The Eiffel Tower. The real beacon of Paris, the landmark of the city of lights, the true iron lady of France’s capital! Built in 1888 by architect Gustave Eiffel, it stands since the Paris World Exhibition in 1889. But once you are face to face with the iconic monument of Paris, how to explore and discover it? Here, just for you, we explain things to do around the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
1) Climb the stairs and learn its history
Of course, you can climb the 1,700 steps as far as the third floor! Wander around the centre of the Tower’s metallic structure at your own pace and slowly contemplate the fantastic iron work.
A thing to do in the Eiffel Tower, would be of course a guided tour to learn everything about the most famous monument of Paris.
Otherwise, you can finish in the first floor an overview of its history through fifty illustrations of its evolution, photographs, engravings, drawings, films and interactive systems. You don’t want to miss the panoramic view from the second floor, with all Paris at your feet. From the Right Bank to the Left Bank, the Eiffel Tower offers you the most unique vista on the major landmarks of the city of lights.
2) Enjoy the Eiffel tower at night
Some says the best time to visit the Eiffel Tower is in at night, when you can appreciate a more calm atmosphere as well as the incredible illuminations. After sunset, the Tower sparkles with thousands lights and his open until 11 pm.
3) A Fancy night on the Eiffel tower?
Want to feel very chic? Enjoy a glass of champagne at the top! Nestling into the very structure of the Tower, the bar offers you a choice of a glass of either rosé or white champagne, served as chilled as you like. The bar is open until 10 pm and serves drinks for a cost between €12 and €21.
And finally, for the gourmet among you, the first floor offers a lunch high in the sky! The Tour Eiffel restaurant serves set meals starting at 17,50€ and Children’s menu at €8.
Address: Quai Branly, Trocadéro/Tour Eiffel, Paris, 75007
Phone: 08-92-70-12-39 €0.34 per min
Cost: By elevator: 1st and 2nd levels €9; top €15.
By stairs: 1st and 2nd levels only, €5
Hours: Mid-June-Sept., daily 9 am -12:45 am (11 pm for summit); rest of year, daily 9:30 am – 11:45 pm (10:30 pm for summit); stairs close at 6 pm in winter
Metro: Bir-Hakeim, Trocadéro, École Militaire; RER: Champ de Mars.
Location: Around the Eiffel Tower
4) Wine and cheese at the foot of the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel towers is surrounded by big lawns where Parisians loves to sit during spring and summer. Our favorite thing is to bring a French picnic : cheese, wine and a baguette. Just next to the Eiffel tower is one of the best street of Paris to buy food. It’s called rue cler, you will find there the best product Paris has to offer. Then just bring all of that to those lawns of le Champs de Mars and you’ll have the most Parisian evening ever.
5) Enjoy the Rodin Museum
The Rodin museum is one of the most celebrated sculpture museum of Europe. Rodin was one of the last master of classical sculpture of its time. And he revolutionized his art. He made some of the most famous sculpture ever. He work is full of feelings and I can assured you it is a quite moving experience to discover Rodin’s art for the first time.
The Rodin museum is in a walking distance of the Eiffel Tower about 15 minutes. it also has one of the most beautiful garden of Paris.
It is definitely a must-do around the Eiffel tower.
6) Have a boat cruise
The Eiffel tower is located just by the river, and that’s also where the Vedettes de Paris boat cruise are starting. Boat cruises are not a tourist trap, they are a touristic activity but you’ll definitely get what your money is worth. It’s an amazing way to look at Paris. To See Notre Dame, the Islands, the bridges and hundreds of other details that make you love Paris even more. Plus you get to be seated during the whole trip!