Visiting The Eiffel Tower In Paris

The Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris (standing at 324 metres, roughly about the same height as an 81-storey building) and the most-visited paid monument in the world; with millions of visitors year round.

Nicknamed La dame de fer or “the iron lady”, the tower is a puddle iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris.

Not only has it become an icon for Paris, but for the whole of France – and a visit to Paris without seeing the Eiffel tower just doesn’t seem right.

From being a structure that was planned to be torn down, to having become one of the most recognizable structures in the world, this historical structure has a fascinating history.

The Eiffel tower scam with Victor Lustig is my favorite story, where he actually managed to “sell” the Eiffel tower for scrap metal – twice!

Some are happy just to see it from underneath, take a photo of it and one with yourself jumping in front of it (you will see everyone doing it when you get there..!), others climb the tower to see the views, and a few go all the way out and dine inside the tower.

Yes, the Eiffel tower actually has two restaurants.

Eiffel Tower Restaurants: At the first floor is the Le 58 tour Eiffel, a restaurant seating as many as 200 people and offers traditional French cuisine – it is not easy to get a table there, so we suggest you book at least two weeks early.

Le Jules Vernes  is the second restaurant and is located on the second floor, with its very own private lift.

The restaurant is run by the world-renowned chef Alain Ducasse who is the only chef to hold 19 Michelin stars throughout his career.

The restaurant has a view of the city to die for, and funny enough it was featured in the movie “A View to a Kill” with Roger Moore.

Eiffel Tower Tickets: With the tower having three levels for visitors, tickets can be purchased to ascend, by stairs or lift, to the first and second levels – to skip the long lines at the gate, you can buy tickets online from the official web site.

Stairs Entrance Eiffel Tower Tickets: This is the cheapest type of ticket available (4.70 Euro) and will give you the opportunity to explore the Tower on foot.

However, it gives you an access only up to the second floor – you can’t get on the top level with this type of ticket.

Lift Entrance Eiffel Tower Tickets (2nd floor): A bit more expensive than the Stairs Entrance (8.20), this type of ticket will also take you only up to the second floor – however, you are allowed to use the elevator instead of the stairs.

Lift Entrance Eiffel Tower Tickets (to the top): The most expensive of all tickets (13.40), this is the only ticket that gives access to the top of the tower.

A little warning though; since it’s so high up top, landmarks or monuments are hardly seen, but definitely worth it if you like heights.

So now you know everything you need to know about a visit to the Eiffel Tower - have you ever been? if so, what did you think?

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15 Responses to Visiting The Eiffel Tower In Paris

  1. Jodi Henderson January 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    I’ve taken a picture from underneath, but that’s it so far! I will be visiting again in March with my niece and nephew and they’re very excited about going on it. In fact, I think they would love to go straight to the very top. I, however, am afraid of heights, but have agreed to attempt the first level. Wish me luck!

    • Sofia - As We Travel January 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

      Just look forward to the feeling afterwards of having conquered your fears! Hope you have a wonderful time in Paris in March.

  2. Passport+Toothbrush January 3, 2012 at 4:41 am #

    I’ve had the chance to climb up the tower by stairs. It was a small accomplishment, being so scared of heights! It’s an icon, yes, but I’d recommend trying to get on the top floors of the Montparanasse building, I believe it’s Paris’ tallest building where you can get a GREAT view of the Eiffel tower!

    • Sofia - As We Travel January 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

      Thanks for sharing the tip, a photo with a view over Paris including the tower is epic!

  3. Debbie @ European Travelista January 4, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    I love the Eiffel Tower!  The last time we went up it was not raining at the bottom but it was at the top.  Fun, fun, fun! 

    • Sofia - As We Travel January 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

      Wow that must have been pretty odd, makes your realize just how tall the structure is..!

  4. winfredroger January 4, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Visiting the Eiffel tower is one of my big hobbies!! It’s World
    one of the best creation and I wonder how engineer thought something like such
    tower. Thanks buddy for sharing your experience; it’s made my eagerness higher.

    • Sofia - As We Travel January 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      I agree, it’s a crazy structure to come up with, Eiffel wanted to impress and show everybody how skilled he was with his construction techniques… and he definitely succeeded!

  5. Hotelswala January 6, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    Eiffel tower is my dream destination.Lovely images.Would definitely visit it once in my lifetime.

  6. Amer @TendToTravel January 6, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    You know what, I’ve actually used the stairs from the ground upwards to the middle observatory deck. It was painful. Anyway, the view from the top is well worth paying for.

  7. Sandy January 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    The picture from the restaurant view is gorgeous. This is definitely my number one pick of vacation destinations.

  8. Bgies01 January 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    The best trip I ever took was to Paris.  My favorite memory is of standing on the highest level of the Eiffel Tower at sunset, watching the warm glow of the sun vanish over Paris on my last day in the city.  It was made even more special with the ride down, watching its light show sparkle like gold and diamonds.  I’m moving to Paris for the summer and can’t wait to see the tower again!   

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  10. New York Hotel February 7, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    My preferred storage is of status on the best level of the Eiffel Structure at sundown, viewing the heated ambiance of the sun go away over London on my last day in the town.  It was made even more unique with the trip down, viewing its gentle present glimmer like precious metal and gemstones.

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