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Montparnasse and Tour Eiffel. Best places & monuments not to be missed

Montparnasse and Tour Eiffel

The Montparnasse and Eiffel Tower itinerary takes four to several hours (depending on whether you want to visit various museums or not). You can travel the famous district of Montparnasse, from whose tower, high 210 meters, you will have a unique view of the city and the two greatest works consecrated to the glory of armies, namely Les Invalides School Military. Last but not least, the monument that, more than any other, has entered the global collective imagination: the Eiffel Tower.


From the metro station of Raspail,o Edgar Quinet, you will find yourself in the beating heart of Montparnasse, a few meters from the famous Artists Boulevard, and just in front of the homonymous cemetery. Over time, it has become the home of Parisian artists and writers: Sartre, Maupassant, De Beauvoir, and Baudelaire, whose tomb in the VI division is the most visited. In the vicinity of the second largest cemetery in Paris, there is also the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain; it is a transparent building built to house the Cartier headquarters and which hosts contemporary art exhibitions.

Montparnasse and Tour Eiffel itinerary
The Tour Montparnasse and Tour Eiffel, continues to Boulevard de Montparnasse, great artery that preserves some of the most prestigious places of literary life in the district, between the nineteenth and twentieth century. Here, you will find, for example, “La Rotonde”, a brasserie which has recently risen on the ashes of the homonymous bistro of the early years of the ‘900; The dome, the dome o La Closeries Des Lilas, they are just some of the places that have made history in this district. Continuing, we arrive at the Maine-Montparnasse Tower. The Tower, built in 1973, with its 210 meters dominates the city; climb up to the n.59 floor, from whose terrace you can enjoy the most beautiful and evocative view of the city.

The Tower offers a fantastic view at 360° of the city. Furthermore, it is the highest vantage point in front of the Eiffel Tower. It is open every day, including holidays, from April to September, from 09:30 to 23:30; from October to March, from 09:30 to 22:30 (the weekend, in winter, closes at 23).

The adult ticket costs 19€. Reduced, for children from 3 to 11 years, costs 8€.

Les Invalides
From Bd Montparnasse continue towards Boulevard des Invalides. If you want to know the military history of France then you can not miss a visit to Les Invalides. It is a wonderful complex of which the Musée de l’Armée, military museum of the French Army, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, Musée d’Histoire Contemporaine and the so-called ‘military necropolis’, that is, the burial place of some of the war heroes of France, including Napoleon Bonaparte.

Inside the military museum it is possible to admire the collections that tell the military history from the Middle Ages to the Second World War. You can admire weapons, uniforms, maps and flags, coming not only from the western world, but also from China, Japan, India and Turkey. The Museum exhibits, in absolute, one of the largest collections of weapons in the world. The Dôme (open from 10 to 17) welcomes Napoleon’s Tomb and presents majestic forms.

The museum is open every day, including Sundays and holidays. From April to October, from 10:00 to 18:00. From November to March, from 10:00 to 17:00. Entry is allowed within 30 minutes of closure.

The ticket price, at full fare, is €4, which can also be purchased online.

Not far from here, you find another important military monument in Paris: the École Militaire, a vast complex of buildings housing one of the most important French military academies, located at the Champ de Mars in Paris. The latter, an immense garden, is one of the most pleasant and most visited places in the capital. Not to be missed during your Montparnasse and Tour Eiffel itinerary, with the homonymous tower that stands out on the fields.

Paris Tour Eiffel

The Eiffel Tower saw the light in the 1889 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French revolution, during the universal exposition, and in its original intentions, it should have been demolished in the 1909. Instead, soon, he will be doing well 130 years. High just over 300 meters, it is organized on three levels: 57 meters the first, 115 the second and finally 276 the third, all reachable with a lift running from 09:30 to 23:45. Lighting is provided by 336 projectors for golden light, with well 20 thousand light bulbs that light up 5 minutes every hour until one or two at night. At night, the tower becomes the suggestive romantic lighthouse of the city. There is also a small museum on the Tower where you can watch a short film about the history of the construction and two renowned restaurants are quite expensive. Today it is the WORLD’S MOST VISITED monument and the view from its height is incomparable.

It is advisable to go up early or in the evening, avoiding rush hours with endless rows. The elevator works daily from 09:30 to 23:45. To go up to the top floor, the full rate is €26.80 for adults, €13.40 for children (12-14 years) and €6.70 for children (4-11 years). Those wishing to save money can opt for the second floor, at a cost of €17.10 per adult.For more information, please refer to to the official website.

If you should find yourself in the evening, do not miss the show of the Tower from the Trocadero: absolutely fantastic!

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