Here I've revealed my list of the best spots to photograph the best skyline in Paris. If you know more places, feel free to comment down below, and I'll be sure to check them out during my next visit! ;)
1. On top of the Centre Pompidou (a.k.a. Beaubourg)
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2. On top of the Tour Montparnasse
The 56th floor of Tour Montparnasse is the best spot to get your bearings. From above, you will have a chance to identify all the famous landmark from a birds' eye view. Unlike many other viewing platforms, you don’t have to climb til you cry, the tower boasts one of the fastest life in Europe. (Amen.)
3. On top of the Notre-DameThis is the postcard view of Paris you’ll never ever forget: gargoyles looking over the city. But there’s a catch. to appreciate it, you have to overcome the windy never-ending narrow staircase. The good news is, there are some parts of the staircase where you can step into the “hole in the wall” and catch your breath without having to block everyone's way. I recommend everyone to go after 1pm for a chance to access the highest part of the tower, however, you’ll have to face a very and I mean VERY long line. Don’t miss the interior of the Cathedral after climbing the bell tower, if you are lucky, you’ll be able to enjoy an organ recital.
4. On top of the Arc de TriompheAtop Arc de Triomphe is the most reputable spot to see the lights of the city at night. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see the Louvre at one end and the modern version of Arc de Triomphe in La Defense on the other side. The best activity here is to set your camera exposure and capture the night view, you can take some pretty impressive photos of moving lights dashing across the city.
5. On top of Montmartre Hill/ Sacré-Coeur
I went without expectations and it swept me off my feet. From the top of Montmartre Hill, you thought this skyline view of Paris is unbeatable, but no, walk further up. The view from the dome roof of Sacré Cœur basilica is the least well known, but in fact, one of the most amazing. After about 300 steps, you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular vista.
6. On the top of the Eiffel Tower1 friendly reminder: book tickets in advance, book all the way to the top. The iron tower built for the 1889 World Fair had become the icon of Paris, thus, the line could be terrifying. Although the 3rd platform offers a much more impressive view (until the outskirt), it is the view from the 2nd platform that captured the hearts of many. Note that you won’t see the Eiffel Tower in your photograph (obviously), if the view of the Eiffel tower is what you are after, check out this article instead: Where to find the best view of the Eiffel Tower (A Closer Look).
7. On top of the Museum OrsayAfter a day appreciating Monet, Van Gogh and other impressionist artists, head to the top floor to enjoy the Instagram-worthy view of Paris through a giant clock.
8. On top of the Printemps
|View on top of Printemps . Photo shared by Hannah from Hannah International.|
9. On top of the Galeries LafayetteAnother high-end department store in Paris has its says about skyline view as well. The panoramic terrace of Galeries Lafayette gives an incredible view of the Grands Boulevards district, featuring Notre-Dame and Panthéon in the frame.
10. Along Line 6 on Paris Metro System
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11. Rooftop Restaurants and Bars
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12. On top of the Ferris Wheel at Concorde
|View from the Concorde Ferris Wheels. Photo shared by Magaly from Border Free Adventures.|
13. On top of Mont Valérien, Suresnes
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14. From Parc des Buttes Chaumont
|Butte Chaumont. Photo shared by Hannah from Hannah International.|
15. From Your HotelHere are some examples of hotel offering not just a good night sleep, but also a truly unforgettable panoramic view over Paris: Hyatt, Shangri-la, Hôtel Raphael.
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