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The Eiffel Tower Experience

What could be a more iconic picture of Europe that a sweeping shot over the Paris skyline complete with a view of the Eiffel Tower standing tall above the one of the most beautiful cities in the world?

Thousands of people across the planet spent their childhood dreaming of seeing this structure in the flesh one day, myself included, and for many it invokes a very emotional response. When traveling the world is one of your lifelong dreams, seeing the Eiffel Tower is one of those moments that goes on your travel bucket list for life. Once I took my first glimpse of its grandeur, that’s when I really knew all my dreams had come true.

 

The Eiffel Tower Experience

One of the world’s most recognizable sites

 

Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower stands 324 meters (1,063ft) tall and held the title as the tallest building in the world for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City took over. Once the antennae was added, the Eiffel Tower was then taller than the Chrysler Building but by that time other buildings had taken over in height and the Eiffel Tower could not compete.

When the Tower was being commissioned, it was met with a lot of protest from the artistic community in Paris who believed it would be an eyesore on the Paris skyline. The designer, Gustave Eiffel, met this criticism with a proclamation that the Tower would one day be comparable to the pyramids in Egypt. Although the Eiffel Tower doesn’t have any of the ancient mystery that the pyramids do, it certainly has become one of the most famous structures in the world, and a symbol of the City of Love – ironically a very romantic and artistic notion which appeals to the kind of people that once protested its construction.

 

The Eiffel Tower Experience - Views

Views of the City from above

 

The Eiffel Tower can be seen from all over Paris, including out hotel Mövenpick Neuilly, but if you really want to experience it, you must climb it.  It is open all year round, and hours range from around 9am to midnight, depending on the time of year and whether you take the stairs or lift. The stairs only take you up to the second floor, so if you want to go all the way to the top you have to make sure you don’t miss the last lift if you want to catch the beautiful view of the Paris skyline at night – our personal favorite time to see it!

The first floor of the Eiffel Tower is a hive of activity with a restaurant, exhibitions, various look-out points to buildings and popular spots in the city, a souvenir shop, a cinema showing information about everything related to the Tower and it’s history, a Post Office, and an observation point where you can look up to the top of the tower and see how it oscillates depending on the wind and temperature. Yes, the Tower really does move in the wind.

 

The Eiffel Tower Experience - Views of Arc de Triomphe

Views of the Arc de Triomphe from atop the Eiffel Tower

 

The second floor also has a number of things to keep you occupied, including a restaurant and buffet, The Story Window, which explains the construction of the Eiffel Tower and gives you all you need to know about how the building came into existence, plus a vision which will give you plunging views of the ground below, not for anyone who’s afraid of heights!

The views you get from first and second floor of the Eiffel Tower really are incomparable to what you can see from the very top. The panoramas of the city from the top level are completely mind blowing, and the view you can see for miles and miles from this level is almost impossible to explain. If you want a truly decadent day, why not treat yourself to a glass of champagne at the bar on the top level, the perfect way to toast to your Eiffel Tower experience.

For information on entry or tour prices visit www.tour-eiffel.fr

 

Thank you to XCom Global for helping us stay connected during our European Road Trip with their MiFi device.

 

Have you ever gone to the top of the Eiffel Tower?

 

12 comments

  1. I’ve heard several Parisians say that the best view of Paris is from the top of the Eiffel Tower…because it’s the only place you can’t see the tower from! It’s interesting how fascinating this tower is to so many visitors to the city, but that many locals there think of it as an eyesore.
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    • Michael
      Michael Wright /

      I wish my home city had an eyesore that looked like the Eiffel Tower 😛
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      • Anthony /

        Agreed. I think it’s an amazing monument. Even if it is a little bit of a cliche, visiting the Eiffel Tower is something that everyone should do at some point in their lives.

  2. Stewart C.Bailey /

    The first time I saw the Eiffel Tower back in 1998 it was a foggy day and as I saw it in the distance for the first time the sun broke the haze for me to see it and when I did see it the hairs on the back of my neck stood up and from then on I fell in love with it, or should I see She!? Since then all the pictures and paintings in my house are of the Eiffel Tower, many statues adore my shells and a large collection of books about it are found on my shells as well. I even have a duvet cover with it on! Maybe I’m Gustav Eiffel re-incarnated? I’ve seen the Eiffel Tower most years and it still takes my breath away when I see her again from the top of the Trucadoro. I refuse to go up it as for me I feel looking at her from afar is enough to behold.

  3. Would you believe it, that we have been to Paris twice and not ? been up the Eiffel Tower? We have taken this vow to climb to the first platform and then from there to take the elevantor. However the first time we were there, they closed the stairs at z6 p.m. and the queue for the elevator was far too long to wait! The second time we went, it rained 🙁

    Gives usa third reason to go to Paris 🙂
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  4. Thank you for sharing. Eiffel Tower is the ultimate architecture.

  5. Harine /

    Hi Michael,

    We are planning to visit Paris & Switzerland this May. I have been looking out for travel tips in Paris. We are spending 2 full days in Disneyland & 3 and a half days in Paris for sight seeing, Can you give me tips.

    I too blog about my travel experiences.

    • Michael
      Michael Wright /

      In Paris I’d give yourself at least a day of just walking around the city and enjoying the beautiful buildings/churches/statues. It’s a big city, but there is a good subway system to get you from place to place.

      Seeing the Eiffel tower (and/or going up it) is fun (you can also do the same at the Arc de Triomphe).

      If you like museums then don’t miss the Louvre. It gets very crowded, so best to get there early or late in the day. The Louvre building itself is spectacular and worth seeing even if you don’t go into the museum itself.

      Lovelock bridge is pretty cool (real name is Pont de l’Archeveche) and it’s right next to Notre Dame.

      Take a walk through Saint Germain. A beautiful area with cobblestone roads, cafes and beautiful buildings.

      Also make sure you visit a french cafe. You won’t be disappointed!

      I hope the suggestions help 🙂
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  6. Monika /

    Hey there, thanks for reminding my amazing experience. But I have some bad experience too about the Eiffel Tower. It can be tiring for any traveler, it’s really hard to wait in line for hours, especially for kids!

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