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Eiffel Tower

More than a century after it was built, the Eiffel Tower, as modern and ethereal as ever, has come to symbolise Paris for the whole world.
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Description

Nothing so high had been built since the Great Pyramid! Constructed over two years for the Exposition Universelle of 1889 and the centenary of the French Revolution, the Eiffel Tower soars up 300 metres high. And, until the inauguration of the Empire State Building in 1931, was the tallest building in the world!

Built as a technological showcase for France, the audacious and monumental tower propelled the country into modernity. Today it remains Paris’s most visited monument.

An Architectural Shock

During the construction period, Parisians were horrified by the tower. Eminent cultural figures like Émile Zola and Paul Verlaine signed a petition calling the monument a “tragic streetlamp ” and a “graceless skeleton”. Guy de Maupassant even announced he was leaving town because “the Eiffel Tower finally bothered [him] too much”.

Nevertheless, at its inauguration on April 15, 1889, there was a rush to climb to the summit and take advantage of its unprecedented views over the city. Despite its success, the tower was set to be dismantled in 1909, but was luckily preserved as a telegraph antennae then a radio station. Since then, it has watched over the city, with a beacon that sweeps across Paris as night falls. And, for 5 minutes at the start of each hour, the tower lights up and sparkles with thousands of tiny lights.

Three floors, three atmospheres

The first floor, at 57 metres above ground level (345 steps), has been extensively revamped. A highlight of the renovation? The transparent floor across the esplanade that allows you to feel like you’re flying over the crowds below. Three glass-and-steel pavilions have also been added, tilted to follow the curves of the pillars, which house Restaurant 58, some new reception areas, and an immersive film show about the history of the tower.

Climb a further 359 steps and you’ll arrive at the second floor, 115 meters above ground, with its wonderful views over the city… The gourmet Jules-Verne restaurant offers a refined menu created by Alain Ducasse and has its own dedicated lift in the South Pillar. If you’re in a rush, do at least make a quick stop at the bar à macarons before continuing your ascent.

The third floor is 276 meters high and only accessible by lift – and even then there is a 800-person limit. Try to get there an hour before sunset to enjoy the best light. You can also visit the (reconstituted) office of Gustave Eiffel and the Champagne bar.

Good to know: when going up, you’ll have to choose either stairs or lift. However the lift is obligatory from the second floor, to reach the top level. Visitors are strongly advised to reserve tickets online to avoid long queues.

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Access and contact

Champs-de-Mars
5 avenue Anatole France
75007 Paris 7ème

Metro Bir-Hakeim, line 6 / Trocadéro, lines 6 and 9 / École-Militaire, line 8 RER C Champ-de-Mars – Tour Eiffel Bus 22, 30, 32, 42, 63, 69, 72, 80, 82, 87 Vélib’ stops close to the Eiffel Tower

Days and opening hours

From 2106 to 02/09, daily between 9 AM and 12.45 AM. All schedules are likely to change without notice.

Access to the top of the Tour Eiffel can be suspended temporarily owing to poor weather conditions or in case of overcrowding.

From 03/09 to 2006, daily between 9.30 AM and 11.45 PM. Easter weekend and spring school holidays: extended opening until midnight.

N.B. :

All schedules are likely to change without notice.

Access to the top of the Tour Eiffel can be suspended temporarily owing to poor weather conditions or in case of overcrowding.

Prices

  • 11 €
  • From 03/09/2018 to 20/06/2019 Adult: 11 to 25 € Child : 2.50 to 9.50 € Job seeker: 4 to 8 € Disabled: 4 to 8 €.

    From 2106 to 02/09/2019 Adult: 11 to 25 € Child : 2.50 to 9.50 € Job seeker: 4 to 8 € Disabled: 4 to 8 €.

    Free entry for children < 4 years. Child entry valid for 4 - 11 years. Group rate available for > 10 people.

    Rates for tickets with lift to the second floor and to the top floor.

Facility

  • Lift
  • Toilets
  • Restaurant
  • Parking

Services

  • Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Guided tours

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Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Guided tour languages

  • English
  • French

Documentation languages (home)

  • English
  • French

Bulletin board languages

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Portuguese
  • Japanese
  • Arab

Single mean time tour

120 mins

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request
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Accessibility

  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability
  • Visual disability
  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
Due to safety reasons, the top of the Eiffel Tower is not accessible to disable persons (wheelchair)

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