Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Favorite Views of Paris?

Jump to last reply

In cities like Paris I love clambering up to the top of tall edifices or hills to take in a sweeping view of all of Paris laid out below.

Of course the primo viewpoint is from the third floor of the Eiffel Tower - day or night - I love em both - the night lights attest to the city's moniker City of Light.

I've never been up the Montparnasse Tower but I assume the views are even better because you can see the Eiffel Tower too! (And locals used to say that the view from it was also good because you can't see this often presumed to be modern blight - being about the only skyscraper built inside central Paris itself (which generally has a several-story limit on buildings).

OTHER NEAT VIEWPOINTS:

Montmartre
In front of the Sacre Coeur church - from the steps unfolds most of Paris right down below.

The Galleries Lafayette
Not sure if the cafe once on a roof of this tall building is still there but if so another high-up sweet vista. Perhaps Au Printemps has one?

The Monde Arabe
On the Seine up river from Notre-Dame - a tea shop on the top has a good view of the Seine and Notre-Dame area.

Suresnes -
Suburban Suresnes sits high up on a mini-mountain to the west of Paris - I take trains there sometime just to take in the sweeping views of Paris from the west - all the famous monuments laid out like on a relief map. You can also often see the smoggy air Paris is infamous for - in part I believe because of inversion, being hemmed in by high hills on the west and east sides.

The Arc de Triomphe
Love this view right down the Champs-Elysees to the Tuileries and the Louvre - straight as an arrow and the other way to La Defense.

The Grande Arch de la Defense
Similar to the Arc de Triomphe but a longer lateral view down over Etoile and the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, etc.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE VIEWS IN PARIS?

10 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Please Take Our Survey
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jan 20, 15 at 11:06 AM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Revised Itinerary with 2 kids
  2. 2 South of Spain in late September - cities/areas?
  3. 3 Looking for some advice for an April Itenerary!
  4. 4 Provence planning
  5. 5 Does anyone travel with trip notes on an ipad? Tech help please!
  6. 6 Scottland for a day!
  7. 7 England, Paris itinerary help
  8. 8 Emilia Romagna Region
  9. 9 Family of 4 traveling 10 months
  10. 10 Transportation directly from Malpensa to place other than Milan
  11. 11 Avignon to Bordeaux by Train
  12. 12 Trip Report Our Spain Adventure -- Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Barcelona! (Part One)
  13. 13 Trip Report X-mas week in Istanbul trip report
  14. 14 Trip Report The Italian Riviera: A review.
  15. 15 Trip Report In Less Than 48 Hours, Chisinau and Transnistria
  16. 16 Bavarian Accommodations - Need Your Assistance
  17. 17 Venice Airport: How Long to Get Through Passport Clearance
  18. 18 Are there any deals to London or big cities in Europe?
  19. 19 Malpensa to Milano/Porto Garibaldi o Centrale Question...
  20. 20 Shipping bags home
  21. 21 Trip Report T-Mobile International Roaming in Europe: a Trip Report
  22. 22 London, Edinburgh, and Paris Itinerary
  23. 23 Germany for 3 weeks
  24. 24 Isle of Skye Lodging
  25. 25 Help me plan an unforgettable London/Paris trip...for my 5 year old
View next 25 » Back to the top