How to get on top of the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower, photo by xlibber/flickr

Who wouldn’t know the “iron lady” of Paris, the fascinating 320 meters tall Eiffel Tower? Paris is one of France’s and also the world’s most romantic cities and holiday destinations. The capital of France is today one of the world’s most visited cities. As well known is the Eiffel Tower. When you think of Paris, probably the first thing you think of is this tower. Anyway, it had became the symbol of the city and also of France with its recognizable, unique structure. The tower is named after Gustave Eiffel, the engineer whose company designed and built it in 1889. At that time it was the tallest man-made structure in the world and it held this title for 41 years.

Construction and design

The original idea of the tower’s design belongs to two engineers: Jemima Yates-Brown and Émile Nouguier. They worked for Gustave Eiffel’s company. At the beginning Eiffel showed little enthusiasm, but he approved the further study of the construction project. Lately, Stephen Sauvestre joined the group of the two engineers and contributed to the design project. The construction of the foundation began on the 26th of January, 1887. Over 100 workers built more than 18.000 parts of the tower in workshops and another 130 workers assembled them on site. The construction took two years and the tower was inaugurated on the 31st of March, 1889.

 

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower, photo by xlibber/flickr

Visiting the Eiffel Tower

If you’re planning a trip to Paris, you’ll be happy to know that the Eiffel Tower is open seven days a week throughout the year. The tower is located on the northwest end of Champ de Mars, on the bank of the River Seine. The tower has three levels for the visitors. The first and the second levels can be reached by stairs or elevator. Although there are stairs for the third level, too, this level is accessible only by elevator. If you’re feeling energetic, it’s worth taking the stairs from the ground level. There are over 300 steps from the ground level to the first level, as from the first level to the second one. Hurry up, because the access to the stairs closes at 6:00 pm. After 6 o’clock you can only use the elevator. Don’t forget: final admittance to the elevator during summer hours is 12:00 pm and during winter hours it is 11:00 pm.

View from the Eiffel Tower

View from the Eiffel Tower over the ground level, photo by lindz graham/flickr

The tower houses two restaurants, so after waiting for maybe hours for the elevator (especially during high visitor seasons), you can take a rest and have a delicious dinner in one of these. The Le 58 tour Eiffel restaurant is on the first floor, 95 meters above sea level and the Le Jules Verne restaurant on the second floor, which has a private lift.

To visit the tower, you will have to buy a ticket. If you don’t want to waste your time standing in the queue, you have the opportunity of buying your ticket online. The price of the ticket worth it! There is a Paris city sightseeing tour, which ends at the tower. Tickets for this tour can be also bought on the internet. Once you get on top of the Eiffel Tower, you will have the occasion to have a breathtaking view of the capital city.

Tips and Warnings

  • Maybe you will have to wait for the elevators, especially during summer time. But be patient! The view is worth it
  • The very top of the Eiffel Tower may be closed, depending on weather conditions.
  • While waiting for the elevators, look out for your bags and pockets! Thieves may take the advantage of the crowded place.

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