome, which is over 200 metres high, allows visitors to enjoy a landscape which extends 50km all around. This makes it the highest point in Paris after the Eiffel Tower (constructed in 1889!)  (entry fee payable)

Institute of the Arab World
Free entrance; a large panoramic terrace offers a view of the Seine and the bridges of Paris from above -1 Rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard - 75005 Paris (free access)

Palais de Chaillot
A converted suite in the Palais de Chaillot offers an unrestricted and unusual view of the Trocadéro district. It is only open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm. Flat rate of €3 per person (free for under 18s) - Palais de Chaillot 1, Place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre - 75016 Paris

On the roof of the Printemps Haussmann department store
The terrace of the Printemps Haussmann department store offers a 360° panorama and an unrestricted view of the most prestigious monuments of Paris. Located on the 9th floor of the store, the terrace can be accessed free of charge every day from 9.35 am to 8pm and on Thursdays until 10pm (free access).

Paris by balloon at the André Citroën Park
Since 2002, it has been possible to hover over Paris in a balloon on the lawn of André Citroën Park. This large, 32 metres-high helium balloon, which is visible from the south of Paris, can be accessed by the public much to the delight of children and the wonder of adults. It is connected to the ground by a 150 metres cable and operates like a silent lift, powered by the lightness of the helium (entry fee payable).

The Maison de l'Air on the hills of the 20th district
The Maison de l'Air offers a remarkable panorama of Paris for observing the city, its skyline and its atmospheric phenomena. At the very top of Belleville Park, 27, Rue Piat – 20th district (free access)
Maison de l'Air

Buttes Chaumont Park, the steepest park in Paris
If you climb up to the small temple which overlooks the park, you will have an unrestricted view of all parts of the 19th district and the surrounding areas. Very romantic! (free access).

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