While most first-time travellers looking for a beautiful view of Paris tend to make a beeline for the Eiffel Tower, it’s hard to admire the most iconic landmark of the city when you are standing on it. Fortunately, there are plenty of excellent view points in the City of Light that are guaranteed to get those cameras snapping. Here are 7 places to get the best views of Paris…
It’s the French answer to the Rockefeller Centre, a 210-metre skyscraper located right in the heart of Paris with a panoramic observation deck providing a bird’s eye view of the city. Look down at the iconic monuments and districts from the 56th floor and visit at twilight to watch the beautiful city lights flicker into life. There is a wheelchair-accessible lift to the observation deck, however the terrace on the 59th can only be reached by steps.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Pairs, commonly known as Sacré Coeur is a Roman Catholic Church located in the picturesque district of Montmartre, in the north of the city. While entry is free, it is best to arrive early if you’re hoping to access the Dome and enjoy spectacular views from this hilltop perch. However, bear in mind there are 300 steps to climb and no lift.
This eye-catching tribute to the soldiers who laid down their lives for France is one of the most iconic sights in Paris. Climb the 234 steps to the 50-metre high observation deck and you’ll be richly rewarded for your efforts with a panorama of the city, from La Défense and the Champs Elysées, all the way up to the Sacré Coeur. At present there is only a lift to the museum level, but work is being undertaken to ensure accessibility to the top terrace – it is due to be completed in June 2018.
The Big Wheel at Concorde is one of the must-see sights of Paris for families. With its collection of small, heated cabins - including a modified one for those with wheelchairs - this romantic structure lifts you a dizzying 70 metres off the ground where you can enjoy all of Paris spread out at your feet.
The roof and gardens of Le 43 Cocktail Bar, situated on the ninth floor of the Notre-Dame Holiday Inn offers incredible views out over the whole of Paris. Dressed in tropical plants, the terrace is only open in the summer from 5pm until midnight. It’s so popular that you need to book a few weeks in advance. However, residents and visitors alike understand it’s worth it for the most exclusive view in town.
Pack a bottle of wine, crusty loaf of bread and creamy French cheese as you head off to the Buttes-Chaumont Park, one of the biggest green spaces in the city. Set up a blanket and soak up the stunning views of the city over lunch, before walking off your meal in the picturesque grounds. Main paths are accessible but, due to large uneven areas, it’s recommended that wheelchair users are accompanied.
This fancy French department store chain has a secret at its Parisian branch – an excellent roof terrace with a 360-degree view of the city is tucked away at the top. The best part? It can be accessed for free! Take the lift to the seventh floor, and prepare to be amazed.
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