28 Aug Tips for Visiting the Eiffel Tower
Multiple blog posts urged Chloe and I to buy our tickets online before visiting the Eiffel Tower as it would save us time.
But lo and behold, all ticket spots were sold out while we were in Paris.
Is there a theme for our trip? Since the tickets were sold out, we did some research on the best time to visit the Eiffel Tower and how to cut down our waiting time.
We decided to go in the evening so we could watch the sunset, so we watched the weather forecast like a hawk – which day was going to have the least amount of cloud coverage?!
You can ascend the Tower by either walking or taking the elevator (lift) up to the top. Before arriving to the Eiffel Tower, we both agreed that we wanted to walk because a) it’s a great workout, b) it’s totally doable, and c) it is cheaper. And the biggest reason: the lines for the stairs are significantly shorter than those for the elevators.
However, you can only walk so far.
Visitors can only walk up to the second level. From there, you must purchase separate tickets to take the elevator all the way up to the top. This was a little confusing for us, and there are so many people on the second level that it is difficult to determine where to buy the remaining tickets. We stood in the wrong line for about ten minutes before realizing our error and finally found an employee that pointed us in the right direction. The second level is split into two floors (I know, it sounds confusing) but the ticket office for the last jaunt to the top is located on the first floor of the second level.
It’s totally worth it.
Go all the way to the top! We heard that some people stop at the second floor. I have no idea why – you made it that far, you might as well wait in line to head to the top. Viewing the sunset from the top of the city is magical. The colors change over Paris, and you have the most perfect, breathtaking view.
Aggressive vendors surround the Eiffel Tower selling flowers, trinkets, pictures, and more. In fact, I was hit on the head with a bouquet of flowers when I refused to buy a rose. The aggressive sellers did stop us from returning to the Eiffel Tower.
Do not go in the middle of the day. However, regardless of what time you are going to go, you will have to wait in line. Early in the day or later in the evening appeared (to us) to be the best time to visit.
The Eiffel Tower puts on a light show on the hour, every hour for five minutes when it’s dark outside! It was awesome to be on the Tower when the light show came on, as well as to walk a little aways from it and view it up and close. Our Airbnb had a small balcony which gave us a perfect view of the light show, so we were able to enjoy it every night.
Visiting the Eiffel Tower is a magical experience. Don’t miss out and the lines are worth it!
Visit the official webpage here for more information.
happy stair climbing,