The Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) is an imposing iron monument on Paris’ Champ de Mars by the river Seine.
The Eiffel Tower was built between 1887 and 1889 based on the design of engineer Gustave Eiffel, after whom the tower was named. In fact Eiffel’s design was chosen out of 107 other proposals as part of a competition to create an iron structure as the entrance way to Paris’ Universal Exhibition World Fair or ‘Exposition Universelle’. The intention was to mark the centennial of the French Revolution.
Work on the 15 metre foundations began on 26 January 1887 and the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated on 31 March 1889 when Eiffel himself climbed the Tower’s 1,710 steps and planted the French flag at its peak.
At that time, the Eiffel Tower’s 312 metres in height made it the tallest building in the world, only eclipsed in 1929 with the construction of New York’s Chrysler Building. Today the Eiffel Tower is 324 metres tall due to the later addition of antennas, making it the tallest building in Paris and the fifth tallest in the world.
The Eiffel Tower is a tourist hotspot and visitors can climb or use the lifts to reach the first or second floors, the latter of which is 115 metres high. The most expansive views can be found on the Eiffel Tower’s third level at 276 metres, which has its own separate lift from the second floor. A backstage tour is available, which details the workings of the Eiffel Tower and its history.
To reach the Eiffel Tower via Metro, use line 6 to Beir Hakeim or Dupleix, lines 6 and 9 to Trocadero or line 8 to Ecole Militaire. Via RER take line C to Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel. Buses 42, 69, 72, 82 and 87.
There are three restaurants at the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is open daily, 9:30am-11pm (to midnight from 1 Jan to 12 June and 1 Sept to 31 Dec). Adults pay €8.10 for entry to the second floor via lift (€6.40 for ages 12-24, €4 for ages 4-11), €13.10 for top floor entry (€11.50 for ages 12-24, €9 for ages 4-11) and €4.50 for stairs entrance to the second floor (€3.50 for ages 12-24, €3 for ages 4-11). Further discounts available for disabled individuals.
Tour Eiffel, 5 avenue Anatole France, Champ de Mars, 75007 Paris
+33 (0)8 92 70 1239
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