The best sunset views in Paris

When you’re sauntering along the streets of Paris you can’t help but notice how incredibly beautiful it is. Everything is pretty. Even the street lamps are pretty.

But when you get up high and have a view over the entire city it’s something else completely. From a high viewing point you can fully appreciate the enormity of Paris and you start to realise how many incredible landmarks there are.

The views are made even better by the fact there aren’t many skyscrapers in Paris so you really can see for miles and miles.

You can see all these famous sights in one panoramic view and I can guarantee you’ll be silenced by the beauty of it.

Add a gorgeous sunset that turns to sky from blue to pink to orange to red and it’s even better.

Add a glass of champers and it’s perfect.

Sunset from Montparnasse Tower

Here are 5 places for the best view over Paris

1. Arc de Triomphe

Not only does the Arc de Triomphe look gorgeous but it’s great to go inside, go to the top and enjoy the view. It’s 50 meters high and if you visit after 6.30pm you’ll also see the flame of the unknown solider.

2. Eiffel Tower

Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without zooming to the top of the Eiffel Tower. It’s not just about the view from the top, it’s about riding the lift up one of the world’s most iconic landmarks.

If it’s a cloudy day then wait until after dark for a better view when the city is sparkling. If it’s sunny it will look good at any time of day or night.

To avoid the queues it’s worth booking a ticket in advance but this does mean you’re scheduled in to a specific time slot. Remember that sunset tickets sell out quickly and make sure you buy your ticket from the proper Eiffel Tower ticket website (currently €15) rather than on a site like Viator where you’ll be charged a minimum of €40.

3. Sacre Coeur Basilica Viewpoint

Located on Montmartre hill, it’s unsurprising Sacre Coeur attracts the crowds who come to admire both the church and the view. Aim to visit the church about an hour before sunset and stay for the views.

4. Palais de Chaillot (Trocadero)

Palais de Chaillot is also know as the Trocadero. There are two museums up here and they look right out to the Eiffel Tower so you get a great view with perfect photo opportunities.

5. Montparnasse Tower

Eiffel Tower at Sunset

While I was in Paris I only had the chance to visit Montparnasse Tower and I’m very pleased I went for this option because the view was incredible. I arrived at 7pm and stayed until about 8.30pm as I watched the sun melt into the city. Paris fell into a temporary state of blue gloom before lights began to flicker on and it was sparkling once again.

The view from the Eiffel Tower might be good but any view with the Eiffel Tower in it is better.

Montpanasse Tower is actually a really ugly building so don’t be put off when you arrive. There will probably be a short queue to get your ticket (€8.50) and get in the lift which takes you to the 56th floor. They’re very proud about this being the fastest lift in Europe and takes just 38 seconds to reach the top.You can then walk up to the 59th floor where the panoramic terrace awaits. There’s a small champagne bar up here and a café on the 56th floor.

From the top you can see:

  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Arc de triomphe
  • Les Invalides
  • Musee d’Orsay
  • Opera Garnier
  • Sacre Coeur
  • The Louvre
  • Notre-Dame
  • Jardin de Luxembourg
  • Pantheon
  • Bastille

Views from Montparnasse Tower

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The Eiffel Tower from Montparnasse Tower

Sunset in Paris

Not bad, right?

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (12)
  1. We have seen Paris from three of the places you mentioned (the first 3), but my personal favorite isn’t on your list, so I wanted to mention it in case you get the chance to return. Our favorite place to check out Paris from above was Notre-Dame Cathedral. We had gorgeous views of the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Sacre Coeur, and the River Seine winding through the city from there. Also, it’s pretty fun to find ways to insert the gargoyles on the cathedral into your shots. 🙂 We didn’t have nearly as nice weather as you did, but I still think the photos we got from there turned out pretty decent! http://www.thewanderblogger.com/2013/11/paris-from-the-top-of-notre-dame-cathedral.html

  2. Wow – just breathtaking. While I struggle to decide on a “favourite” I think the second to last photo wins it for me. I think it shows the scale of the Eiffel Tower in comparison with the surrounding area.

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