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: 9:30 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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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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