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Montparnasse
Home to art museums, major monuments, and Paris’ only skyscraper, eclectic and edgy Montparnasse is one of the city’s most interesting districts. Located in the 14th arrondissement on the Left Bank, it was famously the stomping grounds of artists and intellectuals in the 1910s and 20s, many of whom now rest in the Montparnasse Cemetery.

The Basics
Named after Mount Parnassus—the mountain in Greek mythology where the Muses were said to reside—Montparnasse has long had a reputation for creativity and intellectual daring. The neighborhood experienced its golden age—or its Années Folles (Crazy Years), as the period is known locally—during the 1910s and ‘20s, when internationally renowned artists and writers including Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Man Ray, Max Ernst, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, André Breton, and Marc Chagall called the neighborhood home. 

Today, Montparnasse is home to the Tour Montparnasse, the city’s only skyscraper; visitors also flock to the Montparnasse Cemetery, the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, and the Catacombs of Paris. You can take a tour of all four; alternatively, hop-on hop-off bus tours, bike tours, and walking tours provide a general neighborhood overview.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Tour Montparnasse, which debuted in 1973, is the city’s only skyscraper, and its 56th-floor observation deck provides some of the best views in town.
  • The Montparnasse Cemetery is the second-largest in Paris, after Père Lachaise, and contains the graves of many top artists and other creatives.
  • The macabre Catacombs of Paris were first established in the late 18th century, and they contain the remains of more than 6 million people.

How to Get There
The Gare Montparnasse is one of Paris’ largest and most important railway stations, and includes numerous train services, including the TGV. Additionally, the Montparnasse – Bienvenüe Métro station includes connections to the 4, 6, 12, and 13 lines. Other stations in the neighborhood include Vavin (line 4), Raspail (lines 4 and 6), Edgar Quinet (line 6), and Port-Royal (RER B). Alternatively, travel by bus or taxi, or explore on foot or by bicycle.

When to Get There
As one of Paris’ busiest and most vibrant neighborhoods, Montparnasse is destination-worthy throughout the year. Explore sights like the Montparnasse Cemetery during the day and venture to the top of the Tour Montparnasse in the evening to savor aerial views of Paris’ neon-lit cityscape.

Restaurants and Cafés in Montparnasse
Montparnasse’s history comes to life at the cafes and restaurants that were once favored by famous artists—La Coupole, Le Dôme, and La Closerie des Lilas are all still open today. The neighborhood is also renowned for its many Breton crêperies; don’t leave without indulging in a salted butter caramel crêpe.
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Artists in Montparnasse, smartphone audioguided tour

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Artists in Montparnasse, smartphone audioguided tour

Discover the rich artistic past of Montparnasse district with a passionate guide in your pocket? It's now possible thanks to Rewind’s app! Montparnasse was the heart of Parisian artistic and intellectual life in the first half of the 20th century home to many symbolist and art deco artists ! Visit with your smartphone in your pocket and follow your professional and passionate guide’s commentaries as you stroll through the charming street. The audio commentaries trigger automatically, right where they happened! The result? A fun and authentic experience with that Rewind spirit and twist !
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Paris Top Attractions & Hidden Gems around your Hotel Private Orientation Tour

Paris Top Attractions & Hidden Gems around your Hotel Private Orientation Tour

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Get an insider’s perspective on Paris with a private walking tour of your favorite neighborhood. Learn local history, discover tucked-away treasures, and get the scoop on the best places to eat, shop, and explore. Take your pick of diverse neighborhoods including Montmartre, Eiffel Tower/Champs-Elysées, St-Germain-des-Prés, Marais/Bastille, Opéra/Louvre, Montparnasse, or Panthéon/Latin Quarter. Enjoy the full attention of a private guide, who customizes your tour based on your interests and preferred pace.
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Lisieux, D-Day Beaches, Mt. St. Michel & St.Malo, 3-Day Private Tour from Paris

Lisieux, D-Day Beaches, Mt. St. Michel & St.Malo, 3-Day Private Tour from Paris

Enjoy this 3-day in the beautiful region of Normandy and visit some of the most historical, memorial, heritage, and religious places. Travel 1hr30 in train and start your trip in the Sanctuary of Lisieux to follow the footsteps of Saint Teresa, continue the second day traveling in a private minivan with an English-speaking guide/driver to the city of Bayeux and admire the 70 meters long middle age Tapestry, Listed “World Heritage” by UNESCO. Continue to the Landing Beaches of Normandy and the American Cemetery. On the third day visit, the Mont Saint Michel classed by UNESCO as a world heritage in 1979 and continue to the walled city of Saint-Malo known as a city of pirates. Finally, take the TGV (Bullet train) from Rennes to Paris and be there in only one and a half hours (instead of 5 HOURS by minibus).
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Paris, Lisieux, Mont St. Michel, Nevers & Lourdes, Private 6-Day Pilgrimage

Paris, Lisieux, Mont St. Michel, Nevers & Lourdes, Private 6-Day Pilgrimage

Enjoy 6 days / 5 nights touring the pilgrimage sites in France. Visit the Sanctuary of LISIEUX and follow the footsteps of Saint Therese, continue the next day to the MONT ST. MICHEL and the abbey at the top, both proclaimed as UNESCO world heritage site since 1979. Return to Paris and depart the next day to the Sanctuary of NEVERS where Saint Bernadet spent her last years. Return to your hotel in Paris and depart the next day to the Sanctuary of our Lady of LOURDES, place of the apparitions and one of the most pilgrimage visited places of the world. Discover the life of St Bernadette Soubirous, visit the Grotto of the apparitions, attend the Torchlight procession and have some time of contemplation.
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Intimate Half-Day Afternoon Tour at Versailles from Paris

Intimate Half-Day Afternoon Tour at Versailles from Paris

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The lavish Palace of Versailles is France’s most famous chateau, once home to King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. This leisurely afternoon tour is ideal for late-risers or those who prefer to spend the morning sightseeing in Paris. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned minivan, save time with skip-the-line tickets, and enjoy a guided tour of the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the palace gardens.
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