Near our hotel in Paris’ 6th
Less than a quarter hour walk on foot from the hotel and passing along Rue de Rennes and all its shops, the Montparnasse Tower dominates the Paris skyline at 210 metres. The tower’s panoramic observatory offers a unique 360° view of the capital, and you can see up to 40 km away on a clear day. Day or night, you’ll be able to enjoy a spectacular and unparalleled view of the City of Light.
On the ground and first floor, the tower contains the Montparnasse Rive Gauche shopping centre with numerous international brands like Galeries Lafayette.
Designed at the end of the 1960s and inaugurated in 1973, the Montparnasse Tower, a unique Parisian skyscraper, will soon be seeing a renovation of its 59 floors and 210 m tall exterior. This should be done soon, with plans to make the monument more aesthetically pleasing and greener. Indeed, a refurb might just be the thing to make Parisians fall in love with Montparnasse Tower again, which some have always accused of ruining the skyline. Soon we’ll be saying goodbye to the dull, opaque façade jazzed up with LEDs and hello to a transparent, “breathing tower”. An extra 18 m will be added to the top to include a greenhouse and an urban farm which would directly descend a floor towards the kitchens of the Montparnasse 56 panoramic restaurant.
There are lots of other things to do near Montparnasse Tower. Wander around the neighbourhood and you’ll discover the Jardin du Luxembourg, artists’ houses and the legendary Rue Campagne Première, as well as such museums as the Musée Bourdelle, the Musée Zadkine and the Musée du Montparnasse.
At the foot of Montparnasse Tower, you’ll also find Montparnasse Cemetery, one of the oldest in Paris. This is where countless famous figures are interred, including Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Baudelaire.