Five Fantastic Views of Paris (Sans Eiffel Tower)

What first comes to mind when you think of Paris? Montemarte? Moulin Rouge? Maybe Oscar Wilde’s gravesite? Lakes and Elysian fields? Probably not. When we think of Paris, it’s the Eiffel Tower who stars in the mind’s eye. When a skyline includes such an iconic structure, of course it dominates our imagined landscapes. But we’re here to remind you that Paris holds so much more. Here are 10 Parisian views that don’t include the Eiffel Tower, unless, of course, you’re climbing it.

1. From the Eiffel Tower

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Image courtesy viator.com

If you’ve ever wanted to pay money to climb up 500 steps, this is your chance. The best sans-Eiffel cityscape is from the top of the tower itself. It’s 5 euro to get the altitude, but once you reach the right height, it will be totally worth it. And the sore legs. The Eiffel Tower offers a 360-degree view of the city; you can take in the Arc de Triomphe, Sacré Coeur and the towers of Notre Dame all in one go.

2. Parc Des Buttes-Chaumont

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The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is only the fifth largest park in Paris, but it is perhaps the most breathtaking. The park, which was built during the reign of Napoleon III, includes whimsical winding paths, towering trees, ponds and fountains. From the cliff top overlook the sprawling landscape below includes vast Elysian fields, a luminous lake and an Italianate temple.

3. Tour Saint-Jacques

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Image courtesy parisdailyphoto.com

The 170-foot Gothic tower was a gift from some butchers in the early 16th century. After many years of inhabitance, Tour Saint-Jacques was cleaned and refurbished. It is now open to the public, and offers a stunning view of the city across the Seine. The 16-story climb to the top is well worth it, but it’s only open on the weekends. Only 136 visitors daily are allowed to make the ascent due to inevitable fragility, so arrive early. And watch your step.

4. Parc De Belleville

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Image courtesy neverendingvoyage.com

While crowds swarm the Trocadero, breathe the fresh breeze in the beautiful Parc de Belleville, Paris’s hilltop park. The view is complete with gorgeous gardens and one of the last-remaining urban vineyards. The Maison de l’Air at the park’s center offers unique tours about native Parisian plants, insects and birds, and how the park is imminently important to their survival.

5. Père Lachaise Cemetery

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The Père Lachaise is the largest cemetery in Paris; the legacy lies, of course, in Oscar Wilde’s grave. Aside from the eccentric writer, the space is known for it’s being the first garden cemetery in the city, as well as World War I memorials. A walk through the cemetery offers a quiet break from the bustling city, as well as a little slice of Parisian history.

About the Author: Elsie Sing

 

Elsie is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; her writing has appeared in a few university publications, under tables and on the sides of trains. She likes taking Polaroid pictures and planning rooftop picnics.

 

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