Okay. I’m a total sucker for views. (Not stats, I mean like citylines lol) I think my travel pal, Lauren, is getting fed up of me buzzing over the tallest building in every city we visit. I don’t know what it is, but it brings me pure joy to be able to look over an entire city and just watch the world go by.
When we visited Paris, we HAD to go up the Eiffel Tower. I had booked tickets to go up before when I went to Paris with Xavier last year, but the company pulled the tickets the day before we were supposed to go up so we lost out. Gutted didn’t cover it.
So this time, I booked through the official website (lesson learnt) and the tickets weren’t cancelled (hooray!).Because of the recent terror attacks the security is tight. In 2016, you could freely walk underneath the tower itself without a ticket. Now, the whole thing is cordoned off with strict security checks – totally understandable – just something to bear in mind because you will need to be there earlier than your allocated slot to get through security and all the queuing.
The next step is another queue (but the British are used to that, right?) before you go up in the lift to the first level of the Tower. Okay, the lift experience was so weird for us because it was super busy when we went, so the lift was kind of cramped. You aren’t in the lift for long though, and it’s quite cool because you get to see the mechanics and the inner architecture of the building as you go up:Our ticket meant that we went to the 2nd floor first, the caught an extra lift up to the summit. The 2nd floor is 115m up and the summit is 276m – both have awesome views. The first thing important of note is that is is bloody cold up there. You are exposed to the elements because you are so high up – I would advise you to wrap up! We went at the end of February and literally got brain freeze from the wind. There’s also a fair bit of standing still, i.e. queuing. We had to queue for a good 40 minutes to get a lift to the summit, because organisation was pants. Nonetheless, it was worth the faff once we got to the top.We were lucky enough to get a fantastic day, and although it had a little cloud cover the sun managed to shine through. With good weather, you can see for miles. The view is simply stunning, there’s no other way to describe it. We spent most of our time looking for key landmarks such as the Lourve, Arc de Troimphe and Sacre Coeur.
I’m sure we must have been up there for around 2 hours, if not more, because the view was so fascinating. Paris has so many iconic buildings, that you could spend hours looking for them all. To enhance your experience, you could download an Eiffel Tower app, which you can scan at different points during your visit for extra facts, photos and other fun bits. But to be honest, you are completely involved with looking at the buildings and taking photos of EVERYTHING.
It’s important to choose the time of your visit wisely, depending on what light you want to see the city in. We choose a 4pm slot to visit, because we wanted to see the sun beginning to set, and we were very lucky to witness awesome views like this one, later on in our visit:I had a fantastic time, in spite of the cold! My top tips would be:
- wrap up
- arrive about 20 minutes before you allocated time
- be prepared to queue for a little while for the summit
- bring sunglasses – even if it’s cloudy!
I would definitely recommend a visit to the Eiffel Tower to anyone who loves views and architecture. Yes, it’s a bit of a tourist hotspot, but it’s absolutely brilliant.
Tickets online are available for 17 Euros for an adult to visit the Summit. You can buy them on the day but it’s best to order them online to get the time slot and day you want. Here’s the official website to order your tickets from.
I hope this little experience post was useful!
Have you visited the Eiffel Tower? What do you think?
I’d love to know in the comments!