That’s not a secret that I love being at heights, I love riding planes, I love crazy high rollercoasters, I just love to see everything from above and have wider vision. But don’t get me wrong, it’s also not a secret that I HATE stairs in any way! I usually take elevator to just going one floor up because I’m just too lazy. Being a flat city, Paris has changed me 100%. In my 5 days stay in Paris, I climbed several domes and hundreds of stairs, I didn’t even know who I am. Here’s several places to enjoy Paris from above.
This basilica is located in Montmartre area, which is the highest point in Paris, which was also my hostel’s neighbourhood. So it was the first dome I climbed in Paris. Oh it’s the first thing I did in Paris actually. I arrived early morning in this beautiful city, I couldn’t check in to my room until 4 PM in the afternoon, so the most logical thing to do was to explore the neighbourhood, and at the end I decided I wanted to see the teeny tiny mini Eiffel Tower from the distance.
I was tired AF because the night before I chatted with my French roommates until 1 AM, slept for 3 hours before dragged my 20-something kilos suitcase in creepy quite Barcelona street and caught my flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle, and yet, I was still able to climbed 300 stairs up to the Sacré-Cœur’s dome. FYI, I met a grandma on top of the dome, and she’s okay, and it blew my mind that she still could do that. Three hundreds stairs to see the magnificent view of Paris!
Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France
Opening hour: 6 AM-10.30 PM
Height: 83 meters
Number of stairs to the dome: 300
Ticket price to the dome: €6
2. Eiffel Tower
This crown jewel of Paris has 3 level in total. And thank God, this time I didn’t need to climbed up the stairs because there are elevators for visitors. But if you feel like climbing the prettiest tower in the world, then you can take the stairs as well with the lower price and also much shorter queue. Counting from the ground, there are 347 steps to the first level, 674 steps to the second level, and 1710 steps to the top! For me, it’s definitely a “No, thank you”!
I was up until the second level with the elevator. The Eiffel Tower’s elevator is the coolest thing ever, it’s slightly tilted to follow the curves of the tower. I still took the stairs on the way down though, but that’s much easier than going up. I think second level is enough to have a beautiful view of Seine River, Champ de Mars, and Trocadero. You can spot Sacré-Cœur on top of Montmartre hill as well. The one thing I couldn’t spot from Eiffel Tower is the Eiffel Tower itself which is kinda annoying because I don’t like taking picture without Eiffel Tower in it while I’m in Paris. Lace and steel is the best combination to make a pretty picture!
Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Opening hour: 9 AM-12 AM
Height: 300 meters
Number of stairs: 347 (first level), 674 (second level), 1710 (top level)
Ticket price (adult/12-24 years): €11/€8.5 (lift to second level), €17/€14.5 (lift to the top level), €7/€5 (stairs to second level)
3. Notre Dame
This is by far my favourite place to see Paris from above. I have this weird obsession with the gargoyles from Notre Dame Cathedral. I just think the ugly devil statues combined with a beautiful view of Paris is the best idea ever. Notre Dame is not too high and it’s not too far like Sacré-Cœur so you can see the city much clearer and no need to worry about the fog. It has amazing view of pretty Parisian rooftops and has a right amount of the Eiffel Tower to make a good photograph. The line for the tower is usually long, you need to have a spare time for it. The line and ticket counter is in the left if you’re facing the front door of Notre Dame.
Notre Dame de Paris
Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
Opening hour: 8 AM-6.45 PM
Height: 96 meters
Number of stairs to the tower: 387
Ticket price to the tower: €8.5
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