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Where to Find the Best Views in Paris


Where to Find the Best Views in Paris

Although just about every part of Paris is scenic, there are a few spots that offer the best views over (and fantastic photos of) the City of Light—if you know where to find them. Here are some of the best places to find panoramic views of Paris.


The Eiffel Tower summit

Because of course.

Take the elevator up to the Eiffel Tower observation deck to see an unobstructed 360-degree view of Paris that makes it look like a living map. A nighttime trip to the top can be just as atmospheric as a visit during the day.

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The Arc de Triomphe terrace

Picture-perfect views over Paris.

From the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Élysées to the iconic rooftops of Paris, the views from the Arc de Triomphe are sweeping. Reach the arch via the city's underground walkway to avoid trying to dodge the traffic at street level.

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The Arc de Triomphe offers amazing Parisian views. Photo: Pierre Morel / Viator

The Montparnasse Tower observation deck

For views that include the Eiffel Tower.

The tallest structure in France, the Tour Montparnasse hides a semi-secret observation level. A trip to the the 56th floor costs less than a visit to the Eiffel Tower, involves shorter lines, and boasts a lovely view that has one major thing the Eiffel Tower summit doesn't—a panorama that actually includes Paris' most famous landmark.

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The Seine River

Because bird's-eye views aren't always necessary.

Admire Paris' World Heritage–listed riverbanks and major sights from the water on a Seine boat cruise. A hop-on hop-off ticket lets you visit the attractions that most interest you on your own schedule, while a lunch cruise allows you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.

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Beautiful views can also be had from the River Seine. Photo: Cyril Marcilhacy / Viator

The Notre Dame Cathedral towers

For a gargoyle's-eye view.

Perch yourself among the somber gargoyles at the Notre Dame's famous bell towers for a splendid view of Paris. A skip-the-line ticket ensures you'll spend your time admiring the view at the top instead of waiting for it at the bottom.

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Centre Pompidou

Paris views without the crowds.

One of the best-kept secrets of this quirky inside-out museum is on the fifth floor in the form of a truly spectacular viewpoint. From there, you'll be able to see the stellar Sacré-Coeur, seemingly far away on its stately hill.

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