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Eiffel Tower

Climbing the Eiffel tower and enjoying its breathtaking view is a must when in Paris, especially the first time.

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Eiffel Tower, Paris

Aerial view of the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument in the world and annually it welcomes over seven million visitors.  It is 324 meters tall and has three levels for visitors, with restaurants and an observation deeck at 906 ft (276 m). The tower was not always loved by Parisians. At the time of its construction, many insisted that it be pulled down, claiming that it marred the landscape. Today things have changed and when the Parisians refer to the tower they use the nickname “Iron Lady” (in French “La dame de fer”).

The best moment to enjoy the breath-taking views of Paris is early in the morning to avoid the lines or at dusk, when visitors will see Paris suggestively lit up. As a general suggestion, we would recommend avoiding weekends and public holidays. Other than this, the attraction is quite crowded on Tuesdays and Sundays. We suggest going on a Wednesday or Friday.

If you want to avoid the long and inevitable queues at the Eiffel tower ticket office, the best option is to buy your tickets online.  Tickets can be purchased to ascend by stairs or elevator to the first and second levels. The climb from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the climb from the first level to the second, making the entire ascent a 600 step climb. Although there is a staircase to the top level, it is usually accessible only by lift.

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What is the Eiffel Tower?

The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron tower and the main symbol of Paris.

When was the Eiffel Tower built?

The construction works began in 1887 and ended in 1889. The tower was inaugurated on March 31, 1889.

Who built the Eiffel Tower?

It was designed by engineers who worked for the Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel (Maurice Koechlin, Émile Nouguier and Stephen Sauvestre) . It was envisioned after discussion about a suitable centerpiece for the proposed 1889 Exposition Universelle, a world’s fair to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. Eiffel  bought the rights to the patent on the design which Koechlin, Nougier, and Sauvestre had taken out, and the design was put on display at the Exhibition of Decorative Arts in the autumn of 1884 under the company name. 

Why was the Eiffel Tower built?

It was ment to be the centerpiece of the 1889 World’s fair in Paris and it was built to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution.

What was the Eiffel Tower used for?

Today it is a tourist attraction and the symbol of Paris but during World War I, enemy messages were intercepted thanks to the tower radiotelegraphy centre.

General informations

Useful information for your visit to the Eiffel Tower.


It is located in in the center of Paris, on the banks of the Seine, in the 7th arrondissement. It is exactly between the Trocadero, in the North, and the Champ de Mars, in the South, the Seine separating the Trocadero from the tower. The address is:  Champ de Mars, 5 Av. Anatole France, 75007 Paris

Opening hours

To visit the Eiffel Tower the times are as follows:

  • 7 July – 1 September: 9am – 12:45am
  • Rest of the year: 9:30am – 11:45pm (stairs: 9:30am – 6:30pm)

The tower is closed on July 14th

How to get to the Eiffel Tower

To reach the Eiffel Tower:

Metro: Trocadero, lines 6 and 9; Ecole militaire, line 8.

Buses: lines 42, 69, 72, 82 and 87.

RER: Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel, line C.

Attractions nearby

  • Musée du quai Branly (298 m)
  • Champs de Mars (482 m)
  • Musée d’Art Moderne (725 m)
  • Musée des égouts de Paris (749 m)
  • Musée Guimet (758 m)

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