Who doesn't long to be tall, thin & oh-so popular? When you think of Paris the first thing that comes to mind is the Eiffel Tower. You can't help yourself! Quintessential symbol of the City of Lights, it's the most visited monument in the world, and in history. As Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans famous children's book character, sings, "What would Paris be without the Eiffel Tower?"
It's hard to imagine that this monument, built in 1889 for the Exposition Universelle, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, was only supposed to stand for twenty years. Thank goodness that by 1909 the tower proved valuable for radio communication and so was allowed to stand.
The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument in the world — up to 9 million adoring visitors each year — and that means the line-ups are daunting — 2 or 3 hours or more. Don't worry, though, we're going to share our absolute best Paris Insiders Secret.
You can skip-the-lines at the Eiffel Tower by booking a guided tour before you leave home. You meet your guide at the base of the tower and he whisks you past the crowds, into the elevator and up the tower. You're in Paris, your don't want to waste your valuable time waiting in lines!
A great monument like the Eiffel Tower in Paris is going to have a great history.
We were amazed to discover that design award for the first place entry was only $800. Learn about the 1887 protests by leading authors and writers trying to stop the tower from being built. Marvel at the bungee jumps, parachute jumps, radio signals and balloon launching!
250 workers. 2 years 2 months 5 days. 200,000,000 people. 300 meters…
In addition to an interesting history a great monument must have fascinating stories, amazing facts, intricate details and more information than you probably ever need to know — but are secretly dying to find out!
Three different colors of paint?
Put these things together:
2. Top of the Eiffel Tower
And what do you get? We think the answer might well be bliss.
There is a champagne bar at the very top of the Eiffel Tower where you can take a glass of brut or rosé while gazing over the City of Light, the City of Love and the City of Champagne!
The Eiffel Tower is open every day, so you can visit at your leisure.
Just remember, though, that a lot of other people will have the same leisure and the line-ups will be long. There are a couple of ways to help reduce the wait. Our favorite is to book a guided tour and avoid all other hassles of tickets and line.
Adult ticket prices are about 10€ for the elevator to the 1st and 2nd Levels, or about 15€ to get you all the way to the top. Stair tickets (which only get you to Level 2) are listed as around 5€. We've been there in the off-season and found the it was free to climb the stairs. You might get lucky! That is, if you're the type of person who considers climbing 704 steps a lucky thing.
Climbing the stairs is not only a great workout, but a chance to see the tower in a unique way. You get a real feeling for the construction of the tower and even what it must have been like to work on it. And the views are fantastic!
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