The Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel) is one of the iconic structures in the world, visited by over 7 million people annually, making it the most visited paid attraction. The Eiffel Tower is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose organization designed and constructed the tower. An interesting fact about the tower is that Eiffel engraved seventy-two names of French scientists, mathematicians and engineers on this tower to accredit their contributions.
Visitors can take the stairs or elevator up to the three levels of observation decks and restaurants in the tower for great views of Paris. The two restaurants in the tower are Le 58 Tour Eiffel and Le Jules Verne. The Eiffel Tower is a world famous landmark that can be seen from all around Paris.
There are three levels in this iron lattice tower for public visits. The third level observatory’s upper platform is at a height of 279.11 m (915.7 ft). You have to climb 300 steps to reach from ground level to the first level. To reach the second level, you have to climb 300 steps from the first level. The third and the highest levels also have stairs, but the public can only access these levels by lift.
The tower has become one of the prominent landmarks of Paris and has also been featured in many movies.
- The tower was constructed for the 1889 World’s Fair and is over 80 stories tall, at 320 meters (1,050 feet) high.
- It is the tallest structure in Paris standing at an elevation of 324 metres (1,063 ft).
- The weight of the tower is 7,300 tonnes.
The Eiffel Tower is located on the Champ de Mars in the seventh arrondissement of Paris, France, not far from the Seine River.
Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Visitors during these off times will experience nice weather and smaller crowds than those who visit during the high season in summer.
The Eiffel Tower is open throughout the year – with no off-days!
- Visitors can enter the tower between June 15 and September 1, from 9:00 a.m. till midnight.
- Rest of the year: from 9.30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Opening hours are extended till midnight during the Spring holidays and on the Easter weekend.
Children under 4 years have free access to the Eiffel Tower. There are special rates for individuals, groups and disabled people as well as reduced rates for adults accompanying the disabled. The rates for standard tickets are:
- Stairs entrance (up to the second floor): Age 4-11= € 3.00 / Age 12-24 = €3.50 / Adults = €5.00
- Lift entrance (up to the second floor): Age 4-11= € 4.00 / Age 12-24 = €7.00 / Adults = €8.50
- Lift entrance (to the top floor): Age 4-11= € 10.00 / Age 12-24 = €13.00 / Adults = €14.50
To avoid a rush you can buy tickets online when you plan your trip to the Eiffel Tower.
Nearby attractions: Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Musee d’Orsay
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