Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75005 Paris; http://www.toureiffel.paris/en
|Daily 9 AM—12:45 AM (last visitors admitted at midnight)|
Rates to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower:
|Elevator to the very top:|
|12-24 years: €14.50|
|4-11 years, disabled people & French job seekers (must present documentation for the latter two groups): €8.50|
|Elevator to the second floor (and walk up the stairs to the top):|
|12-24 years: €8.50|
|4-11 years: €4|
|Stairs the entire way to the top:|
|12-24 years: €5|
|4-11 years: €3|
|Children under 4: free for all three options.|
Ah, the Tour Eiffel… What can get more iconic and quintessentially Parisian than the picture of the Eiffel Tower? The most visited paid monument in the world, the Eiffel Tower was first constructed for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the French Revolution. It was initially meant to be kept around for only 20 years, but its role in radio transmissions and telecommunications deemed its worth to save the tower from being demolished. The Eiffel Tower also reminds the world of Paris as the City of Light, with it being illuminated daily and the nightly light show (the tower sparkles and the beacon of light shines over Paris for 5 minutes every hour on the hour after sunset).
We visited the Eiffel Tower on a Monday evening by taking the metro from Montparnasse Tower. As was expected, it was very crowded around and at the tower. There was heavy police presence and we had to go through security and metal detectors, which I appreciated, to get into the base area of the tower. We decided not to go up to the tower since we had just come back from Montparnasse Tower and already had a great view of Paris. We were also on a time crunch to get to our dinner reservation across the city. For those who are interested, there are restaurants up at the top of the tower and snack and ice cream carts outside the tower, which I cannot comment on as we did not eat at any of them.
We took a lot of pictures of the tower at different angles and views, but it was difficult to get a shot without anyone in it. Luckily, throughout the city, we were able to see the Eiffel Tower at different points, and although far away, we got some pictures without a stranger blocking our view.
Tip: If you are set on getting good pictures of the Eiffel Tower, go early in the morning before the crowd starts to get heavy. Also, a good location to get a beautiful shot of the tower is at the Place de Trocadéro across the bridge. Finally, as it is always the case anywhere you go, especially in crowded, touristy areas, please be mindful of your belongings and valuables.
Click through the gallery below to see more pictures of the Eiffel Tower!