Lonely Planet Writer

You can rollerblade on the rooftop of Paris' Montparnasse Tower

You’ll need to get your skates on quick—but for the next month it is possible to rollerblade on the rooftop of the Montparnasse Tower in Paris as a pop-up skating rink has been set up on the tower’s 56th Floor Observation Deck.

Pop-up skating ring to open on top of the Montparnasse Tower in November
A picture taken on July 14, 2017, in Paris, shows the top of the Montparnasse Tower. Photo by: JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images

Offering 360-degree views of the French capital and plenty of skating action some 209-metres in the air, the Top Roller Paris event will open daily to skaters from 1-8pm on Friday 20 October and roll on until Sunday 5 November.

The organisers will also host two night time skating sessions where ticketholders can rush around the rooftop until 11pm. The first night event will be a Halloween-themed party on Saturday 28 October, before a disco soiree on Saturday 4 November, which will give the Observation Deck a touch of 1970s glamour.

Pop-up skating rink to open on the roof of the Montparnasse Tower
Rollerbladers will get the chance to skate on the roof of the Montparnasse Tower next month. Photo by Lutz Bongarts/Bongarts/Getty Images

Those hoping to rollerblade on the rooftop of Montparnasse Tower have to book online at www.tourmontparnasse56.com. Tickets are priced at €17 for adults and €15 for students. Passes for children aged 4-11 years cost €9.50 and those under 4-years-old can enter for free.

For years the Montparnasse Tower was the most controversial skyscraper in the whole of Paris. Erected in 1973, the building was despised by many locals and following its completion, the city prohibited any building over seven storeys-high from being built.

Montparnasse Tower roff to become a skating rink for November
Montparnasse Tower in Paris.Photo by: AFP PHOTO/JOEL SAGET/ Getty Images

The law has since been relaxed and the tower is about to get a €300 million makeover—which will make it even taller. French architects Nouvelle AOM recently won a competition to overhaul the building and they plan to upgrade to their exterior to include more glass extend the tower’s height by an extra 18 metres. On completion, it will be the eleventh-highest tower in the European Union.

If you’re not a keen rollerblading fan, the tower’s terrace also has a Champagne bar.