Attractions

Top Choice Cemetery in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Les Catacombes

Paris’ most macabre sight is its underground tunnels lined with skulls and bones. In 1785 it was decided to rectify the hygiene problems of Paris’ overflowing cemeteries by exhuming the bones and storing them in dis…
Top Choice Research Centre in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Station F

The world's largest start-up campus was unveiled with much pomp and ceremony by French president, Emmanuel Macron, in mid-2017. At any one time, some 3000 resident entrepreneurs from all over the world beaver away o…
Top Choice Cemetery in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Cimetière du Montparnasse

This 19-hectare cemetery opened in 1824 and is Paris’ second largest after Père Lachaise. Famous residents include writer Guy de Maupassant, playwright Samuel Beckett, sculptor Constantin Brancusi, photographer Man …
Viewpoint in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Tour Montparnasse

Spectacular views unfold from this 210m-high smoked-glass-and-steel office block, built in 1973. (Bonus: it's about the only spot in the city you can’t see this startlingly ugly skyscraper, which dwarfs low-rise Par…
Gallery in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Galerie Itinerrance

Testament to the 13e’s ongoing creative renaissance, this gallery showcases graffiti and street art, and can advise on self-guided and guided street-art tours of the neighbourhood that take in many landmark works by…
Viewpoint in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Ballon de Paris

Drift up and up but not away – this helium-filled balloon in Parc André Citroën remains tethered to the ground as it lifts you 150m into the air for spectacular panoramas over Paris. The balloon plays an active envi…
Island in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Île aux Cygnes

Paris' little-known third island, the artificially created Île aux Cygnes, was formed in 1827 to protect the river port and measures just 850m by 11m. On the western side of the Pont de Grenelle is a soaring one-qua…
Library in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Bibliothèque Nationale de France

With four glass towers shaped like half-open books, the National Library of France, opened in 1995, was one of President Mitterand’s most ambitious and costliest projects. Some 12 million tomes are stored on 420km o…
Art Studio in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

La Cité Fleurie

Venture east from Montparnasse along bd Arago, past the eery La Santé Prison (the most infamous prison in French history after La Bastille, dating to 1867 and boasting the city's last-standing, dark-green public uri…
Park in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

Parc Georges Brassens

Covering 7.74 hectares, Parc Georges Brassens (named for the French singer-songwriter and poet, who lived nearby) has a large central pond bordered by lawns, and gardens featuring roses and medicinal and aromatic pl…