The Eiffel Tower symbol of Paris

Having been visited by 250 million people in the 121 years that the tower has stood sentinel-like over the romantic city of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is still the world’s most visited monument for which you have to pay.

Originally built by engineer Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, the tower was never meant to have a permanent place of the Parisian skyline, but the tower was so popular with visitors to Paris, and also so very handy to have as a place to transmit and receive signals in the early days of radio communications, the tower has just remained where it is.

At 342 metres in height and weighing 100,100 tonnes, 60 tonnes of which is just the paint used on it, the Eiffel Tower is a magnificent structure.  If you wish to walk up the stairs on the east corner, there are a mere 1,665 steps from the ground to the top platform.  Or, you can walk to the second floor, which is a mere 704 steps.  When you finally do get to the top floor, you may like to participate in a very Parisian experience, and enjoy a chilled glass of French champagne from the Champagne Bar while you enjoy the spectacular views.

The Eiffel Tower receives almost 7 million visitors per year, which means that is busy on any day, but especially during summer when it is peak season in Paris.

There is, of course, a ticket office at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, where long queues can form.  An alternative to queuing for a substantial time is to purchase your tickets online.  In order to do this, you do need to have an idea of when you will visit the tower as you need to nominate a date and time for your visit.  You can purchase e-tickets as late as the day prior to your visit, when you may have a much better idea of the time you wish to ascend the tower.    

It is important to arrive at the time you stipulate; otherwise they may not let you onto the tower if you are too late.

You can either print your e-ticket, or save it to your mobile (cell) phone for ease.  If you do decide to save your e-ticket to your phone, please make sure that you have the right software for displaying a bar code – if you are able to save it as a .pdf file, this should suffice.

It is difficult to envisage going to Paris and not going up the Eiffel Tower, although many people who are worried about heights can and do admire the tower from a ground perspective.  Like many tall structures, once you are on the tower and realise just how solid it feels, you can forget about the height and simply fall in loves with the views that you get, and soak up the beauty of one of the world’s great cities.

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