Information about the Eiffel Tower

Yes, the Eiffel Tower is open year-round and you can visit the tower and enjoy the view of Paris from above.

The opening hours vary depending on the time of year: during summer, the tower is open for longer hours compared to the winter period.

However, queues at the entrance can be found throughout the year, so it is advisable to book your tickets in advance to save time and ensure your visit.

The best time to visit the Eiffel Tower depends on the weather and personal preferences. During spring and autumn, there is less crowd and a mild climate, and with some luck, you might find a day with few clouds. In summer, the days are sunny and longer, but it is also the period with the highest influx of visitors.

There are three observation levels on the Eiffel Tower. The first level can be reached by elevator or stairs and takes about 5-10 minutes.
The second level can be reached by elevator or stairs and takes about 30-45 minutes.
The top of the Eiffel Tower can only be reached by elevator and takes about 1-2 hours depending on the queue.

After booking your ticket in advance to avoid queues at the entrance, you will need to go through security checks and you'll be ready to start your visit.

You can choose to climb the stairs or take the elevator to reach the different levels of the Tower. The top level can only be reached by elevator, while the first two levels are easily accessible on foot.

On the first and second levels, you'll find restaurants, gift shops, and viewpoints where you can admire the city. On the third level, you'll enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Paris.

It is possible to have lunch or dinner at two restaurants inside the Eiffel Tower: 58 Tour Eiffel, located on the first level, and the prestigious Jules Vernes on the second level, managed by the renowned chef Alain Ducasse.
Prices start from a minimum of €50 at the first level restaurant and €100 or more at the Jules Vernes restaurant.
The view of Paris and the cuisine prepared by the chefs are definitely worth the price of the menus.

The construction of the Eiffel Tower was privately financed by Gustave Eiffel and his partners without any public funds. It required significant financial investment, estimated at around 7.8 million French francs at that time.

Contracts were also signed with various companies that used the tower for commercial purposes, such as installing antennas for communication.

The incredible number of visitors who access the Tower every year, the commercial activities inside it, and promotional initiatives have more than repaid the initial investment over time.

The Eiffel Tower has a height of 324 meters, including the antenna at the top. For about 40 years, it remained the tallest monument in the world.
It consists of 4 floors, and the top floor, located at a height of 279 meters, corresponds to the highest publicly accessible observation platform in Europe.

The Eiffel Tower was designed by the French engineer Gustave Eiffel and constructed in two years, from 1887 to 1889, as the main attraction of the 1889 Paris Universal Exposition.

It quickly became an icon of the city of Paris and a symbol of modern technology.

Near the Eiffel Tower, there are numerous tourist attractions that make your vacation in Paris more interesting.

At the foot of the tower, you'll find the Parc du Champ de Mars, a large green park where you can relax, take a walk, and have a picnic.

Within a short distance is the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, dedicated to art and world cultures. On the other side of the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower, you'll find the Musée d'Orsay.

Near the Eiffel Tower, you'll also find the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte within the architectural complex of the Hôtel des Invalides.

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