Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Designed and constructed for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (that's the World Fair to us), the Eiffel Tower was almost universally hated by the French. But it managed to skirt demolition talks and has since become one of Paris' most well-known symbols. Gaze up at the Tour Eiffel during a twilight picnic on the Parc du Champs de Mars, or enjoy a Parisian panorama by walking or taking the elevator up to the top, where detailed maps point to other notable attractions. While some recent visitors complain of long lines—especially during the summer—you can bypass the wait by booking your tickets online at the Eiffel Tower's website. And though you may cringe at the price you'll pay to get to the top, many agree that the views are worth it.
To catch a glimpse of Paris after hours, plan to take your tower trek at night when the Eiffel Tower illuminates the golden city below. Also, make sure to turn your attention to the tower every night on the hour, when thousands of flickering lightbulbs make the Eiffel Tower sparkle. According to one TripAdvisor user, "It also looks amazing at night when the lights come on."
You can reach Paris' most famous landmark from the Bir-Hakeim, Trocadéro, or Ecole Militaire métro stops.The Eiffel Tower is open every day of the year, from 9 a.m. to midnight from June 15 to September 1, and from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. the rest of the year. Admission prices vary depending on how high you wish to go and how you choose to get there (elevator or stairs). Most visitors choose to ride the elevator to the top, wich costs €14 EUR (about $18 USD) for adults, €12.50 EUR (roughly $16 USD) for visitors between the ages of 12 and 24, and €9.50 (approximately $12 USD) for children ages 4 to 11.