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Visit the Eiffel Tower with the return of sunny days!

The Eiffel Tower remains a must-see tourist site in Paris. But to take full advantage of the panorama that the Iron Lady can offer you, it is better to begin its ascent in good weather. And that’s good, the beautiful days are finally coming back! Take advantage of the return of the sun to visit the Eiffel Tower .


The history of the Eiffel Tower

Did you know that the Eiffel Tower was initially only an ephemeral monument, intended to be dismantled a few years after its construction? This is indeed what was planned when drawing up his plans, on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1889 .

To mark the centenary of the French Revolution, the Official Journal is organizing a major competition to build a huge tower on the Champ-de-Mars, and it is the engineer Gustave Eiffel who wins, with his Eiffel Tower project.

The construction of the Iron Lady

The construction of the Eiffel Tower began on January 26, 1889, and it was only 2 years, 2 months and 5 days later that the site ended, making this work a real technical feat.

The building then takes the form of an immense tower, composed of 4 beams separated at the base, then meeting at the top. High of more than 300 meters , this new construction connects each of its pylons by metal beams, and fortifies the whole by different floors. And to make the monument appreciable to tourists, large glazed rooms and a bubble-shaped top are installed there. Everything will finally be simplified, to obtain the tower that we know today.

In total, more than 18,000 parts and 2,500,000 rivets were needed, all being manufactured in a factory in Levallois-Perret. More than 300 workers will be requisitioned to build this emblematic tower .

The Eiffel Tower at the heart of the debates

Even before the completion of the construction site, the Iron Lady is not unanimous, and many criticize it for being unsightly. The tower was also destined to be dismantled, 20 years after the Universal Exhibition. But its immediate success calls into question the projects, because more than 2 million visits are recorded just over the duration of the Universal Exhibition.

The dismantling is then quickly forgotten, and since then, the Eiffel Tower has never ceased to seduce, becoming the emblematic historical monument of Paris and France.


Visiting the Eiffel Tower: information

Today, the Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid monument in France and in the world , with more than 6 million visitors each year. So, to be able to climb to its summit in the best conditions, it requires a little preparation.

Thus, we can only recommend that you buy your tickets in advance , by going to the online ticket office. This will allow you to choose the type of visit, and in particular to specify whether you want to climb to the top, and thus have priority access.

To climb to the 2nd floor , you will have the choice between the elevator and the stairs, then the climb to the top must be done by elevator.

-stamped tickets with a specific time slot allow you to save time, by avoiding long queues, but also to benefit from a reduced price. Remember to book as soon as possible, ideally several months in advance, especially if you want to come in high season.

To ensure the fluidity of the visit, you will then begin your escapade at the top, before gradually descending to the lower floors.


Good to know: normal visiting hours are between 9:30 a.m. and 11 p.m., every day.


The different views from the Eiffel Tower

Depending on your budget, your desires and your management of vertigo, you have the choice between a complete visit of the Eiffel Tower, or a partial visit of the different floors.

The 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower

After observing the Iron Lady from the forecourt, you can now begin the ascent, stopping at the 1st floor . Here, emotions are guaranteed, thanks to the glass floor which offers an unusual and unique experience. You can also follow the discovery trail on the outdoor passageway, and treat yourself to the Madame Brasserie restaurant .

The 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower

Take a little more height, by going to the 2nd floor of the Iron Lady . There, Paris stretches out under your feet and offers you an unobstructed view of the greatest Parisian monuments: the Louvre Museum, Quai Branly, Orsay Museum, Ecole Militaire… Take advantage of the view to stop for a while. a gourmet meal at the starred restaurant Jules Verne , and discover the boutiques.

The top of the Eiffel Tower

You have finally arrived at the very top, on the 3rd floor. At more than 300 meters high , the atmosphere is calm, far from the hustle and bustle of Paris, almost cut off from the world. Admire the view while sipping a small glass from the champagne bar , and take the time to observe the reconstruction of Gustave Eiffel’s office .


Cadran hotel: your hotel room a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower

To fully live the unique experience offered by the Eiffel Tower, book a hotel room at Le Cadran. The 4-star establishment welcomes you in a warm and friendly setting, in a decoration placed on the theme of the vine.

Just a 10-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower , you will have access to the wellness area, with sauna and jacuzzi , as well as a wine-by-the-glass distributor. For a stay with family, couple or friends, Le Cadran will make your life easier, with an ideal location near the greatest monuments of Paris.


Impossible to visit Paris without going to greet the Eiffel Tower. On the 1st floor, 2nd floor or at the top, treat yourself to a breathtaking view of the capital, and to make your stay easier, book your room now at the Hôtel du Cadran .