Montreal Tower (Olympic Stadium)

At 165 metres, the Montreal Tower (Tour de Montréal) is the tallest inclined tower in the world. It is incorporated into the north base of the Olympic Stadium, built as the main venue for the 1976 Summer Olympics and designed by French architect Roger Taillibert. The top floor of the tower houses an observatory with a good view on the entire Greater Montreal region and the Saint Lawrence River.

Above, in the lobby.

Above, Botanical Garden and Parc Maisonneuve.

Above, looking towards Downtown Montreal.

Above, Biodôme.

Above, Saint-Lawrence river.

Above, Ile Sainte-Hélène.

Above, skyscrapers of Downtown and Mount Royal.

Above, Saputo Stadium, home of the Montreal Impacts MLS team, and Olympic Village.

Above, on the way down.

Above, elevator.

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Clock Tower

The Clock Tower (Tour de l’Horloge) is a landmark of the Old Port of Montreal. It was built as a memorial to the Canadian sailors who died in the First World War. Inside, there are stairs that lead to the top and a good view on the Saint-Lawrence river and the Old Port.

Above, bridge (Pont Jacques Cartier) on the Saint-Lawrence river.

Above, skyscrapers of Downtown Montreal.

Above, view of the Old Port.

Above, the clock.

Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie

Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie is an observation deck located on the 46th floor of the Place Ville-Marie skyscraper in Downtown Montreal. At 185m, it is the highest observatory in the city. The main deck is fully enclosed with glass but the 44th floor has an outdoor terrace.

Above, Mount Royal.

Above, Olympic Stadium.

Above, looking towards Saint-Joseph’s Oratory.

Above, looking towards le Plateau-Mont-Royal.

Above, Saint-Lawrence river.

Above, Biosphère in Parc Jean Drapeau.

Above, Place du Canada.

Above, #MtlGo exhibition on the 45th floor.

Above, outdoor terrace on the 44th floor.

Above, Mount Royal from the terrace.

Above, 1000 de La Gauchetière building and Ile des Soeurs.

Ballon de Paris

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, landing.

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.

Observatory of Tour Montparnasse

The Tour Montparnasse is a 210-meter office tower in Paris. It was the tallest building in France until 2011. Its roof is open to the public and provides a great view on the city.

Above, the observation deck.

Above, Jardin du Luxembourg, senate, Panthéon, Notre Dame.

Above, Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries.

Above, looking east.

Above, looking south.

Above, Beaugrenelle.

Above, Eiffel Tower and Champs de Mars, with La Défense in the background.

Above, Les Invalides.

Above, Concorde.

Above, Montparnasse cemetery in the foreground.

Above, Saint-Sulpice church.

Above, Panthéon.

Above, 56th floor.

Above, view of Tour Montparnasse and Tour CIT.