Eiffel Tower: The most emblematic icon of Paris
History of the Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel) is one of the most visited sites in Paris. The tower is located on Champ de Mars. It was erected in 1889 for the World Exhibition. The site is constructed from 12 000 iron pieces and named after its creator, engineer Gustave Eiffel. The tower should have been taken down after the exhibition, but fortunately this didn’t happen. Nowadays the Eiffel Tower is the most emblematic icon of Paris.
The tower is 324 meters high. There are three levels for visitors. The first is 57m high and the second – 115m. Both levels can be accessed by stairs or by lift. The third level is 276m and you can reach it only by lift. There are stairs, but they are closed to the public. Souvenir shops are available on the first and the second floors. There are two restaurants: Le 58 tour Eiffel restaurant on the first level and Le Jules Verne gourmet restaurant on the second.
Tips for visiting the Eiffel Tower
When to visit the tower
Avoid the weekends and middays if possible. The waiting lines are outrageous.
Visit the tower before sunset, so you can enjoy a day and a night view. The views at night are stunning. After all, Paris is not called “City of Light” for nothing.
Every evening there is a light show. For five minutes every hour on the hour the tower is sparkling.
Plan your visit and buy tickets in advance online from the Eiffel Tower website. Choose the time of your visit. It will be stamped on your ticket. Print it out or save it on your phone. When you go to the tower, look for the sign “Entree Visiteurs Avec Reservation” (Visitors with reservations). You won’t be allowed to enter more than 10-15 min earlier before the stamped time on your ticket. Don’t be late. If you decide to go with an online reservation, buy the tickets months in advance, because they are limited.
If there are online tickets only to the second floor left, buy them. From the second floor of the tower you will decide if you want to go to the top and buy tickets there. Moreover the top floor could be closed because of bad meteorological conditions or the waiting line for the lift to the top floor could be huge. This line can’t be skipped no matter if you buy tickets in advance or at the moment. The negative side of buying tickets online is that the weather could happen to be bad and you are committed to the date.
If there aren’t any tickets left for your date, keep checking. Sometimes there are new tickets available.
If you didn’t buy tickets in advance and you are in a good physical condition you can try to climb the stairs to the second floor. The waiting lines for this option are shorter.
Another option is to reserve a dinner or lunch at Le Jules Verne. The restaurant has its own private lift with no waiting lines. After the meal you can buy tickets from the second floor for the lift to the top floor.
The most spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower are from the Trocadéro gardens (the closest metro station is Trocadéro).
If you want to learn more about the Eiffel Tower during your visit, you can download a guide on your phone from the official web site of the tower.
Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris
Access: Metro station Trocadéro – lines M6, M9 and metro station École Militaire – line M8
RER station Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel – line C (more info)
Opening hours: Every day (more info)
Summer: 09:00 AM – 00:00
Winter: 09:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Admission: more info
Web site: http://www.toureiffel.paris/en.html
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