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Paris attraction #1 – Eiffel tower

More than seven million people visit the Eiffel Tower each year, making this monument one of the most visited places worldwide among tourists. You have so many ways to discover the Iron Lady: from climbing the stairs during the day to taking the elevator at night. The Eiffel tower is a unique landmark in Paris and you will be able to see its 324m from almost everywhere around Paris.

Visit the Eiffel Tower

Elevators are located the North, West and East pillars to the tower’s three platforms. You can change lifts on the 2nd level for the final ascent to the top (3rd floor), from where views extend to more than 50km. There’s a wheelchair access to the 1st and 2nd levels. Alternatively you can go to the South pillar to climb the 1665 stairs to the 2nd level.

You should book your tickets in advance online to avoid long ticket queues (30 minutes in low season, to 3 hours in busy season). There are refreshments and lunch options in the Eiffel Tower: 1st-level 58 Tour Eiffel, or New Bar à Champagne (3rd floor). If you want a luxury restaurant, you can go to the 2nd-level Le Jules Verne, a 3-star Michelin guide restaurant (~400€ / person for a full dinner with wine, only with reservation well in advance).

Within the Eiffel tower

From any of the 2 platforms, you will get an astonishing 360° view over Paris: Montmartre hills in the North, La Défense towers (business district) in the West, very close Trocadero and Champs de Mars, the Seine River, Notre Dame cathedral… Try to recognize most of the monuments you will visit or already have visited. As for the structure itself, the platforms, elevators and stairs offer ideal views for seeing the iron components that constitute the structure.

Who should visit the Eiffel tower?

From kids to grand-parents, everyone can and should climb the tower at least once! If you are a newcomer to Paris and are staying more than 2 days, you should definitely visit the Eiffel Tower. This is a unique experience, and even if it sounds classic you can not go to Paris without climbing the Eiffel Tower at least once in your lifetime. If you come to Paris only once in your life, do not miss this opportunity. Even if you are coming for a very short stay (1 or 2 days), take this opportunity to visit it.

Eiffel tower’s history

No one could imagine Paris today without its signature spire. Gustave Eiffel constructed the tower in 1889 for the World’s Fair. The tower was not expected to be permanent but luckily, the tower’s popularity assured its survival beyond the fair. Its elegant art nouveau webbed-metal design has become the defining fixture of the city’s skyline.

The Eiffel Tower was in fact designed by Maurice Koechlin and Émile Noguier, two senior engineers working for the Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel. They discussed a suitable centre piece for the 1889 World’s Fair to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. Gustave Eiffel openly acknowledged that inspiration for the tower came from the Latting Observatory built in New York City in 1853.

More info on the history of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

How to visit the Eiffel Tower?

There are several options for visiting the Eiffel Tower:

1

Just go and wait in line (17€ / person)

You can purchase your ticket on site. We do not recommend this option as lines can be from 30 minutes (low season) to 3 hours in peak season (June to October).

2

Buy in advance on the Eiffel Tower website (17€ / person)

Purchase your tickets in advance on the official website of the Eiffel Tower (17€ / person). Beware that tickets are distributed on the website 3 months in advance exactly and are often sold out in just a few minutes.

Access the Eiffel tower website here

3

Small group guided-tour (29€ / person) – our Pick!

There are two guided tours that offer skip-the-line tickets. These tours are very interesting and you will learn a lot about the history of the construction. You will also get behind the scenes insights of the tower. We recommend these tours as the best alternative way to visit the Eiffel tower. Purchase at least 3-4 weeks in advance to avoid limited availability.

Read our review of behind the scenes visit of the Eiffel Tower and click on the link to book your Eiffel tower behind the scene visit (29€ / person).

Read our review of The Eiffel Tower Romance / A backstage pass to the Eiffel Tower visit (29€ / person) and click on the link to book your Eiffel tower theatrical guided-tour.

4

 Last minute websites (+/- 50€ /person)

On last minute touristic websites, you have a good chance of finding offers of guided tour with skip the line tickets, for a last-minute price (+/- 50€ /person). It is more expensive than other alternatives, but if you are too late to purchase your tickets in advance, that may be the only option left for avoiding the line.

See below our selection of last-minute booking to visit the Eiffel Tower with skip-the-line tickets:


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Normandy, Caen, Castle, France, Daytrip, Student Tours to France

Normandy day trip from Paris – what to experience?

Between Paris, and the English Channel you will find the region of Normandy. You can choose to visit some of the area’s highlights on a day trip from Paris – but what to experience? We want to complete a little guide for you, for inspiration to your Normandy day trip tour from Paris!

One of Normandy’s premier sights (as in, you cannot miss, it is truly breaktaking!) is the tidal island of Mont Saint-Michel. Mont Saint-Michel is connected to the coastline, via a causeway.

You also have to experience the charming town of Honfleur, with its unique wooden church and jumble of houses surrounding a peaceful harbor, was passed back and forth between the English and the French in the Middle Ages. This you have to explore, when taking your Normandy trip from Paris!

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The gorgeous seaside town of Honfleur in Normandy, France

 

Normandy’s beaches also are remembered in history, also called the D-Day beaches, where the tides of the Channel brought Allied troops to the European mainland on D-Day, and the tide of history turned against tyranny. Note that, with ParisByM, you are able to enjoy a full day excursion from Paris to the D-Day Beaches in Normandy in the company of an official guide, who will bring these historic sites to life.

On June 6, 1944, known as D-Day, the Allies opened a new European front against the troops of the Third Reich during the Second World War. It was the largest military operation in history, which marked the beginning of the Battle of Normandy and would lead to the end of the Second World War. More than 150,000 soldiers from America, Britain, Canada and many other nations landed by sea and air on a number of beaches along the Normandy coastline (Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Juno Beach, etc.) and at the steep cliffs at Pointe du Hoc. Do not miss on your Normandy trip from Paris.

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Normandy Caen Castle is amazingly beautiful.

However, Normandy has much more to offer than just the coastline itself. The regional capital Rouen is a lively center with rich historical and artistic associations. Joan of Arc met her fiery fate here, while the intricate, asymmetrical façade of the gothic Notre Dame cathedral was a favorite subject of Claude Monet. The Impressionist painter also made much of a scene closer to home, his exquisite garden at Giverny.

Monet, Garden, France, Normandy, Giverny

Monet’s Garden – Giverny, France

Here you can still see the graceful willows and serene water-lilies which filled his enormous late canvasses, among the world’s best-loved works of art.

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Cliffs of Etretat, Normandy, France; photo by Jarrod Castaing

If this awakened your wanderlust, and wish to take a day trip to Normandy from Paris, do not hesitate to contact ParisByM! We will strive to share our best tips for your budget, needs and wants, and hereby also share our extended knowledge about the highlights of Normandy, that you always dreamed of exploring… You can directly book a last-minute on ParisByM (hence, very beneficial) package, to a one day tour, with the best air-conditioned guide, with direct departure from Paris.