Did you know that you can actually climb the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower? In this article, I will explain the tourist information around the Eiffel Tower, how to climb the Eiffel Tower, and how to make a reservation.
Even if you don’t have time to climb the Eiffel Tower, there are photo spots nearby for you to take a souvenir photo.
If you are thinking of visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris, please take a look at this article.
- I definitely want to go! Three must-see places around the Eiffel Tower
- Impressed by the panoramic view of Paris! I climbed the Eiffel Tower!
- To climb the Eiffel Tower, go early in the morning or make a reservation
- Every hour after sunset, at 00 minutes, the Eiffel Tower will start shining!
- Two things to keep in mind when visiting the Eiffel Tower
- Summary: The closer you get to the Eiffel Tower, the more beautiful it is
I definitely want to go! Three must-see places around the Eiffel Tower
1. The “Observatory” of the Eiffel Tower where you can see all of Paris
The Eiffel Tower is visible from every corner of Paris. The Eiffel Tower has an observation deck from which you can see all of Paris.
There is no other building in Paris as tall as the Eiffel Tower, so you can really see far into the distance. I was also surprised when I climbed to the top of the observation deck…!
The three observation decks on the Eiffel Tower
The second and third observation decks are the main ones.
・First Observation Deck 57.6m
・Second observation deck 115.7m
・Third Observatory 276.1m
The second observation deck can be reached by stairs, and the third observation deck can be reached only by elevator.
Of course, you can take the elevator up to the second observation deck as well.
If you go up to the third observation deck, you can see the whole city of Paris from a really far distance.
Basic information about the Eiffel Tower
・Second floor lift ticket: €16/child €4
・Lift ticket to the 3rd floor: €25/child €6
・Stairs to the 2nd floor: €10/child €2
・Stairs + lift ticket up to 3 times €19/child €4
If you take the elevator to the top observation deck, it costs €25.
・Hours of operation.
High season (6/21 – 9/2) 09:00 – 00:45
Regular season (9/3 – 6/20) 09:30 – 23:45
※Last access is at 18:00 for the stairs.
You can check the opening hours on the following page. Please check before you go.
Prices & Opening Hours｜Eiffel Tower
・How to get there.
There are three nearest stations. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. From each station to the Eiffel Tower, you don’t have to worry about getting lost because signs for accessing the Eiffel Tower are posted in detail.
Trocadero station (line 9) (15 minutes walk)
Villaquem station on line 6 (10 minutes walk)
Ecole Militaire station on line 8 (15 minutes walk)
If you are unsure, please refer to the following website.
Access Map: How to get to the Eiffel Tower – Tour Eiffel
2. “Palais de Chaillot” is the best photo spot of the Eiffel Tower
I want to take a beautiful picture with the Eiffel Tower in the background! If you want to take a beautiful photo with the Eiffel Tower in the background, you should go to Palais de Chaillot.
Palais de Chaillot is the best place to see the Eiffel Tower. We took a lot of pictures there too.
Although you can’t see the Eiffel Tower as closely as you can in Chandemars Park, the view from Palais de Chaillot is outstanding. I really love this place, and I think I could spend hours looking at the Eiffel Tower from here.
A crowded place during the day. If you arrive before 9:00am when the Eiffel Tower opens in the morning, you can take pictures at your leisure.
We went around in the following order: Palais de Chaillot, Eiffel Tower Observation Deck, and Parc des Chandemars.
・It’s easier to take pictures if you go before 9:00 in the morning.
・Wear bright clothes.
・If you have macaroons, flowers, hats, etc., it is easier to take pictures with the Eiffel Tower.
It takes about 10 minutes to walk there from the Eiffel Tower.
3.The Parc du Champ de Mars, located under the Eiffel Tower.
If you don’t have time to climb the Eiffel Tower, you can still come close to it. There is a park under the Eiffel Tower called Chandomarus Park, where many people take pictures of the Eiffel Tower.
I recommend this place where you can see the Eiffel Tower up close and also relax on the grass.
Impressed by the panoramic view of Paris! I climbed the Eiffel Tower!
There is a system to reserve the elevator of the Eiffel Tower, but we didn’t do so.
We decided to go early in the morning to take advantage of the nice weather during our stay. Here’s how the day went! On the day we went, the restaurant opened at 9:30.
9:13 First, we went through the security check
To enter the grounds of the Eiffel Tower, you must first pass through a security check.
When we came here during the daytime, there was a long line for the security check… But if you come early in the morning, it’s totally empty! We were able to pass through without much of a line.
9:20 a.m. Line up in the morning for tickets
Once we were inside the Eiffel Tower, we got in line to buy our tickets. At this time, there were already about 20 people in line, but it was much better than the 2-3 hour line during the day, lol.
9:35 Buy tickets
We lined up for about 15 minutes and successfully changed our tickets.
The ticket has a glittering Eiffel Tower on it. Cute…!
