5 tips every tourist should know before visiting the Eiffel Tower
If you want to fully enjoy the city of Paris, time saving is essential! To visit the Eiffel Tower is obviously one of your priorities while in Paris, so here are 5 tips every tourist should know before visiting the Eiffel Tower!
In this article, you will be provided five useful tips to make sure you enjoy the most of this iconic Parisian landmark. You will get to know the best way to skip the line, to avoid long waiting lines because these can last up to two hours, which means you would be losing some valuable time queueing when you could be enjoying the city.
Two years, two months and five days were needed to build the Parisian “Iron Lady”. It was inaugurated on March, 31st of 1889 for the 1889 World Fair. It was supposedly meant to be demolished twenty years after its construction. But Gustave Eiffel managed to keep it standing, giving it a new purpose. If you want to know more about this story, you can also read this article. But for now, let’s go back to what you came for. Read on and find out 5 tips every tourist should know before visiting the Eiffel Tower! Enjoy!
Book your tickets in advance
The tourists that come to visit the Eiffel Tower without a prebooked ticket are likely to spend a lot of time in the waiting line. The waiting time to get in can last up to two hours, and it can get worse in the summer, the weekends and during the holidays.
It would be silly not to take advantage of the online reservation booking service. Note that you should book way ahead of time if you’re coming during peak seasons, because there’s still a risk of selling out.
If you want to go to the top of the tower, you will have to pick the “Lift entrance ticket with access to the summit”. For adults, it will cost 25 euros. For youngsters aged between 12 and 24 years old, it will cost 12.5 euros and 6.30 euros for children aged between 4 and 11 years old and for disabled people. The other ticket option only gives you access to the second floor.
After picking the ticket that interests you, you will have to choose a time. You need to know that you have to be timely. If you get there later than the scheduled time, the access to the tower might be denied, so you really need to be on time.
Always keep an eye on your belongings
Landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, are the “perfect” place for thieves, because the place is crowded and in the midst of the turmoil, it’s easy for thieves to do their tricks and slip their hands in your pockets and bags.
You need to be aware and always keep an eye on your belongings. For instance, if you’re wearing a backpack; instead of wearing it in your back, wear it in your front, against your chest. Also, keep your pockets empty. Your valuables have to out of reach at all times, especially at Parisian landmarks, like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame or the Louvre Museum.
Save some time by taking the stairs
No matter what you do, you will eventually have to queue. If it’s not at the ticket entrance line, it will be at the elevator line. Can you imagine the quantity of tourists that visit the Eiffel Tower every day? Most of them rather take the lift.
Everyone has to take the elevator from the second floor to the top. It’s imperative. But walking down the stairs from the second floor to the groundfloor is actually an enjoyable experience. You will avoid waiting for too long to take the elevator, you will get to have a look at the tower’s engineering and it’s much faster than the elevator. You will save some precious time and get to head to the other Parisian landmarks.
Have lunch or dinner at the Eiffel Tower to skip the line
If you want to skip the line, there’s another solution. You can make a reservation in one of the two restaurants that are located on the first and second floor of the Eiffel Tower.
On the first floor, you will find the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant. It is a little less formal, compared to the other one. There you can have a chic picnic for about 43 euros. If you rather have a fancy dinner, go to the Jules Verne restaurant. Located on the second floor, this one is a bit classier but more expensive.
Take your time to fully enjoy the tower
While visiting the tower, you will probably go to its summit. I highly recommend you to take your time and enjoy all the highlights of the Eiffel Tower. On the second floor, you will get to enjoy an incredible view over the city of Paris. On the first floor, there’s a see-through floor, plenty of activities and exhibitions that will allow you to learn more about the history of the tower while having fun. This floor is very entertaining for both adults and children.
Now that I’ve given you 5 tips every tourist should know before visiting the Eiffel Tower, I hope you will thoroughly enjoy your visit! If you follow my advices, book your tickets in advance and avoid peak times, you will love your time at the Eiffel Tower! I also hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article and that it has been helpful! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further information about anything! At Discover Walks, we always want to make sure you enjoy the most out of the city of Paris, so feel free to talk to us if you have any doubts! See you soon in Paris!