The sommet of Paris panoramas is of
course the sommet (top)
of the Tour Eiffel. Depending on what
day you visit, you may have to wait
for hours to reach the top, and on some days you may
not be able to reach it at all.
What to do? Well, the tower's first and second
levels offer splendid views not much different
from the top, for less money and less waiting
Not only that, more than a dozen other buildings
in Paris offer spectacular views at less cost
with shorter (or no) waits. Here they are:
Arc de Triomphe
Great views—including of the Eiffel
the top of a monument you'll have to see in
any case. More...
Basilique du Sacré-Coeur
Everybody goes to Montmartre to see the church,
and stays to see the views: panoramic, fantastic, all of
Everybody hated it when it was built—as with
the Eiffel Tower—but
if you're on top of it, you don't see it, you see all
of Paris—including the Eiffel
Believe it or not, there are great views from the rooftop
of this superb museum, and they're included in the
regular admission fee. More...
Arche de la Défense
Modern expression of the triumphal arch, there's
never a long line to get to the top of this
huge monument and enjoy the view. More...
Don't forget that some of these vantage points,
such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc
de Triomphe and
Tour Montparnasse, are open
at night when
Paris truly becomes the City of Light.