The “Ballon de Paris” is a large helium-filled balloon located in the Parc André Citroën, near the Seine in southwest Paris. It has sensors for monitoring pollution but also takes passengers: The balloon goes up to 150m and stays there for a few minutes before going down. The view is quite nice even if it is not centrally located.
Above, the balloon stays tethered to the ground.
Above, Prefecture d’Ile-de-France on the way up.
Above, Parc André Citroën.
Above, Tour Montparnasse in the background.
Above, skyscrapers of La Défense.
Above, looking north, with the Seine, Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower and the Sacré-Coeur-de-Montmartre.
Above, looking west to the Bois de Boulogne.
Above, looking south to Issy-les-Moulineaux and Boulogne-Billancourt.
Above, Hexagone Balard (offices of the French ministry of defense).
Above, looking down on the Prefecture of Ile-de-France.
Above, going down.