Whether you are heading to Paris for the first time or have been there on multiple occasions without paying a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower, the following are some facts, tips, and information to help ensure you make the most of your upcoming visit…
A Brief History
Taking a total of two years, two months, and five days to complete the construction headed by Gustave Eiffel, it was merely built for one sole purpose…the 1889 Exposition Universelle, which was to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the French Revolution. Showcasing the impressive talents of French engineers, it was nothing short of a technological marvel of the 19th century. Despite the fact that it was only intended to last a total of 20 years, due to proposed scientific experimentations of radio transmissions and telecommunication, it has now lasted decades; turning it into one of the most iconic landmarks of the world. With nearly seven million visitors per year, it is the single most visited monuments that you have to pay for on the globe.
Though fairly hard to miss, you will find the Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars, which is in the seventh arrondissement of Paris. Very close to the Seine River and nearby other popular attractions including Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame de Paris, and the Louvre Museum.
Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
When to Visit
Although there truly is no bad season or day of the week to visit the beautiful tower, you may want to consider various aspects of your chosen date to visit based on your preferences. The Eiffel Tower is open 365 days a year, however, there are varying visiting times depending upon the season. In the summer months of June to September, you can expect the tower to be open until after midnight. Other months throughout the year, it will close an hour or two earlier than that. Summer is obviously the most popular time of the year to visit Paris in general, which means lines will be long and the crowds will be plenty.
Admission: Starting at 9 euro
What to do There
Once you get there and after standing in the possibly very long line, you can choose to either climb up the nearly 600 steps or take the elevators to the top. There are three different levels but stairs can only take you to the first one in which case you would then have to use the elevator if you would like to go beyond that. Once up top, take in the magnificent views at either day or night time. The best option would be to head up to the top just before sunset so you can enjoy it once you are there and then head back down and take in the twinkling lights that happen every single night. Many people opt to do this while enjoying dinner at a nearby restaurant that boasts spectacular views of the twinkling tower.
No matter how you decide to enjoy your visit to the famous Eiffel Tower, you can be proud to say you were added to the over 250 million visitors that the landmark has seen since 1889.