The Bottom Line
The Eiffel Tower is the great iconic Paris landmark, an amazing sight due to its extraordinary architecture and sheer size. If you go to Paris, you simply must see it. Of course you can see it from almost any vantage point in Paris, particularly at night when it flashes with coloured lights every hour until 2am in the summer. But if you can, go to the top; the view is tremendous.
- It's a must-see if you visit Paris
- A spectacular work of engineering
- The top is now disabled-accessible
- There's a skating rink on the 1st floor during the Christmas holiday season
- Crowded with long lines in high season
- A little out of the centre
- The 3rd most visited attraction in Paris
- Over 204 million people have visited since 1889. 7.5 million visited in 2014
- Built for the World Exposition of 1889
- Weighs more than 10,000 tons
- You also do not physically HAVE to visit to Eiffel Tower to see it
- Anywhere in central Paris is almost sure to feature a view of the architectural wonder
Guide Review - Eiffel Tower Review
Few things symbolize Paris like the Eiffel Tower. It is found on postcards, paintings, books, tee-shirts; even lamps are fashioned into the recognizable shape. Of course, a trip to Paris simply isn't complete without a trip to the Eiffel Tower.
It is among the top attractions in Paris but there are many others that are far older with a much richer history.
There are more romantic (and less crowded) spots. There are just as good views of the city (climb the stairs at Notre Dame, go up the Tour Montparnesse, or go to the top of the Arc de Triomphe).
However, the French authorities have been paying the Tower a lot of attention in the last few years, adding attractions, and improving those already there.
So if you haven’t been for a few years, you’ll be surprised by what you see.
You can climb to the second floor, or take an elevator to the top. You will have to stand in line for one of the two elevators, although trips are around 8 minutes apart between the two. Avoid the masses by going early in the morning on weekdays.
There are plenty of opportunities for eating: restaurants include a gastronomic experience, a picnic or a buffet.
There’s a new transparent floor and glass balustrades which is great for those with heads for heights and a bit of a nightmare for those who don’t like looking down so far.
There’s a show projected onto walls showing you an all-round Eiffel Tower experience and lots of interactive touch screens and displays telling you more about the tower.
Le 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant offers traditional French cuisine.
You can walk up to the 1st floor or take the lift.
3 souvenir shops, a buffet and the Jules Verne restaurant which showcases modern French gastronomic cooking keep you busy. There are also story points telling you about the tower’s construction and a glimpse down to the world below.
There's also a vision well where you look down, and down, and down.
Great for photographs.
You can walk up to the 2nd floor or take the lift.
The Top of the Eiffel Tower
You get great views on your way up to the top of the tower, 180 metres (590 feet) above ground going up in the lift.
Gustave Eiffel’s office is exactly as it was when the great engineer designed the structure with models representing Eiffel, his daughter Claire and the American inventor, Thomas Edison.
Panoramic maps show you exactly what you’re looking at and there’s a model of the original design of the top floor.
And finally you can toast the world at the Champagne Bar.
Champs du Mars
Te.: 00 33 (0)8 92 70 12 39
Website (which is excellent, informative and in English)
Mid-Jun to early September 9am-midnight
Early September to mid-June 9,30am-11pm
Open to midnight at Easter weekend and during the Spring French school holidays
Admission Rates vary according to what you want to see and when you visit
Adult from €7 to €17; 12-14 years €5 to €14.50; 4-11 years €3 to €10
There are guided tours behind the scenes available.
- Line no 6 metro station Bir-Hakeim
- Line no.9 metro station Trocadéro
More information on www.ratp.fr
- Line C: Champs de Mars – Tour Eiffel station
More information on www.transilien.com
- Bus 82, stops : Tour Eiffel or Champ de Mars
- Bus 42, stop : Tour Eiffel
- Bus 87, stop : Champ de Mars
- Bus 69, stop : Champ de Mars
More information on www.ratp.fr
- Self-hire bikes are available at any of the Vélib’ stations
Batobus operates throughout Paris and there is a stop very near the Eiffel Tower.
Full information on the Eiffel Tower Website
Edited by Mary Anne Evans