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More Facts About the Eiffel Tower for Visitors

Facts about the Eiffel TowerTips and tricks on how to make the most of your trip to the Eiffel Tower.


The first thing most people think of when they think of visiting Paris is taking a trip to this monument.


You can enjoy the attraction at any time of day. The view is spectacular in the day or all lit up in the evening.


Make sure you catch the light show each evening at the beginning of each hour from nightfall until 2 am, it lasts about 10 minutes. If you can see the Eiffel Tower then you can see the light show, so it doesn't really matter where.


On our recent trip to Paris, (July of 2010), we had planned to visit it on the first day we were there. Those plans got changed and we never ended up going up this icon of Paris.


This was mainly due to my failure to plan better (yes this is where the saying "Those who fail to plan, plan to fail" comes into play). And also because we were there in July in one of the busiest months of the year.


So our options ended up being waiting for 3 hours to take a trip to the top, or enjoying it in other ways.




We chose option 2. 3 hours of our 3 days in Paris standing in line was not an option for us. Thankfully we really enjoyed Paris (more than we thought we would) so we know we will be back one day.


My goal is to help you plan and get the most out of your trip by getting the facts about the Eiffel Tower, while planning your things to do in Paris. Discover more of the facts about the Eiffel Tower every traveler should know, or see some Eiffel Tower and surrounding areas pictures I took while we were there.


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Romantic Ideas for Enjoying the Eiffel Tower

Laying on the grass with Warren on the Champs de Mars, under the Eiffel Tower, was one of my favorite romantic memories of Paris. I think because we gave up standing in line to go up the tower, and decided to enjoy it together without the thousands of other tourists.


We laid under a tree in the shadow of the tower with this view:


Facts about the Eiffel Tower


You can also have a romantic lunch or dinner at one of the onsite restaurants.


On the First Level you will find Le 58 Tour Eiffel and dine on traditional French Cuisine (price range is moderate to expensive). Or choose Le Jules Vernes on the second level. Le Jules Vernes is a traditional gastronomic French kitchen. The views are remarkable here and you access the restaurant via private elevator on the south elevator. Prices range from 65€ to over 200€ each.


If you choose to dine at either restaurant, make sure you reserve in advance. It may be necessary to reserve weeks in advance. You can also book a tour of the city which includes a lunch or dinner in one of these restaurants.

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