Paris, also known as the City of Lights, is one of the most attractive cities of the modern world. The culture, history, architecture, art, and the beauty of the city attract thousands of people from all over the world every day. The splendor of this city when witnessed from a height is even more incredible. Below are some of the best places to get a wholesome view of the glamorous Paris city.
Eiffel Tower offers unquestionably the best views of Paris. Looking out from the third platform on this iconic structure, you can see as far as the outskirts of the city at around 70 km from Paris. You can even see the Charles de Gaulle airport as well as the suburban regions. However, if you want to get a much closer look at the Paris city itself, it is better to descend down to the second platform. From here, you can see the popular monuments of Paris in detail.
This is a free platform located on top of the departmental store of Printemps on Boulevard Haussmann. It offers a fine rooftop view of Paris city, especially those of the Haussmannian constructions. Even though it does not offer a view as good as the other iconic buildings, it still provides a beautiful sight of the French capital city. The Madeleine Church and the Eiffel Tower could be easily seen from here.
The South tower of Notre Dame offers a grand view of the West Paris starting from Eiffel Tower to La Défense and Sacré-Cœur. Sitting at a height of 69 meters, the place will blow you away with an amazing panoramic view. You can marvel at the beauty of the Cathedral too from here. The green roof, the clocks, and the gargoyles can all be best viewed from the South tower.
The Sacré-Cœur Basilica offers one of the best views of Paris skyline. The top of the Montmartre Hill offers a stunning view in itself. Further up, the view after climbing the dome of Sacré-Cœur Basilica is even better. On a sunny day, you can see up to 30 km of the Paris city sprawled out in front of you. Stand at the external gallery of the dome and admire the grandeur yourself.
Montparnasse Tower is said to be the best one to have a view of all the major landmarks in Paris city. A viewing deck located on the 56th floor offers panoramic views of Paris from all sides. The major signatures of Paris including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Montmartre, and the Luxembourg Garden can be viewed from here in an entirely different perspective. There is an open-air roof-terrace for peaceful viewing of the landscape.
Arc de Triomphe
This is yet another excellent point to witness the delightful views of Paris city. There is a viewing platform, which offers spectacular views of the entire historical axis. Standing here, you can see the twelve avenues departing from the Place de l’Etoile, as well as the Louvre and the Grand Arche in the CBD of La Defense. It is advised to visit the place during sunset when the whole of Paris will be illuminated by tiny lights.
Said to be the competition for the Printemps department store, this place offers an equally stunning view of Paris. You can see the Grands Boulevards district, Notre Dame Cathedeal, as well as the Pantheon from the viewing point here. It is also a favorite among photographers, who like to capture the bird-eye view of Parisian beauty.
This is a hill situated at 162 meters above the sea level along the western region of Paris. Stretching from the grand terrace at the fortress, the view takes the visitors from the Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse Tower, and the Pantheon, to stunning views of Bois de Boulogne.
Parc de Saint-Cloud
Another one of the best viewing points in Paris, the Park of Saint-Cloud is located at a height of 100 meters above the sea level. You can see the monuments including La Defense, the Eiffel Tower, and the Montparnasse Tower from here. This is certainly one of the best places to visit when on a Paris private tour to get a panoramic view of the city.
Parc De Belleville
This is a park located on the slopes of the hill of Belleville. Sitting at an altitude of 108 meters above the sea level, it is the highest park in Paris. It offers picturesque views of Paris city, and the best time to visit the place is during the sunrise.
Although there are several places to get a panoramic view of the French capital, the above places stand out among the rest. Make sure to include these places on your Paris tour.