The Eiffel Tower - Paris

Tour EiffelOne can easily consider the Eiffel Tower as the symbol of Paris. Who does’t know it?

One can easily consider the Eiffel Tower as the symbol of Paris. Who does’t know it?

Built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 for the Exposition Universelle in Paris, it was then the highest monument in the world at 300 meters high. It remained the highest monument for 42 years until the construction of the Empire State Building in New York, and has since been greatly exceeded several times. Now a days, the tower is not visited for its height, but its architectural and historic magnificence. You certainly will not get the chance to visit the Eiffel Tower in solitary : since its construction, and especially since the rise of international tourism, the number of visitors has increased exponentially, and is fast approaching the milestone of 300 million visitors a year.

Visits

The Eiffel Tower is open every day of the year at 9.30AM, closing hours varying by season. it closes at 12:45AM during summer and 11:45PM  the rest of the year. The stairs close earlier than the elevator, at 6:30PM.

The tariffs for accessing the second floor are € 8.10 per lift (€ 6.50 for people under 24 years old). If you’re broke, you can always go on foot for 4.50 € (3.50 € for people under 24 years old).
The ticket to access the top by elevator is 13.10 € (11,50 € for people under 24 years old).
To save time and avoid long lines, please buy your ticket online at the website of the Eiffel Tower!

The tours are not free, but you can see behind the scenes of the Eiffel Tower in the company of a guide who will show you the original engine room. The visit lasts 1h30 and costs roughly 20 € per person.

To get there

The Eiffel Tower is located on the Champs de Mars.  Ask at your youth hostel for the quickest route to the tower. Several subway stations and commuter trains are nearby: The RER line C, subway lines 6, 8 and 9.
You can also get there by Batobus, there is a wharf nearby.

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