See the Eiffel Tower
(La Tour Eiffel)
The Eiffel Tower is Paris’ most iconic symbol and a must-see Paris attraction for any visitor to France. Locally known as La Tour Eiffel, an engineer by the name of Gustave Eiffel built this impressive 324-meter monument for the 1889 World’s Fair to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. The Eiffel Tower took two years, two months and five days to build, and it was never intended to be a permanent structure. Back in 1909 the Eiffel Tower was actually repurposed as a radio antenna, and the military used it to intercept enemy messages during World War I.
Today, the Eiffel Tower is visited by nearly seven million people each year. At night, it’s illuminated by 20,000 light bulbs, 5,000 on each side, that glow for five minutes every hour after dark. Over the years, daredevils have staged parachuting and bungee jumping stunts to defy gravity, including Franz Reichelt who met his demise in 1912.
The Eiffel Tower’s first floor has a new glass floor that extends 57 meters from the ground, and the second floor offers aspiring photographers even more stunning 360-degree views of the city. For a romantic Eiffel tower visit, take an evening tour and sip a cocktail at the champagne bar on the top floor. For a more casual daytime experience, make a lunch reservation at the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant.
You can reach the Eiffel Tower by train, bus, boat, bike, and car. But for the most authentic Parisian experience, choose a walking route that takes you on a journey through the picturesque city streets or along the peacefully-flowing Seine, like on our French Revolution Tour.
We are pleased to offer skip-the-line access to the Eiffel Tower where you can experience an amazing ascent, spectacular panoramic views, and an unforgettable experience from the second level or from the top level. We offer several skip the line guided tours to the Eiffel Tower. Our Skip the Line – Eiffel Tower Tour includes a charming guide to share fascinating information for a 2-hour tour. This tour is offered at multiple times throughout the day; morning, afternoon, sunset, or when Paris is illuminated at night.