The Eiffel Tower has been a powerful and unmistakable emblem of Paris, and by extension, France, for 130 years. When it was first erected for the 1889 Globe’s Fair, its size and audacious design wowed the entire world, and it embodied French know-how and industrial ingenuity.
The Eiffel Tower, a world-famous monument and a distinctive tourist attraction, has faithfully accompanied the residents of Paris and its surroundings in their daily lives. Its 330-meter height allows it to be seen from all across Paris and beyond, day and night until 1 a.m., thanks to its lighting, which includes sparkling illumination at set periods and a 360-degree beacon.
The Eiffel Tower has been a witness to, and sometimes a participant in, significant events in France’s history, both lavish and tragic. The Eiffel Tower was a prolific laboratory for scientific experimentation in its early years, particularly wireless telegraphy, which spared it from being demolished after the originally planned 20-year term.
The Tower’s fate is likewise inextricably related to improvements in radio and television technology. TDF’s summit installations and transmitters beam all digital terrestrial television and radio channels to the island’s 12 million residents.
The lights of the Eiffel Tower are turned out at night today to memorialize the victims of tragic events all across the world. It has evolved into a way of expression for people, rather than just a symbol.
At the top, there’s a hidden apartment.
Gustave Eiffel smartly placed a private room for himself in his eponymous tower, where he welcomed distinguished guests such as Thomas Edison. The apartment is now available for public viewing.
Around 60 tonnes of paint are applied to the tower every seven years. It not only maintains the “Iron Lady” (La dame de fer) looking lovely, but it also prevents corrosion.
It was constructed to commemorate the French Revolution’s centennial.
The organizers of the 1889 Exposition Universelle, which honored the 100th anniversary of the Bastille’s fall and the beginning of the French Revolution, held an open competition to create a stunning centerpiece for their world’s fair. They chose the design given by Eiffel, architect Stephen Sauvestre, and engineers Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier out of 107 options.
Artists in Paris signed a petition opposing the “monstrous” tower.
The radical design of the Eiffel Tower inspired anything but love in the hearts of 300 prominent Parisian artists and intellectuals who signed the following manifesto, which was published in the Le Temps newspaper on Valentine’s Day in 1887: “We, writers, painters, sculptors, architects, passionate lovers of the beauty, until now intact, of Paris, hereby protest with all our might, with all our indignation, in the name of French taste gone wrong, in the name of French taste gone wrong.
The Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of love for many couples from all over the world, in addition to being a typical metropolitan emblem. Every year, thousands of marriage proposals are made beneath the majestic tower. The strong iron tower with the outstanding design, the 20 thousand glittering lights that create a romantic ambiance every five minutes, the beautiful view of the city from the tower top, and the beautifully landscaped landscape are all distinctive elements of the Eiffel Tower.
How can I visit the Eiffel Tower if there are no more online tickets available?
If there are no more online tickets available on the selected date, you can purchase tickets from the ticket office at the Eiffel tower itself at the individual rate for immediate use. If you are flexible about your visiting dates, try consulting the calendar to find another available date.
Getting to the Eiffel Tower on public transport?
The Eiffel Tower is served by different means of public transport. By the Metro: Line 9 (Pont de Sévres – Mairie de Montreuil : stop - Trocadéro) Line 6 (Nation – Charles de Gaulle Etoile : stop - Bir-Hakeim) Line 8 (Balard – Créteil : stop - Ecole Militaire) By RER: Line C (Versailles / Saint Quentin en Yvelines - Anthony / Massy Palaiseau : stop - champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel) By bus: Bus 82, stops: "tour Eiffel" or "Montessuy" Bus 30, stop: « tour Eiffel » Bus 86, stop: « Champ de Mars » Bus 69, stop: "Champ de Mars" Bus 72, stop: « Pont d’Iena » You can walk to the Eiffel Tower from all of these stops in only a few minutes.
Are there toilets or baby changing facilities?
There are free toilets on all floors of the Tower (1st, 2nd and the top) as well as on the parvis. There are baby changing facilities on all floors (parvis, 1st, 2nd) apart from the top of the Tower.
How long does a visit take?
How long does a visit take? We recommend that you take your time to enjoy your visit! It is advisable to plan a visiting time of at least 1 1/2 hours for visit to the 1st and 2nd floors and 2 1/2 hours for a visit to the top. Your visiting time will also depend of your choice of way to ascent from the ground to the second floor : by lift or stairs. If you choose the stairs to the second floor : you can count about 10 to 15 minutes per level. For visitors who take the lift, it is only a matter of a couple of minutes! If you have a ticket to go to the top, please bear in mind that you take a different elevator from the second floor to the summit. Depending on the day and the time, you might encounter a little bit of wait to take this elevator. Tickets are scanned again by our staff, at this stage. When going down (you will always start your visit by the highest level), we advise you not to miss the first floor where you can grab a bite or have a drink, enjoy the animations (and the transparent floor!) and shops there. Don't miss the Eiffel Tower's adventure game which is proposed at this floor and in the gardens. This fun treasure hunt like game can extend your enjoyment by 1 more hour.
Can visits be made by people in wheelchairs?
When the Eiffel tower was built in 1889 accessibility for disabled people was not yet a concern. Today, despite the monument's architecture, the nature of the means for ascending the Tower and safety regulations, we do our utmost to cater for disabled people. Disabled people can therefore go to the 1st and 2nd floors by lift but the top is not accessible to them for safety reasons, notably if they had to be evacuated urgently. Several facilities have been created to make it easier for disabled people to visit the Tower: access via the pillars in order to avoid steps and turnstiles large capacity lift cabins designed for people in wheelchairs services accessible on one level (buffets, shops) disabled toilets on the ground floor (behind the East pillar) and on the 1st and 2nd floors conversions to the windows on the balustrade on the 2nd floor so wheelchair users can enjoy the panoramic view audio induction loops at the ticket offices for visitors who are hard of hearing. However visits to the top of the Tower are not authorised for safety reasons. Tickets for disabled people can be purchased in advance from our online ticket office or from the ticket offices at the Tower.
Can I change the date and/or time of my ticket?
The purchase of a ticket is subject to booking a date and time for the visit and these parameters cannot be changed once your purchase has been confirmed. When making a purchase you are presented with a summary of your basket before the purchase is validated. A confirmation email is then sent to you as soon as your payment is registered, confirming the information you have validated. The General Conditions of Sale state that the ticket is valid exclusively for the floor, date and time indicated. Tickets cannot be exchanged modified or refunded after your purchase has been confirmed.
I've lost something, what do I do?
We have a dedicated service which will do its utmost to help you. We invite you to declare it on our online service. Connect here to register and describe what you have lost or found: https://toureiffel.franceobjetstrouves.fr/en/. Requests will be addressed from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm. If your "property" has been recovered, you will be contacted.
Is the Eiffel Tower free for babies?
Children under 4 are the guests of the Eiffel Tower (proof such as an identity card may be requested). A free access ticket will be issued. For school trips, please refer to the price grid dedicated to school trips. To reduce queuing time we suggest that you purchase your ticket in advance on our online ticketing service, where you can book the date and time of your visit to avoid having to queue. Don't forget to select your free baby ticket when you purchase.
Is there a left luggage office?
Is there a left luggage office? There is no left luggage office at the Eiffel Tower. You are reminded that in accordance with our rules: It is not allowed to bring and use rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, overboards, or any other large rolling object (except foldable pushchairs, medical or assistance vehicles for persons with reduced mobility). You also cannot bring the following objects onto the Eiffel Tower: