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Eiffel Tower

The Tour Eiffel is the world's most recognizable monument. In a city almost free from skyscrapers, she is by far the tallest monument and provides spectacular views over her own metal structure and the surrounding city. From 1889 until 1930, she was the world's tallest monument. Her visit walking up the stairs is a thrilling experience. Top Paris monuments.

Tour Eiffel, the icon of Paris

Don't skip the Tour Eiffel - the Eiffel Tower in English. As Parisians, we keep being fascinated by her transparency and size. Visit the Eiffel Tower on your own or as part of a Paris tour with skip the line tickets. Some Paris tours include a lunch or dinner at the Eiffel Tower. Check tour information.

The Tour Eiffel is best seen from Palais de Chaillot on the opposite Seine River bank. Check our 4 hour Eiffel Tower walking tour including great views and first class museums.

Tour Eiffel towers above Paris

Tour Eiffel: the monument

A daring engineer dream, the Eiffel Tower weights 7300 tons. But, the pressure she applies on the ground is only equivalent to the pressure of a chair with a man seated on it.

Now 324 meters tall with its television antennas, she towers above Paris, a city almost completely free of skyscrapers.

Spectacular air lifts bring you up to the first (58 meters above ground), second (115 meters) and third floor (276 meters) with their fantastic 360° Paris views. Pictures.

Tour Eiffel visit

The Eiffel Tower is open every day, 9am to 12am mid-June to early September, from 9.30am to 11pm the rest of the year. The Eiffel Tower tickets cost 17 euros. Buy tickets online.

The Eiffel Tower has two restaurants, the 58 Tour Eiffel on the first floor and the fancy Jules Vernes restaurant on the second floor. Both are good value for money.

If you can, walk up to the second floor. This walk is definitely one of the greatest things you can experience in Paris. Don't miss the Eiffel Tower at night, specially on July 14th.

Locate Eiffel Tower on Paris map.
Official web site

Paris metro: Metro station Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel on RER C and Bir Hakeim on line 6.

Walking down the Eiffel Tower stairs
Walking down the Eiffel Tower stairs

Shopping near Tour Eiffel

Beaugrenelle is a large and modern shopping mall. It has 150 shops and is a 20' walk from the Eiffel Tower.

Address: 16 rue Linois 75015 Paris.
Open Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday 10am to 8pm. Movie theaters and restaurants Monday to Sunday 9.30am to midnight. Web site

Paris metro: Bir-Hakeim line 6, Charles Michel line 10
Locate Beaugrenelle Shopping Mall on Paris map.

Tour Eiffel restaurants

The Eiffel Tower is by far the tallest building in the city. Her two restaurants provide an incredible view over Paris and the surounding Ile de France region when the sky is clear.

Jules Verne

2nd floor, Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars 75007 Paris. Metro: Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel on RER C and Bir Hakeim on line 6. At 125 meters, breathtaking view, cuisine of famous cook Alain Ducasse. Expensive (105 euro set menu for lunch during week is value for money). Web site.

58 Tour Eiffel

1st floor, Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars 75007 Paris. Metro: Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel on RER C and Bir Hakeim on line 6. 1st floor of Eiffel tower (at 58 meters). Priority Eiffel Tower ticket + 2 course menu for 45 euros. Can be combined with Paris tour. Information. Web site.

Jules Verne restaurant
Jules Verne restaurant

Tour Eiffel history

The Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1887–89 for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) to mark the 100 year anniversary of the 1789 French Revolution.

The contractor was Eiffel et Compagnie, a consulting and construction firm owned by the bridge builder, architect and metal expert Gustave Eiffel. Several hundred workers spent two years assembling the framework of the lattice tower, which at its inauguration in March 1889 stood nearly 1,000 feet high and was the tallest structure in the world, a distinction it held until the completion of New York City’s Chrysler Building in 1930.

In 1957, an antenna was added that increased the structure’s height by 65 feet, making it taller than the Chrysler Building but not the Empire State Building, which had surpassed its neighbor in 1931. Initially, only the Eiffel Tower’s second-floor platform was open to the public. Later, all three levels, two of which now feature restaurants, would be reachable by stairway or one of eight elevators.

Eiffel Tower in construction - 1888
Eiffel Tower in construction - 1888

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