Here are five amazing things you can do around the Eiffel Tower
1.) Have a nice picnic at the Champ De Mars
As summer comes, start to enjoy a true Parisian lifestyle! As any Parisian, go to the Champ de Mars with your friends or family at sunset and enjoy fresh drinks and homemade French food. A wonderful experience you will always remember.
2.) Enjoy the beautiful view from the Trocadero Plaza
Go up the stairs, walk a few meters to the center of the plaza and then turn round. You are now in front of the Eiffel Tower, you can see the entire champ de Mars and at night, it is the best place to enjoy the lights of the tower.
3.) Visit the Invalides and the grave of Napoleon I
All soldiers of the Empire who died at war are buried here. The dome is magnificent and as golden as the grave of Napoleon I, one of the most famous Emperors of the XIX century.
4.) Have a drink in the garden of the Musee Du Quai Branly
This place is very calm and pleasant. The eclectic mix between both nature and the very modern architecture of the museum makes this garden unique. The café is located just at the center of this special space so that you can take a break while you’re visiting the museum.
5.) Have lunch on the Eiffel Tower
If you go to the Eiffel Tower early in the morning, you won’t have to queue up that much. But if somehow you come later, at least have lunch on the first floor to compensate the waiting, and to enjoy the magnificent view.
- Avoid the gypsies and the sellers… There will be too much charge from the second ones and annoyance by the first ones!
- Go back to the Eiffel Tower at night. The lighting is amazing.
- If you’re scared of queuing up for too long, you can always take the stairs and keep fit as a true Parisian…
Facts about the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 for the Universal Exposition and was set in Paris by Gustave Eiffel. It was built in less than three years and was originally 312 meters high. Hence, it has been the highest building in the world for 41 years! When it was built, it was quite controversial because many Parisians did like neither the shape nor the location. But during the exposition, it became the emblem of France’s technical skills and engineering.
Therefore, locals started appreciating it as a sign of power and of the great international reputation of the country.
Since then, and especially during the second half of the XX century, it has attracted many visitors from all over the world: more than 200 million so far! The Eiffel Tower is not only one of the most visited French touristic attractions; it is also the most visited site -with an entrance fee- in the entire world.
The Eiffel Tower is not only a touristic cliché. For any Parisian, it is THE landmark, the one that reminds you that you are home, the one that lets you know where you are, no matter what district you are in. When night comes, Parisians love to hang out around the Eiffel Tower, whether on the Champ de Mars or on the place du Trocadéro so as to see it shine when the bells ring 10 am, 11 am or 12 pm. At that moment it really is a magnificent monument, and it illuminates the whole city.Paul
How to get there
Station Bir-Hakeim (line 6) and station Trocadéro (line 9)
Station Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel
Lines: 82, 42, 87, 69
- 13 million visitors a year 99%
- Incredibly detailed 80%
- Contains hidden mysteries 70%
Every day and every night, from 9:30 am to 11:00 pm and from 9:00 am to 00:00 am during Summer
1.) Discover unknown civilizations in the Musée du Quai Branly:
This newly opened museum will definitely impress you! It is so original you sometimes won’t believe your eyes. It is dedicated to ancient civilizations of Oceania, Africa and Asia. You will be able to travel around the world and back in time while enjoying this wonderful space.
2.) Take a walk around the neighborhood and discover embassies and ministries:
The 7th borough is the center of the political power in Paris! There you will encounter embassies, ministries, and the National Assembly which is more or less the French House of Representatives.
3.) Visit the city of architecture on the Trocadero plaza:
There you will discover what French cities look like, what French architects are building around the world at the moment, and become even more aware than a Parisian of what is going to be done in the city during the upcoming years.
Why it’s worth visiting
- Because this is the true Parisian cliché, the must-see you just cannot miss because of its height and because of its appeal.
- Do not miss the view from the last floor. When there are no clouds, this view is simply breathtaking.
- Because of the district. As it is both posh and pleasant, you will have the opportunity to rest on the Champs de Mars and to enjoy The Trocadéro with its stairs and its amazing view.