Originally built to impress visitors to the 1889 Universal Exhibition, the Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) was meant to be a temporary addition to the Paris skyline. Designed by the engineer Gustave Eiffel, it was fiercely decried by 19th-century aesthetes. The author Guy de Maupassant lunched there to avoid seeing it. The world’s tallest building until 1931, when New York’s Empire State Building was completed, the tower is now the symbol of Paris. Freshly painted every 7 years, with a light show that plays every night on the hour, the Tour Eiffel has never looked better.
- Champ de Mars.
- Tel 08 92 70 12 39
- Metro station Bir Hakeim.
- Bus route 42, 69, 72, 82, 87 to Champ de Mars.
- Regional railway station Champ de Mars.
- Batobus boarding point Tour Eiffel.
- Parking on site.
- Open Sep–mid-Jun: 9.30am–11.45pm daily (6.30pm for stairs); mid-Jun–Aug: 9am–0.45am (last adm 45 mins before, last lift to top 1 hr 15 mins before).
- Admission charge
- Wheelchair access limited.
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