Figuring out which is the top 5 attractions for the best Paris views is not easy, as you may know, the City of light is not lacking of panoramic views with its high constructions such as the Eiffel Tower and its hilly areas. Admiring every bit of the City from a nice point of view is the best way to start or end a visit of Paris. Which attractions in Paris will offer you the best view? Here’s where to head for panoramic views of Paris.

Top 5 attractions for the best Paris views

Cathedral Notre-Dame

Located in the Ile de la Cité, Notre-Dame is known for being one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Going at the top will allow you to see the inside of the cathedral, but also to enjoy an amazing view over Paris.

After climbing lots of dizzying spiral stairs to get there, you will be rewarded by the incredible view and by meeting the famous gargoyles.

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View from Notre-Dame

Opening times subject to changeOpen every day

1 April to 30 September: 10 am to 6:30 pm.

Open until late in July and August, Fridays, Saturdays, 10 am to 11 pm.

1 October to 31 March: 10 am to 5:30 pm (4:30 pm 2nd October 2012).

Last admission 45 mins before closing.

On January 1, May 1 and December 25

Pay attention:
Due to works, access to South belfry and Emmanuel bell is closed from 26 November 2012 to 26 august 2013; the monument is closed 19 February to 10 march 2013, except week-ends and Monday 25 February 2013

Adult rate: 8,50 €Reduced rate: 5,50 €

Adult group rate: 6,50 € (minimum 20 persons)

School group rate: 30 € (maximum 35 students, 2 accompanying adults included, adult group rate for additional accompanying adult)

Free admission:

Minors under 18 (family visit)

18-25 years old (for people under 26 years old who are citizens of one the 27 countries of EU or are non-European permanent residents of France)

Disabled visitors and their escorts

Metro: lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14Bus: 21, 38, 47, 58, 70, 72, 74, 81, 82, 82 and Balabus

RER: lines B and C

By car: follow the banks of the Seine river to Ile de la Cité

Park Belleville

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From the Parc de Belleville you’ll have a nice and secret view over Paris

Looking for a secret view over Paris? The Parc de Belleville is my favourite park in Paris. This romantic-style park provides one of the best views of the city. You’ll have a charming and off-the-beaten-track stroll here. My advice is to choose this view if you want to have a calm afternoon on a nice weather day.

Metro Pyrenées. To get to the park, take the Rue des Envièrges up the hill from Rue de Belleville until you reach the panorama and the park entrance on your right.Open everyday. From 10 am to 6 pm.

 

The bridges of the Seine

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The Pont de la Concorde leads to the National Assembly

If you ever find a bad view from a Seine River Bridge let me know! Each bridge has its own story and unique view. My favourite one is the Concorde Bridge, from which you can see the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the beautiful Place de la Concorde.

I also like the Saint-Louis Bridge, which is linking the Saint-Louis Island and the Cité Island in the heart of Paris. From it you can admire the Pont des Arts where lovers attach locks as a symbol of their love.

Montparnasse Tower

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The view from the Montparnasse Tower at night

This is without a doubt the greatest 360-degree view you can have of Paris. You can see every landmark of the city from this 689 feet Tower. It’s the only skyscraper of Paris, and like most Parisians, I don’t like this big black building coming out of nowhere.

But the good thing is that if you go at the top of it, you’ll enjoy an amazing view of Paris, with the Eiffel Tower and without the Montparnasse Tower. That’s why I strongly recommend you to go on top of the Montparnasse tower and not on top of the Eiffel Tower. Plus, the line is shorter! The view is amazing during the day but is even prettier at night, you will understand with Paris is called the City of Light!

The Tower Montparnasse Panoramic visitor’s centre is open everyday, without exception.1st April – 30th December; 9:30 am to 11:30 pm.

1st October – 31st March: 9 am to 10:30 pm Last elevator up leaves 1/2 hour before closing

Adults: 13.5€16-20 year olds and students: 10,5€

7-15 year olds: 8€

Disabled persons: 7€

Entrance: rue de l’ArrivéeUnderground station: Montparnasse Bienvenüe (4, 6, 12 et 13) – 10 bus lines

In front of the Montparnasse Train Station.

 

Montmartre – the Sacré-Coeur

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The view from the Sacré Coeur

At the base of the Sacre Coeur Basilica in hilly Montmartre you have one of Paris‘s most famous panoramic viewpoint. You can either brave the stairs up to the top, or take the funicular up the hill for the price of a metro ticket.

But pickpockets are known to operate in the area so watch your belongings and avoid going there at night. If you have the time, it is free to enter the basilica and it is worth it! To get there, take Metro line 2 to Anvers, and follow signs to “Butte Montmartre” (Montmartre Knoll).

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