Ile de France.
324 metres (1,063 ft)
attractions and other
monuments: Musée des Invalides (Military
d'Orsay (for the Impressionists), Musée d'Art Moderne
Seine river cruises
For 41 years, from its inauguration in 1889 until 1930, the Eiffel
Tower was the world's tallest man-made structure.
That was just one of the many records
it has held, or still holds. Others include the most visited
paid-entrance tourist attraction in the world; and also one of the most
recognised - if not the most recognised - structure in the world. As a
symbol of Paris, it is known the world over.
The Eiffel tower was designed by one of France's
greatest 19th century engineers, Gustave Eiffel, as a gateway to the
Paris Universal Exhibition, marking the centenary of the French
It was originally put up on a 20-year
lease, and should have been dismantled in 1909; but by then it had
become such a landmark, and so popular, that the Paris city hall
decided to keep it open – a decision that it has surely never
The tower is built of 7300 tons of pig
iron - remarkably little considering the height of the structure. When
designing it, Eiffel - who was creating a structure like none other
before - was particularly attentive to wind forces; sceptics
thought that the tower was too high, and would be blown over in the
first gale. Eiffel proved them wrong, and his design was so successful
that even in the strongest wind, the top of the tower only moves by
about 7 centimetres. This is less than it moves under the effect of
strong summer sunshine which causes the metal on the south side to
expand more than on the north.
The Tower has three levels, and there
are restaurants on the first and the second. Most visitors use the
elevators (lifts) to the first and second levels, though there are
stairs for the very energetic. Access to the top is by elevator only.
Though elevators were part of the original structure, those in use
today are modern replacements, and fully compliant with twenty-first
century safety standards.
The Eiffel Tower stands on the left
bank of the Seine (the south bank) in a garden known as the Champ de
Mars - or field of Mars, between the Seine and the Ecole Militaire.
Obviously, on account of its height, the Eiffel Tower can be seen from
places all over Paris, and notably from the heights of Montmartre or
from the top of Notre Dame or from the Arc de Triomphe; but one of the
best places to view it from a distance is just across the Seine, from
the Esplanade of the Trocadero, right opposite.
Eiffel tower tickets &
► NB: Access
to the Eiffel Tower is not included in any of the Paris
, notably the Paris
or the Museum Pass. Tickets are sold for a given date
only. See below.
Tours including the Eiffel Tower
However, access to the tower and restaurant is included in certain
tour packages, such as this Cruise & Dinner at the Eiffel Tower
package, or the.
Paris Orientation Tour + Lunch at the Eiffel
Tower + Versailles
package from Paris Trip.
Tower ticket prices - 2013
and 2nd floor only:
Adult: € 8.50 Youth age 12-24 : €
Child aged 4 to 11: € 4.00
Babies (under 4): free
to the top:
Adult: € 14.00 Youth age 12-24 :
Child aged 4 to 11: € 9.50
Babies (under 4):
and their helpers: same as child rate.
There are public toilets on the first and second levels, but not at the
Metro: Bir Hakeim (Line 6) or Ecole Militaire (Line
Bus for Eiffel tower: lines 42 69 72 80
for the Eiffel Tower
avoid queues and the risk of disappointment
by buying your tickets directly
from the official
Eiffel Tower website
(in English or other languages) before
you go to Paris. The tower is very busy all year and tourists who just
show up will either need to stand in a queue, or else may find the
Tower is already sold out for the day.
Electronic tickets are easy: buy online, and print out your own tickets.
Do not buy tickets from any other source.
Alternatively, buy tickets at the entrance ..... but be prepared for a
long queue !
To save time and avoid queues for
other Paris monuments
, check out the Paris
, providing access to most museums plus tour buses, a
Seine cruise and other attractions.