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.

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

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

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 5

5 Star Rating One of the great wonders of the world. Had a chance to visit this marvel of engineering with my family in the year 2015. It was a great experience to watch it while walking from the nearby metro station. By watching and looking at it carefully, One will appreciate the difficulties of raising such a structure. Well done "Gustav" 👌👌💐💐

Cyril Francis - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Super...Almost everybody know about Eiffel tower in Paris! so Am I, but now I see in real and its amazing wrought iron construction! The Eiffel Tower was started in 1887 and was finished in 1889.It was a early example of wrought-iron construction in a gigantic scale. There are three sections on the Eiffel Tower; on the first level there is a restaurant, many people visit the second level, and last the third level has a beautiful view of France. I more prefer to visit Eiffel Tower at night, because the glittering of this landmark really beautiful, and make me silence and just can say "wow...".

Experts Junior - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing place, Awesome views from the top. Some points to note before visiting - 1) Security does not allow to carry a trolley bag while going inside this structure through lift or stairs. Back pack bags are allowed. 2) Two options to go up - a) take lift from base to the top. there is a halt at level 1,2. b) take stairs to level 2 then lift. Lift is the only option to go from level 2 to top. 3) Fantastic view even in the night. After sunset they run a series of lights every hour at 20:00, 21:00 etc. 4) There are guys roaming and selling key-chain etc. be careful of them. 5) There are even people betting on three cups and a ball game. They claim to give EUR 50 on bet of EUR 50. You would see someone actually playing and winning or losing 50 EUR. But they are all same group. So don't fall prey to them and just ignore those guys. Overall very lovely place. Be careful and enjoy yourself !! All The Best !!!

Kishor Nadekar - 14 days ago

4 Star Rating The general trip to the tower and the views were excellent. However, we had to wait a long time in line before even getting to wait a long time to buy tickets. And then we had to wait to get the lift to the second level. But when we arrived we saw the amazing view of Paris. It was great and we got lots of pictures! Then we took the lift to the third and last level. It was even better. The price was a little expensive with 11 euros to get to the second level, and 6 euros to the last level (2017). But it wasn't much more than what we expected either. Even with all the waiting it's definitely worth the trip and we recommend to anybody!

Morten Kristensen - 17 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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