9:42 Take the elevator to the second observation deck
After we bought our tickets, we were able to get on the elevator with almost no line.
Now it’s time to climb up the Eiffel Tower!
9:55 Arrive at the second observation deck
We arrived at the second observation deck. You can see the whole city of Paris!
Even people going to the third observation deck at the top get off at the second observation deck once.
This was a fun observation deck with a small cafe and souvenir shop.
10:30 Finally to the third observation deck at the top
After taking a rest at the second observatory, we finally climbed up to the third observatory at the top!
We’re looking forward to seeing what kind of scenery awaits us as we ascend from the second observation deck.
10:34 Arrive at the third observation deck
The view from the third observatory was really beautiful. It is much higher than the second observation deck, so you can see farther.
They often say that you can’t see the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower, but we found the Eiffel Tower!
We could see the Eiffel Tower in the shadows!
It was very cold and windy at the observatory… I wanted to look at the beautiful view, but I was too cold, so if you are going to go there in the future, please make sure you are prepared for the cold.
11:05 Enjoying the observatory and going down
We enjoyed the view from the Eiffel Tower and went down to the ground. It took us about an hour and a half to slowly climb up, but if you look around quickly, you can be back on the ground in less than an hour.
You don’t stay at the top of Tokyo Tower or Sky Tree for that long, do you? If you go quickly like that, it won’t take you long.
Please wake up early in the morning and try to climb the Eiffel Tower!
To climb the Eiffel Tower, go early in the morning or make a reservation
The Eiffel Tower gets very crowded
There is usually a line for hours to climb the Eiffel Tower. Therefore, it is best to go early in the morning or make a reservation.
Personally, I would recommend going early in the morning. When I say early in the morning, I mean just a little before the elevators start operating at 9:00 a.m. You will be fine.
If you have made a reservation, it cannot be changed even if the weather is rainy or stormy that day. So if you have a nice day during your stay, I would recommend heading to the Eiffel Tower right away in the morning.
We arrived at the Eiffel Tower around 8:30am, and there was barely a line!
How to reserve an elevator for the Eiffel Tower
If you want to go up at an unexpected time in the morning, or if you feel more comfortable making a reservation, you can do so in Japan.
You can make a reservation up to three months in advance, so if you have a specific date in mind, it’s a good idea to book early.
Access the Eiffel Tower website
First of all, please access the following website. This is the official website of the Eiffel Tower.
Select ticket type and date.
Select the ticket type as “Summit (top floor)” or “2nd floor”.
Select the date and the number of tickets.
If you are an adult, please select the number of people from the right side of “Adulte”. When you have selected all, press “confirm”.
Select a time
The next step is to select the time. After selecting the time, the screen will change to show the settings you have selected so far, so make sure they are correct.
There will be a “I am not a robot” sign, check it and press “checkout”.
I have had a few problems with the display here, and have been unable to buy anything.0
※If you have the same problem, close the tab and try several times, and you will be able to buy.
How to receive tickets and register your personal information
Please select “Electronic Ticket” to receive your ticket.
If you have registered in the past, please log in. If you are registering for the first time, please fill in the fields at the bottom of the screen. If this is your first time to register,
・Password for confirmation
・Confirm e-mail address
Enter your credit card information
Enter the following information.
・Type of credit card (Visa, etc.)
・Credit card number
After that, scroll down to the end of the terms and conditions, and you will see a check box for agreement. The completion screen will appear and you can confirm your ticket. Print it out and bring it with you on the day of the event.
Every hour after sunset, at 00 minutes, the Eiffel Tower will start shining!
The Eiffel Tower is beautiful during the day, but there is one thing you must see at night.
It is the “Champagne Flash”. After sunset, the Eiffel Tower sparkles and shines for five minutes every hour from 00:00.
For example, between 22:00 and 22:05.
In the summer, the first champagne flash is at 10:00 p.m., a little later than usual because the sun sets after 9:00 p.m., but it is very beautiful and a must-see when you are in Paris.
Two things to keep in mind when visiting the Eiffel Tower
Caveat 1: Protect yourself from the cold when climbing
The observation deck of the Eiffel Tower is not an indoor space. The wind blows very strongly, so please make sure you are prepared for the cold.
If you are cold, you will not be able to enjoy the view.
Caveat 2: If you are going to line up during the day, be prepared to wait 3 hours
If you are going to the Eiffel Tower during the daytime without a reservation, be prepared to wait in line for more than 3 hours.
The security check alone is quite a long queue, and the ticket purchase afterwards also takes a long time.
Summary: The closer you get to the Eiffel Tower, the more beautiful it is
When you see the Eiffel Tower up close, you will be amazed at how detailed the decorations are.
The Eiffel Tower is beautiful from afar, but if you are visiting Paris, be sure to take a closer look.
I’m sure you will rediscover the charm of the Eiffel Tower.
Have a nice trip!
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