Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower has become a global icon of France and offers visitors the most spectacular views of Paris available

Looking up at the Eiffel Tower at night
Looking up at the Eiffel Tower at night cc licensed photo by Ella Mullins

The Eiffel Tower, nicknamed the iron lady or La dame de fer, is a tower made of latticed wrought iron. In November of 2002 this amazing structure received its 200 millionth visitor, surely a record! It was originally built as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair and has come to be a global icon of France.

The Eiffel Tower was officially the tallest building in France and offers some really fantastic views from its uppermost tiers. It was designed and built by the engineering company owned by Gustave Eiffel, for whom the tower is named. It was, without a doubt, an engineering marvel for its day and held the record for the highest man-made structure in the world until 1930.

The Tower has three viewing levels that visitors can reach. They are located respectively at 177 feet, 387 feet and a breathtaking 896 feet above the city. Of course the top of the tower is even higher at 984 feet. You can choose to either ascend the tower by means of a set of stairs or a lift. You will need to climb 600 steps to get to the second level though, so make sure that you are fit if you opt to climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator. You will only be able to get to the third and highest level by means of the elevator.

The Eiffel Tower is open well into the night giving you the opportunity to enjoy the sunset and sparkling nighttime vistas. After dark the Tower is also spectacular from the ground with its amazing night lighting; something you won't want to miss!

There are two restaurants offering spectacular views of Paris located in the tower — one on the first level and the other on the second level. You should plan to reserve far in advance should you decide to dine at either of them.

Taking care of this national monument is no mean feat. It requires the application of between 50 and 60 tonnes of paint every seven years to keep it from rusting.

You would do well to note that access to the upper levels of The Eiffel Tower may be restricted during bad weather or if there are too many visitors already on the tower. You will not be allowed to take pets (guide dogs are exempt) or large pieces of luggage up the tower as this is considered to be a safety hazard.

Nearby attractions: Jardin du Trocadero and CinéAqua Aquarium

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes, but of course it is free to view it from below.

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

Phone: 0 892 70 12 39

Official Website: Eiffel Tower

Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M9Trocadéro‎12 minutes
M6Bir-Hakeim‎12 minutes
RER-CChamp de Mars10 minutes

How to get to Eiffel Tower by Metro / RER

By Metro: Exit Metro Line 9 at Trocadero Station and proceed around the traffic circle to the esplanade which offers a great view of the Eiffel Tower as you approach. Continue walking through the esplanade towards the tower, down the stairs on the far side, through the Jardin de Trocadéro‎ and across the Pont d'léna bridge to the base of the tower or exit Metro Line 6 at Bir-Hakeim, walk northwest (toward the river) on Blvd de Grenelle to Quai Branly and go right following the road to the tower which will be clearly visible up ahead.

By RER-C: Exit the RER-C at Champ de Mars Station and follow the promenade north along the River Seine until opposite the Eiffel Tower and cross the road to the base.

It should also be noted that the Batobus also has a stop at the Eiffel Tower should you choose it for you mode of transport.

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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5Eiffel Tower Star Rating

5 Star Rating Évidemment, la Tour Eiffel est un monument presque indispensable si l’on visite la capitale. Tout simplement parce que c’est une expérience à vivre! La vue sur Paris est, bien entendu, unique et imprenable (à 360°). Le deuxième étage est le plus impressionnant. Il n’y pas la présence de grilles qui bloquent la vue et l’espace pour se déplacer est plus agréable. Ne faites pas les chochottes et prenez les escaliers si vous êtes dans la capacité de le faire! L’expérience n’en sera que plus longue afin de bien en profiter! Dernier point: les boutiques souvenirs sont horriblement chères .. à éviter.

Chloé K - 7 hours ago

5 Star Rating It's a true engineering wonder. Unfortunately, the day I visited was one of the worst snow in almost a century! Couldn't make it to the top for a week.. the surrounding and even the way the trees were trimmed imperfect angles were a treat to the eye. Bust way to travel for a tourist is the bus. The connectivity and frequency is very good. Fastest way is metro. Metro frequency and connectivity is also good.. I was totally amazed with the punctuality of the public transport.

Ranjeet Mohan - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating France: Dieu Se réjouit non seulement de l'œil mais aussi de toute vie en France. La Tour Eiffel est tout simplement le plus haut miracle d'altitude de 324 mètres inhabituel. 5 points même 10 ou plus. Україна: Боже. Радує не тільки око але й все живе у Франції. Ейфелева вежа просто найвища 324 метра висота чудо незвичайне. 5 балів навіть 10 і більше. Россия: Боже. Радует не только глаз но й всё живое во Франции. Эйфелева башня просто высочайшая 324 метра висоти чудо необычное. 5 балов даже 10 и больше. English: God Rejoices not only the eye but also all lives in France. The Eiffel Tower is simply the highest 324 meter altitude miracle unusual. 5 points even 10 or more.

Andre3_voin - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating This is a must go place and tops for tourist and I’m sure for locals too, it has a spectacular view of Paris from the top. Although is beautiful at night I would recommend to go up during the day, you can sit at the restaurant, have lunch, enjoy the stunning view with a couple of drinks and have your photos taken. I loved it! But when I went the queues were not too long so we didn’t have to wait much.

Angelica Valenzuela - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating There is strict security upon entering the premises of the tower. Additionally, as a result of its popularity there are large crowds and long lines. I think it's worth the wait. I only went to first level and the view was great. I could see a great deal of Paris and it was beautiful. It's also mind blowing to try to look up to the top of the tower. I love this place.

Atul Dagur - 19 days ago

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Official Video or the Eiffel Tower with views from the various levels, the elevator and the ground including the spectacular night lighting

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