A wonderful piece of architecture, it’s solid base leading to the point that appears to protrude into the clouds. But before you rush to buy Eiffel Tower tickets, you may be thinking ‘why was the Eiffel Tower built?’ Well, in 1889 the world expo came to Paris and a centerpiece was needed for the celebration of the centennial of the French Revolution.
Can you imagine going to Paris, making your way along the River Seine? Euros in hand eager to purchase your ticket to ascend the steps of the Eiffel Tower and it isn’t there? Well, back in 1909 there were plans to dismantle the Eiffel Tower! This plan was scuppered largely thanks to Gustave Eiffel, the engineer behind the construction of the tower. Meaning 7 million of us are able to visit and ascend to the top of the structure every year and enjoy the amazing light show!
Part of the attraction of visiting the Eiffel Tower is in the surroundings. Anyone who has visited will know it’s a fantastic spot to sit and relax on the grass in front of the tower, usually in the sunshine.
*note for you reader! The light show starts at sunset.
The final interesting site surrounding the tower (yes there’s ANOTHER one) is the River Seine. Running through the city and passing right by the tower, it’s just minutes walk away. Having so much surrounding the tower makes the experience much more enjoyable than some other sites.
The Eiffel Tower is different in this regard and means you can spend a perfect afternoon, meandering along the River Seine, grab your Eiffel Tower tickets and enjoying the view at the top before descending and relaxing on the grass in front with a coffee, wine or beer as you prefer.
But back to the Eiffel Tower itself.
The view from such a tall structure is always going to be interesting, to say the least, but due to Paris being relatively flat (in comparison with places such as New York for example) when you are atop the tower, what you see is limited only by the ability of the human eye.
The amazing views you get of the Seine, the enormous Park Bois du Boulogne, Palais de Chaillot which even from this height (324 meters at the tip) looks impressive with the long curved sides and pathway leading to the center. You even get a view of the roadway leading up to the Arc de Triomphe.
9:30am - 11:45pm. I recommend going around 8 pm so you can enjoy the light show from the ground. Early opening and late closing hours mean you can take your time enjoying the tower at the various levels taking in the sights. Closing at almost midnight means you also get to enjoy the view of Paris from the top while the city is lit up at night.
Be sure to book your Eiffel Tower tickets in advance to avoid the waiting times which at times can be 2.5 to 3 hours. Booking tickets in advance online means you can walk straight in and don’t have to join the queues! Getting advanced tickets so you can skip the line so you only have to pass through the security check.
If you choose not to buy your tickets online then you can head to the ticket office located. The ticket office opens at the same time as the tower itself so that’s why it's recommended to buy online in advance.
You can follow the River Seine as it goes right past the Eiffel Tower. You could take a Seine River cruise, a great way to get there! If you don’t fancy a boat trip then you have a few Metro options. Mainly the Champ de Mars or the pretty self-explanatory Tour Eiffel metro stop.
As for time of day, early evening is the best time to visit. Enough so that you can enjoy Paris by day but also get to see it lit up at night. As I said earlier I would urge you to view the light show from the ground. My favorite spot is the small garden area or the patch of grass just in front of the tower itself.
As for the best time of year to visit the Eiffel Tower, I would suggest Spring or Autumn.
The Eiffel Tower is important for a number of reasons. Mainly the money it brings to Paris through the sheer number of visitors each year and its iconic appearance. Simple!
When asked to think of Paris most people would picture the Eiffel Tower, you can even see it when your flying into the city, sticking out above everything else in the surrounding area. The tower is also a symbol of The Second World War, initially of the Nazi power in Europe in 1940. It then became the symbol for the liberation of Paris in 1944.
When it was first built it was known as the ugliest building in the city, a huge change to today when it’s one of the main reasons people come to Paris. The Eiffel Tower is used not only to attract tourists but also to celebrate new year or in commemoration/respect of an event when the tower is lit differently.
Eiffel Tower tickets range from €4 to €25. Price varies by your age, desired level and whether you want to take the lift or the stairs. There is a booking fee when buying your tickets online but it saves you 2.5-3 hours of queueing so it’s up to you to decide if its worth it.
Let’s say you’re 25, if you take the lift and go to the top you’ll pay €25, but if you take the stairs to the 2nd floor and the lift to the top you’ll pay €19. All the variations and specifics are available for you to take your pick.
Paris is a big city and it’s easy to get lost here. Aside from navigating, a guide is even more useful for the information they provide about the area. A guide will generally be able to direct you to the best bars and restaurants.
The most useful tip we can give you is to buy tickets ahead of time to avoid the long lines. If you get your Eiffel Tower ticket ahead of time, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Paris (and avoid the huge queues).
The most enjoyable tip is to go up the Eiffel Tower during the day/early evening and be on the ground for the light show at night. It’s a place you can visit 2 maybe 3 times even if you’re only there for around a week because you can enjoy a great afternoon on the grass practically underneath this amazing structure as well as ascending to the top and exploring surrounding areas.