When I visited Paris as a young adult I desperately wanted to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen and it was something I regretted for 14 years.
That’s why visiting the Eiffel Tower during our last family vacation to Paris was on the top of my list. I did not want any more regrets and I wanted to finally feel what it’s like to experience Paris on the top of this iconic tower.
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My family decided to visit the Eiffel Tower on our first full day in Paris. We thought it would be a great introduction of the city to our kids. We made our way to the Eiffel Tower on our Big Bus Tour. This was an easy way to get there and a great stop on our bus tour.
Arriving at the Eiffel Tower
When you arrive at the Eiffel Tower you’ll see that the grounds are surrounded by a glass wall. You’ll also find two points of entry, an East entrance, and a South entrance. Tickets are not required to go through this security checkpoint. You can visit the beautiful gardens and use the facilities after going through the security checkpoint.
Once you’ve gone through this entrance you can use the tickets you’ve purchased online or purchase tickets at the ticket booth. Keep in mind that the ticket booths do have line-ups. If you haven’t purchased your tickets online you may have to wait in line for some time.
There are several types of tickets available for the tower.
Ticket options include:
- > Lift access to the top of the tower
- > Lift access to the second floor only
- > Stair access to the second floor
- > Stair access to the second floor followed by lift access to the top
We had tickets with lift access to the top of the tower. The process was fast and seamless.
Views at the Top of the Eiffel Tower
Reaching the top deck by lift is a fun experience. The glass-walled lifts allow you to have great views of Paris as you go up 276m. The top deck of the Eiffel Tower is two levels and is quite large. Here you’ll have an incredible 360-degree view of Paris.
As you walk around the top floors you’ll see a historical recreation of Gustave Eiffel’s office, you’ll find many telescopes and even a champagne bar!
Once you’ve had a great look from the top of the Eiffel Tower you can make your way down to the Second Floor. The Second Floor also offers incredible views, a Michelin-stared restaurant, and many shops.
From the Second Floor, you can choose to walk down to the First Floor or take a lift. My family decided to take the stairs and it was a fun experience. Once on the First Floor, we relaxed with some cold treats and sat to take in the city view one last time.
The First Floor also has fun interactive displays explaining all sorts of facts on the Eiffel Tower, including how the size of the tower compares to other tall towers in the world and which movies have been filmed on the Eiffel Tower.
My family really enjoyed our visit to the Eiffel Tower. Our 8-year-old son said it was the highlight of his trip to Paris. I was happy to finally check off this experience from my bucket list.
I highly recommend making time to visit the Eiffel Tower when you are in Paris. It’s a great experience for the entire family.
Eiffel Tower Suggestions
- > I recommend purchasing your tickets online before visiting. Tickets can be purchased several months in advance. The sooner you reserve your tickets, the more time slot options you’ll have.
- > Bring the kids! There is lots for the kids to see when visiting the Eiffel Tower. The experience is good for all ages.
- > Take the lift but don’t ignore the stairs. Taking the stairs down was a fun way to really experience the architecture of the tower.
- > Give yourself between 1-2 hours to get a good visit in. You could absolutely spend more time but our 2-hour visit did not feel rushed and gave us plenty of time to explore the tower.
To learn more about the Eiffel Tower
- Check out the official Eiffel Tower website
- Follow the Eiffel Tower on Instagram
- Follow the Eiffel Tower on Facebook