If you ask us, the last thing you should stick on top of a very, very tall skyscraper is something that is really fucking slippy. Like an ice rink, for instance. That seems like the kind of thing that would be tempting disaster.
Alas, that’s exactly what is going to be plonked atop one of Paris’s hugest ’scrapers. From this week (February 5), the roof terrace of the Tour Montparnasse will be home to an ice rink. The 230-square-metre venue will be 210 metres above street level – making it the highest in the world.
Thankfully, it’s not quite as dangerous as it sounds. The rink, built by the company BOAZ Concept, has high sides and a decent barrier zone – so if you do happen to tumble over the side, you aren’t plummeting the entirety of the Montparnasse’s 210 metres to the streets below. It’s also got a ‘food corner’ and, obviously, astonishing views out over the City of Light.
While the Montparnasse rink isn’t dangerous, it will almost certainly be bone-chillingly cold. So bring a coat (or few), some ski gloves, maybe a balaclava, and get ready to whizz around the ice – or, more likely, hug the side and whinge until it’s all over. The skating doesn’t cost too much, either. Thirty-minute sessions cost between €11 and €23 (£9-£19), depending on age and method of payment.
The Montparnasse ice rink is open from February 5 to March 6, and you can buy tickets online here.
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