It’s impossible to think of Paris without thinking of the Eiffel Tower. Originally built for the tenth World Fair in 1889, the tower was a revolutionary structure for its time and thus not always well accepted by artists and the Parisian public who considered its 10,000 tons of bronze to be an impossible and even unaesthetic project.
After two years of construction, the Eiffel Tower was finally inaugurated in 1889. It became the tallest structure in the world with its 320 meters in height, surpassing the Pyramids of Giza which were the record-holders at 142m tall. It isn’t hard to understand how the tower quickly became a new symbol that forever changed the Parisian landscape.
An iconic landmark of the City of Lights, the Eiffel Tower is simply a must to visit in Paris. Approximately 7 million people visit the tower every year – and in 2011, we added 2 more to that number. (We´ve returned in 2018 with our "adventure suits", you can read the story here).
THE MOST ROMANTIC VISIT
Our visit to the Eiffel Tower was one of the best moments we spent together in Paris in 2011. It was our first trip as a couple and everything was going perfectly; every moment was special. But I was particularly excited to see Joana’s reaction to the Eiffel Tower.
When we stepped out of the Champs de Mars metro station, we were greeted by the cool breeze of a typical Parisian autumn day. The yellow leaves on the ground, the orange hue of the trees and the cold winter sun created the perfect atmosphere for our visit.
As soon as we started nearing the Eiffel Tower, the amazement in Joana’s eyes was visible as she tried to take in the tower’s sheer size. How was it ever possible to build a structure like this one?After the usual photos, we walked around the area a bit and returned at night to see Paris all lit up. It was extremely cold but so worth it!
The Eiffel Tower is an unmissable landmark in Paris. A symbol of the city, we know that it’s on the top of the list for many who want to visit the City of Lights. So, to make your visit as a couple even more special, we’re sharing our tips with you to visit the Eiffel Tower:
THE BEST METRO STATIONS
We arrived at the Eiffel Tower through the Champs de Mars metro station, which is also one of the nearest ones to the tower. But if you want to take in the view more slowly, get out on Trocadéro square and enjoy your walk up to the Eiffel Tower. On the way back, get in at Bir-Hakheim station. This is the metro station with the most beautiful view we have seen to date! You’ll cross over the River Seine where you can get one last glimpse of the Eiffel Tower.
WHEN TO VISIT
We recommend visiting the Eiffel Tower at least twice to admire it by day and by night. Like we said, nothing compares to the view of Paris by night. But it’s also definitely worth it to visit during the day and take in the white-washed landscape of the classic Parisian buildings.
TAKE THE STAIRS
Ok, we get it that this may sound like a crazy suggestion but you don’t have to take the stairs all the way to the top! (In fact, that’s not even possible ;)) But, if you’re short on time or traveling with a tight budget, climb the 700 steps to the first floor of the tower. Most people take the elevator straight to the second floor so, this way, you’ll cut down on your waiting time and you can enjoy a clear view of Paris!
THE BEST PHOTOS
After visiting the Eiffel Tower and admiring its every detail, it’s time to take the best photos to remember your visit later! Right by the Eiffel Tower, you’ll find the carousel that accompanies the tower in many of the iconic shots of the monument. You can copy this image or create your own version of the shot. On the Trocadéro square, you can take the typical shot with the tower in full form behind you two. A bit further away, on Alexandre III bridge you can catch the tower with the River Seine in the forefront for a truly Parisian photograph.
The Eiffel Tower is open every day from 9am until midnight during the summer months and between 9:30am and 11:30pm for the rest of the year. Tickets start at €7 for adults (this includes the stairs to the first floor) and go up to €17 (this includes an elevator ride to the top floor). You can find more information here.