Eiffel Tower:- Paris is packed with tourist attractions but the Eiffel Tower, identified by its daring shape, remains to be the city’s most popular site.
It’s definitely true to say that a trip to Paris is not complete without a visit to the world’s most famous tower, so the chances are if you’re visiting Paris you’re bound to have this on your sightseeing itinerary!
This astonishing attraction was built by an architect called Gustave Eiffel around 1889 to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution. It is said that Eiffel had originally planned to build this particular monument in Barcelona but they rejected it. It even caused controversy in Paris where it was called an ‘eyesore’ by many people and was at one stage suppose to be torn down!
Today, standing at 300 meters tall, it’s France’s tallest structure and is a famous Paris icon. It is the world’s most visited monument with over 6 million people flocking to see the Eiffel Tower each year.
Paris wouldn’t be Paris without the Eiffel Tower! If you go to see the tower at night it looks even more splendid as its internal structure is all lit up and its lights sparkle for about 10 minutes each hour.
Developments have been made to the tower to help preserve it. It has changed color six times over the last century and the lighting effects are changed to facilitate certain events that are taking place. Many alcoves and shelters have also been put in place to shield visitors from harsh weather conditions.
You can climb the tower by stairs, which will bring you to the first and second floors or you can take the elevator, which will bring you to the third and top floor of the tower. On the first floor, you can go and see the tower’s exhibitions and displays. You will also find the ‘Altitude 95’ restaurant here along with some great shops.
When you reach the second floor, seize the opportunity and capture some precious moment on film with a stunning vista of the city providing the backdrop. You’ll also find ‘Le Jules Verre’ restaurant on this level.
Having reached the second level, it would be unthinkable for you not to reach the third and highest floor. Many people overcome their fear of heights just to witness the breathtaking 360-degree view of Paris!
Being one of the most visited attractions in the world, it goes without saying that you’ll have to queue for the Eiffel Tower. It is busy all year round and the queues can be extra long and stuffy during the Summer months, so we advise getting there as early as you can in the morning.
How to get there
The Eiffel Tower is located on the Champs de Mars overlooking the River Seine in the 7th Arrondissement. To get there by bus get numbers; 42, 69, 72, 82 or 87. The nearest metro stations to the Eiffel Tower are Bir-Hakeim, Trocadéro, and Ecole Militaire.
Open daily, all year round.
13june to 29 august: 9.00 am – 00.45 pm(for lift)
Last ascent before 11.30 pm. (Before 11 pm for the top)
13june to 29 august: 9.00am – 00.30pm(for Stairs)
Last ascent before midnight
Rest of year: 9:30 – 23:45(by lift)
Last ascent before 11 pm.
(before 10.30 pm for the top)
9:30 – 18:30(by stairs)
Last ascent before 6 pm
If you choose to take the Lift to the top:
Adult Eur 25.90
Youth Rate Eur 13.00
Child Eur 6.50
Lift to the 2nd floors:
Adult Eur 16.60
Youth Rate Eur 8.30
Child Eur 4.10
If you choose to take the stairs + Lift to the top:
Adult Eur 19.70
Youth Rate Eur 9.80
Child Eur 5.00
Stairs to the 2nd floors:
Adult Eur 10.40
Youth Rate Eur 5.20
Child Eur 2.60
Children under 4 are free and group rates are also available.
Reduced rates for people with disabilities and their assistants.