Legendary for harboring some of Paris’s most iconic artists and intellectuals, Montparnasse lies on the city’s Left Bank, in the 14th arrondissement, and remains a popular tourist attraction. Taking its name from the Greek Mount Parnassus, home to ‘the Muses’ (the nine Greek Goddesses of the arts and sciences), Montparnasse was the central hub of Paris’s creativity throughout the 20th century. Home to a vibrant population of penniless artists and grassroots intellectuals, the area was a meeting ground for the era’s burgeoning arts scene. Future icons like Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce were among the immigrants who flocked to the area, along with a number of key French figures, many of whom are now buried in the Montparnasse cemetery. While the golden era might be long gone, the neighborhood retains much of its gritty charm, with its many traditional cafés and creperies (pancake houses) recreating some of the vibe of historic Paris.

Today, the 210m-high Tour Montparnasse, Paris’s only skyscraper, reigns over the area, a gloomy steel structure that nonetheless offers spectacular views from its 56th floor observatory and is home to Paris’s highest café. Better yet is the panorama from the open-air terrace on the 59th floor, with minimal crowds and the chance to ride on Europe’s fastest elevator making it a worthy rival to the iconic Eiffel Tower. Montparnasse’s second major attraction takes to the other extreme – the famous underground Catacombs of Paris, a labyrinth of tunnels running beneath the city and used as an eerie underground boneyard.

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Versailles Helicopter Tour from Paris, Paris, null

Versailles Helicopter Tour from Paris

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 22 Reviews

Take to the skies above Paris on a helicopter tour to Versailles! Soar over the Seine River, Bois de Boulogne and incredible Versailles Palace before landing ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Flight: 25min - Total: 1h30

From USD $214.42
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Private Tour: Explore Your Favorite Neighborhood in Paris, Paris, Helicopter Tours

Private Tour: Explore Your Favorite Neighborhood in Paris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Get to know your favorite Paris neighborhood through the eyes of a local! This customizable private walking tour lets you explore the area of your choice such ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.48
César Palace Cabaret Dinner and Show in Paris, Paris, Custom Private Tours

César Palace Cabaret Dinner and Show in Paris

Combine a 3-course French dinner, a classic Parisian cabaret and late-night revelry with this cabaret package at César Palace. Your cabaret evening in ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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