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Standing at 323 metres tall, beside the River Seine in the Champ de Mars park, the Eiffel Tower is the most iconic symbol of The City of Light. Drawing more than 7 million visitors per year, the tower boasts two restaurants, including the second floor's famous Le Jules Verne, as well as viewing platforms where you can look out over the city.
Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the tower was completed in 1889 ahead of the World's Fair. Designed as a temporary structure, it was almost demolished soon after – until experiments showed that radio transmissions could be made from its apex.
You'll have to buy entry tickets to make your way up the tower. The cost of these varies depending on the level you want to reach and how you want to get there. If you’re feeling fit, you can walk 300 steps to the first floor, another 400 to the second floor, or take a lift. On the first floor there are informative displays, a cinema that shows films about the tower's history, and various artworks inspired by this famous landmark. On the second floor, there are further displays, souvenir shops, and a vision well, from which you can see all the way down to the ground immediately beneath you.
The observation area on the top floor can only be reached by lift. From here, you can enjoy some of the best panoramic views of the city and the wider region from 275 metres in the air. There’s also a Champagne Bar where visitors can enjoy a glass of something sparkling if they fancy.
The tower is open every day, except when weather conditions are treacherous; opening hours are extended in the summer. During peak seasons, you may find some floors closed for brief periods owing to congestion. Queues can be long so you’ll need to allow at least three hours for your visit. Even if you choose not to make the climb, you shouldn’t miss the light show that begins at nightfall, in which you can admire 20,000 flashing bulbs illuminating the tower.
You can easily reach the Eiffel Tower on public transport including by bus, metro and train. The surrounding area is crowded, so parking spaces are likely to be hard to find.
You could easily spend an entire morning at Eiffel Tower. The list below contains a selection of the things you can do here:
For even more activities, check out our Paris things to do page.
Located in 15th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars. Palais de Chaillot and Rue Cler are also within 15 minutes. Paris Champs de Mars-Eiffel Tower Station is only a 4-minute walk and Bir-Hakeim Station is 6 minutes.
Located in 15th Arrondissement, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. Paris Expo Porte de Versailles and Louvre Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km). Paris Champs de Mars-Eiffel Tower Station is only a 3-minute walk and Bir-Hakeim Station is 6 minutes.
This family-friendly Paris palace is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Palais de Chaillot, Eiffel Tower and Place du Trocadero. Champ de Mars and Champs-Elysees are also within 15 minutes. Iena Station is only a 2-minute walk and Boissiere Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Paris City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue Cler, Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower. Les Invalides and Avenue Montaigne are also within 15 minutes. Ecole Militaire Station is 7 minutes by foot and La Tour-Maubourg Station is 8 minutes.
Located in 17th Arrondissement, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palais des Congres de Paris, Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. Luis Vuitton Foundation Museum and Grand Palais are also within 3 mi (5 km). Paris Neuilly-Porte-Maillot Station is only a 4-minute walk and Porte Maillot Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Paris City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue Cler and Les Invalides. Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower are also within 15 minutes. Ecole Militaire Station is only a 4-minute walk and La Tour-Maubourg Station is 6 minutes.
Located near the slopes, this 7th Arrondissement aparthotel is situated in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars and Palais de Chaillot. Rue Cler and Rue du Commerce are also within 15 minutes. Paris Champs de Mars-Eiffel Tower Station is 6 minutes by foot and Bir-Hakeim Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Paris City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rue Cler, Les Invalides and UNESCO Headquarters. Rodin Museum and Champ de Mars are also within 15 minutes. Ecole Militaire Station is only a 2-minute walk and La Tour-Maubourg Station is 7 minutes.