It was constructed in 1888 by French civil engineer Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris. Standing at 324 meters, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest structure in Paris
La Vie Parisienne: How to Spend a Day at the Eiffel Tower!
Look up at the Eiffel Tower from directly below it! This area of the tower is divided into four pillars: North, South, West, and East. At the corner of the North pillar is a sculpture of the bust of Gustave Eiffel, the tower's engineer. This piece was created by sculptor Antoine Bourdelle. The Esplanade also has a gift shop, located at the West Pillar, where tourists can buy souvenirs and gifts. There are also available food stalls in this area in case you get hungry. Choices of food and drinks vary from sweet to savory that adults and kids will surely enjoy.
Learn about Eiffel Tower's history and development at the First Floor! Its transparent floor and glass balustrades let you see Paris 57 meters above the ground. Watch the CinEiffel immersion show about the structure and its history at the Ferrié Pavillion. The show is projected on 3 walls by 7 projectors. Along the outer passageway, you will find displays and screens dedicated to showcasing more information about the building. The first floor also has restaurants and shops. The 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant offers a varied menu for tourists of discerning tastes.
The second floor boasts the clearest views of all the famous landmarks in the city of Paris such as the Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Grand Palais. The Seine River's bend can also be viewed from this floor. Don't forget that the second floor is also home to the Michelin-starred restaurant by Chef Ducasse, the Jules Verne. More shops and restaurants can be found here as well. Try macaroons in the tower's very own macaroon bar!
You will be standing 276 meters above the ground once you reach the top floor! With only the Eiffel Tower's antennae above you, expect to catch the most spectacular view of the City of Lights. The observation deck is divided into two areas to take in the view: an air-conditioned room and an outdoor deck. Enjoy champagne and other drinks in the Bar à Champagne while enjoying the breeze. This floor also houses Gustave Eiffel's office. A few wax models and other artifacts can be seen inside. Panoramic maps can also be found on the top floor to locate your position and directions to other places around the world.
Champs de Mars
Champs de Mars, 'Field of Mars' in English, is a public park located between the Eiffel Tower and the École Militaire. It offers one of the best on-ground views of the structures. Parisians and tourists alike enjoy having picnics in this area. Nearby, you can buy food from one of the famous streets in the entire city— Rue Cler. Bring your purchased food to Champs de Mars' lawn and enjoy an afternoon marveling at the architectural wonder!
The Eiffel Tower stands beside the Seine River and you can embark on a boat cruise just a few meters from its foot. Hopping on the boat cruise is the best way to go sightseeing in Paris! Choose from different kinds of cruises, such as a cruise with commentary, Enchanted Cruise, a lunch cruise, or a dinner cruise. Feel free to pick one that suits your budget, preferences, and schedule.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets are sold online, but the supply depends on the availability of the date you select. Prices range from 10€ to 25€ for adults, 5€ to 12,50€ for ages 12-24, and 2,50€ to 6,30€ for children aged 4-11. Children under 4 can enter for free and discounts for the disabled are also given.
How To Get Around?
Access to stairs and lifts are available depending on the ticket you will buy. You will also be able to get around the other attractions by walking.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
Will I Need a Guide?
A guide is not necessary, but group tours are usually available. These can be booked online or arranged at the 'Group Tour' desk at the tower's West Pillar.
How To Get There?
The Eiffel Tower can be reached through different modes of public transportation. If you are using the Metro, there are three lines that can take you to the Eiffel Tower. For Line 9, the stop is at Trocadéro; for Line 6, the stop is at Bir-Hakeim; and for Line 8, the stop is at École Militaire. If you are going by the RER, take Line C and hop off at Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel. Four lines of buses also stop nearby: Buses 82, 42, 87, and 69. There will be a few minutes walk from the bus stops before you find yourself in front of the tower.
Climbing the tower is highly prohibited.