One of the most iconic sites in the world is the picturesque Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Named after its engineer Gustave Eiffel, this magnificent architecture has been a popular cultural icon of France since 1889. Travellers from all over the world flock Paris to get the best view and ‘selfie’ of the 1,063-feet tall tower. In fact, it is the most-visited paid monument in the world, where almost 7 million tourists visit it annually (75% are foreigners). And there is much more to the Eiffel Tower than meets the eye, which you may already know from my past post: The Eiffel Tower: What you didn’t know.
However, going to Paris and visiting the Eiffel Tower is not as easy as it may seem, but there are many effective ways to fully enjoy your trip here without any problem.
Here are some tips on how you can maximize your time and best plan your visit to the Eiffel Tower:
Book tickets in advance
Whether its weekday, weekend, day or night, the line going to the Eiffel Tower can be really long and disappointing – wasting most of your time in your vacation. It’s advisable to book ahead of time (online) and come in early, before the entrance opens. Advance booking is available, where you can choose a time slot every half hour between 9:00AM to 9:30PM, which often get priority access to the Eiffel Tower’s lifts. The lift cost varies depending on where you want to go. Going to the top costs €13.50 while going to the second floor costs €9.50. There are also stairs going to the second floor, which costs cheaper at €5.
Enjoy it from a Distance
Whilst getting close to the iconic tower is every one’s travel dream, it’s not the right way to fully enjoy the Eiffel Tower. The best way is to stay a little distance from it to be able to take a good picture of its beauty.
For those considering the sights from atop, be warned. The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower is considered among the most disappointing tourist attractions. People commonly go to Paris to look at this amazing piece of architecture, not from it. Though many will still agree that the Parisian cityscape is still sight to behold, regardless of the vantage point.
Consider a Night Visit
Whilst the Eiffel Tower is a must-see anytime, there is something special about it when you look at it at night. In fact, even the strike of sunset makes this tower breathtakingly beautiful from afar. Riding up the tower at night, you will understand why Paris is called the “City of Lights,” as there are more than 296 illuminated sites in the city capital of France. Out of the 37 bridges in Paris, 33 of it are illuminated at nightfall. The Eiffel Tower comes with 20,000 sparkling light bulbs that makes this famous landmark glisten beautifully.
Reward Yourself with Drinks and Snacks
After an exciting trip to the Eiffel Tower, reward yourself with some drinks and snacks available on the 1st and 2nd floor of the iconic tower. The Eiffel Tower Snack-Bars offer a more reasonable price for sandwiches, pizzas, pastries and drinks compared to the elegant cafes around the vicinity of the monument. For €10.50, you can have a great snack near the tower, with a Pain au Chocolat (chocolate croissant – €2), Ham and Cheese Baguette (€4.50), and a glass of wine of beer (€4). Romantic couples can also try the Eiffel Tower Champagne Bar where they offer glasses of champagne ranging from €10 to €15.
Planning your trip to the magnificent Eiffel Tower ahead of time will allow you to maximize your stay in Paris, especially if you are on a short trip. We hope this post has given you an idea on how to make the most of your trip to France’s popular architecture!
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