The Montparnasse Tower is the highest monument in Paris and offers a breathtaking view of the entire capital from its panoramic terrace. Completed in 1974, it also has a reputation as the ugliest monument in the city! (Which makes some people say that the best way not to see it, is to go up there!). In addition to the access to the station, which serves a large part of western France, the Montparnasse district also has some beautiful walks and wide shopping opportunities. The Montparnasse cemetery is a unique destination. You can find the tombs of many illustrious figures, from Baudelaire to Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, from Maupassant to Gainsbourg, from Captain Dreyfus to Marguerite Duras. With its 19 hectares and 1200 trees, it is also known as one of the greenest places in Paris.
The Luxembourg Garden was created on the initiative of Queen Marie de Médicis in 1612.
Covering an area of 25 hectares, it is composed of a part arranged as a French garden and an English one. Between the two lies the famous large basin where children traditionally play with their sailboats. The Senate of the French Republic meets up in the Luxembourg Palace. This public garden is one of the most pleasant walks in Paris where you can wander through the alleys or read a book sitting on the iconic wrought iron green seats and armchairs.
When visiting Paris, to come and admire the great Iron Lady is an unavoidable rite!
From its 325 metres high, the Eiffel Tower proudly sits on top of the city of Paris and keeps an eye on its inhabitants and travellers from all over the world, who come to contemplate her.
Not far from the Arc de Triomphe and the Obelisk, this world-famous monument is the emblematic symbol of the French capital. For children or for adults, visiting this building will amaze you on every floor. During the day, it shines under the sun and offers a golden view of Paris while at night, it glitters and its reflection dances on the Seine, which lies at its feet.
Drilled according to Haussmann’s directives in the 19th century, along the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Boulevard Saint-Michel offered to Paris a major north/south axis, in parrallel with the historic and narrow rue Saint-Jacques. Due to its proximity to the Sorbonne, “Boul’Mich” is known today as one of the main places where police and students clashed in May 1968. It was at the time blocked by CRS barricades and vans for more than a month. The northern part of the boulevard, near Place Saint-Michel, is known for its many bookstores and clothing stores. It is also the gateway to the famous and scenic Latin Quarter, which extends to the Jardin des Plantes.
Cathedral of Notre-Dame
The majestic Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris respectfully watches over the Ile de la Cité and immerses you directly in the historical work of Victor Hugo.
The surroundings of the Gothic-style cathedral have some charm, but the majesty of the place can only be seen from the inside. The stained glass windows, paintings and the beautiful organ transport you into a mystical, magical and breathtaking universe.
It is possible to climb the 422 steps of the Notre-Dame towers in order to enjoy a breathtaking and panoramic view of the capital and admire the famous gargoyles that may come to life right in front of you.
Feel free to walk around the building to discover from all angles the different facades decorated with frescoes !