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Travelzoo Experience: Best Views in Paris

One of the most coveted perks at Travelzoo is the Travelzoo Experience, in which Deal Experts and other employees take advantage of the same travel, entertainment and local deals we publish to our subscribers and report back on their experience.

Paris’ postcard-worthy lanes and ornate building facades can easily be enjoyed with a stroll at ground level. However, to truly appreciate the web of boulevards and the illuminated landmarks that give the City of Light its nickname, you need a better vantage point. Here are some of the best views in Paris:

  • Eiffel Tower: The city’s most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower boasts the highest views in Paris (1,063 feet). Tickets range from €4.70-€13.40, depending on whether you choose to take the elevator or stairs and which level you go up to – though it’s only at the very top that you can purchase champagne to complement the views.   
  • Arc de Triomphe: Built to honor the soldiers in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, this patriotic monument offers a unique perspective of the 12 avenues that fan out in a star pattern with the Arc as their meeting point. See the Champs Élysées leading to the Louvre from one side and the skyscrapers of La Défense business district from the other (cost: €8).
  • Sacré Coeur Basilica: Nicknamed the “Sculpted Cloud” for its white domes that rise above the city, the Sacré Coeur was built on the highest point of land in the city. From its front lawn, you can get the best sense of the sprawling enormity of the city. Climb to the top of the dome for even higher views (€5) if you still have energy after the trek up the hill (the less ambitious or time-strapped can catch a ride on the funicular). 
  • Montparnasse Tower: This business district office building isn’t a landmark in itself, but it does offer one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower from its panoramic, 56th-floor viewing room (cost:  €11.50). Arrive at the top in only 38 seconds via one of the fastest elevators in the world, and stay for a bite at the café or restaurant.

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Kelsey

Deal Expert, New York
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
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