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The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel as a temporary monument for the World's Fair of 1889. Just few days after it was completed it became the most famous landmark of the city receiving the visit of 2 millions people the first year. Today after more than 120 years it remains tourits' favorite attraction and welcomes about 6 millions visitors a year.
Please find here below details about history, opening hours, tickets price and tips...

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The story of the Eiffel Tower started in June 1884 when the plan was conceived by Gustave Eiffel to build a huge iron tower for the World's Fair of 1889. The construction began in 1887 and took a little more than 2 years... Depsite the "Protest against the Tower of Monsieur Eiffel" published in a newspaper and signed by several big names - including Charles Gounod, Guy de Maupassant, Alexandre Dumas junior and Sully Prudhomme - success was immediate and just a few days after it was completed it became the most famous landmark of the city receiving the visit of 2 millions people the first year.

Visit the Eiffel Tower: Tips, tickets price and opening hours

Practical and useful information to plan a visit to the Eiffel Tower

Our tips for visiting the Eiffel Tower

Our tips: The "iron lady" is the most famous landmark of the city so expect to queue quite a long time if you arrive in the afternoon of for sunset... If visiting during winter take a warm coat, gloves and scarf. Good to know: The main queue is for the elevators not for the stairs... If you feel fit enough to go through the 600 steps and if you don't have vertigo, stairs are the best way to reach the second level where the view is absolutely breathtaking. The highest level (The third one) can only be reached by elevator but the view is not much better than from second level... The only great plus of the very top is the Champagne bar to enjoy a glass of Champagne admiring the view.

The Eiffel Tower Night Show

Don't miss the Eiffel Tower night show... The Eiffel Tower will sparkle each hour for ten minutes, from dusk until 2am (1am in winter). Our romantic tip: If visiting Paris at summertime buy a cold bottle of champagne and share a glass sitting on the grass of the "Champs de Mars" waiting for the night to come and the iron lady to sparkle...

Entrance tickets price & opening hours

Tickets price: Lift to 2nd floor €8,20 - Lift to the top: €13,4 - Stairs to 2nd floor €4,70.
*Tickets prices are indicative only (As shown on official website - Sep 2011).
From mid June to end of August: Open every day from 9 am to midnight.
Rest of the year: Open every day 9:30 am to 11 pm.


The Eiffel Tower hosts two restaurants and a Champagne bar.
Eiffel 58 restaurant: Restaurant is located on the 1st floor. Don't expect anything exceptional  here ... However food is honnest and view is great. Open every day Lunch is served from de 11.30am to 4:pm and dinner from 6.30pm to 11pm - Phone: 01 72 76 18 46.
Jules Verne restaurant: One of Paris most talked about table... The restaurant is located at the 2nd floor and is rated 1 Michelin star. A great place to eat. Reservations are mandatory. Lunch is served from 12.15pm to 13.30pm and dinner from 7pm to 9.30pm. Phone: 01 45 55 61 44
Champagne Bar: Bar is located at the very top of the Eiffel Tower. It is open 12am-10pm. The glass of Champagne cost between €10 and €15.

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Map: Where is the Eiffel Tower located?

Other places to see: Champs Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral, Pere Lachaise Cemetery...

Picture of the Eiffel Tower by night

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