Paris has many viewpoints that offer a new and more spectacular view of the City of Lights.
Here in our list of the 7 best panoramic views of Paris Skyline, you can find out which offer the best and most beautiful views of Paris and which ones are free.
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1. Notre Dame Towers
The towers of the world-famous Notre-Dame Cathedral offer a breathtaking panorama of Paris. A narrow spiral staircase leads visitors after 250 steps to the first viewing platform, after 400 steps to the second.
Thanks to the cathedral's central location, you can enjoy a very special view of the French capital and sights such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Seine. The numerous gargoyles that adorn the cathedral and conjure up a mystical ambience are also worth seeing.
2. Eiffel Tower
One of the most famous observation decks and one of the most popular sights of Paris is without a doubt the 324 meter high Eiffel Tower. The iconic Parisian landmark has three viewing platforms. The first (at a height of 57 meters) and second viewing platform (at a height of 115 meters) can be reached both by elevator and stairs. To get to the third platform at a height of 276 meters, visitors have to take the elevator.
If you want, you can complement the wonderful view with a drink or culinary highlights. From a snack bar to a Michelin starred restaurant, there are various restaurants in different price categories on all three floors.
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3. Sacré-Cœur Basilica
A breathtaking view of the skyline of Paris can be enjoyed from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. After climbing 300 steps of a spiral staircase, you reach the 83 meter high dome of the basilica. With its viewing platform at a height of 55 meters, from which you can also see the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Cœur is definitely one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Paris.
The 130 meter high Montmartre hill, on which the basilica is located, offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the view completely free of charge. The steps in front of the basilica are particularly popular with tourists. People also like to gather here to watch the sunset.
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4. La Grande Arche de La Defense
One of the most beautiful viewpoints in Paris lies in the business district La Défense. The modern monument “Grande Arche” is located here. An elevator ride with panoramic views take visitors to the panoramic terrace on the rooftop. Thanks to its location at the end of the "Historical Axis of Paris ", the striking, 110-meter-high building has an overwhelming view of attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées Avenue, the Louvre and the Tuileries Garden. The Eiffel Tower can also be admired from this vantage point.
5. Tour Montparnasse
After the Eiffel Tower, the Montparnasse tower is the highest viewpoint in Paris. It definitely offers one of the most beautiful views of the city, including a view of the Eiffel Tower. The roof terrace, which is 210 meters high, offers an impressive view of the skyline of Paris.
A panoramic observation deck can be found on the 56th floor of the skyscraper (at a height of 194 meters). In addition to an extraordinary panorama, it also provides visitors with an excellent restaurant. The view is especially beautiful at sunset.
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6. Parc des Buttes Chaumont
The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is located in the 19th arrondissement, in the north of Paris. The park, built on a quarry, delights with wonderful green areas, grottos and waterfalls. The highlight, however, is the panorama, which you can enjoy for free. For example, visitors can admire the view of Paris - especially of the popular Montmartre district - while having a picnic.
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7. Parc de Belleville
Another free viewpoint in Paris is Parc de Belleville. It is located in the 20th arrondissement off the beaten track. The green oasis rises from the 108 meter high Belleville hill. The park's main attraction is the park terrace on the top of the hill, which offers a wonderful panorama of the French capital and Parisian monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and the Tour Montparnasse.
Furthermore, the park features a 100 meter long cascade fountain as well as a playground, an open-air theater and a wooden village. Parc de Belleville is a great place to see the sun go down over Paris.
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You can enjoy the best view of Paris at following viewpoints:
- Notre Dame Towers
- Eiffel Tower
- Sacré Cœur Basilica
- La Grande Arche de La Defense
- Montparnasse Tower
- Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
- Parc de Belleville
The best viewpoints to watch the sunset in Paris are the steps in front of Sacré Cœur Basilica, the Tour Montparnasse, Parc de Belleville, the Esplanade du Trocadéro and along the Seine River.
Paris is the City of Love. The most important tourist attractions include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral.
1. Eiffel Tower
3. Notre Dame
5. Musée d'Orsay
You can find more in our guide Top 10 Sights in Paris.
France's capital has a lot to offer. In order to experience as much as possible and to discover the highlights of Paris, you should plan at least three days for your stay. Read our article “3 Days in Paris - What to do?” to find out how you can make the most of your stay and what not to miss in Paris.
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