Eiffel Tower

Price guide: Expensive

Champ de Mars, Paris, 75007

Price guide: Expensive

Eiffel Tower, Paris
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Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, Romance, Sightseeing

Best for First-time visitors - Expert review of Eiffel Tower

The ultimate Paris icon: even better in reality.

Everyone knows the Eiffel Tower and though many Parisians feel far too superior to come anywhere as touristy, this is a place that you have to visit at least once. However familiar it may seem, when you actually see it, you still can't help but be amazed: by the patterns of ironwork particularly when seen from underneath, the close ups of the girders and the two and a half million rivets that hold them together as you rise up in the lifts. Gustave Eiffel's construction has long lost the status of tallest building of the world that it had when it was put up – originally as a temporary structure for the 1889 World Fair on the centenary of the French Revolution – but it is still a wonder of engineering, wonderfully useless and well worth the queues. Vintage double decker lifts take you up to the first and second levels where there's a display about the tower, souvenir shops, snacks and restaurants; you have to change lifts for the top level viewing platform.

Price advice: 

It costs 13.10 euros to get to the top, 8.10 for the lift to the second level, 4.50 euros for the stairs to the second level (9, 4 and 3 euros for 4-11s).

Expert tips: 
It's now possible to buy tickets in advance on the website and print them out at home or transfer them to a mobile phone with bar code capacity.
Queues are shorter at night, which is also when the tower sparkles for several minutes each hour.
The Eiffel Tower is also a place to eat: as well as the gastronomic [node:167671] restaurant on the 2nd level, which has its own lift, you can also eat at 58 Eiffel on the 1st level.

More information on Eiffel Tower:

Price guide:
Landmark / monument, Science / technology, Viewpoint
Champ de Mars, Paris, 75007
08 92 70 12 39
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mid June-Aug daily 9am-12.45am (last lift to top at 11pm); Sept-mid June 9.30am-11.45pm (last lift to top at 10.30pm).

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