The Curious Explorers guide to Paris: Eiffel Tower Quarter

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The Eiffel Tower Quarter and the Invalides Quarter makes up most of the south bank of the River Seine in Central Paris. As you can guess, the Eiffel Tower Quarter doesn’t has much to do there apart from, oh, you know, I say, to see one of the most historic landmarks in the world, Le Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower).

Built way back in 1889 to impress visitors to the 1889 World Expo (Universal Exhibition), the tower was only meant to be a temporary addition to Paris landscape but for reason has stood here ever since, with locals in two minds about whether if they like or not like the world’s largest climbing frame in the centre of their city.

Designed by an engineer named Gustave Eiffel, the tower became the world’s tallest building until 1931 when New York ’s Empire State Building came along and took the number one spot. In recent years the tower has had a make over with a coat of fresh paint and there is a beautiful light show that plays every single night, with sparkling flashlights glowing off the tower while a white solid beam goes flickers through the night sky across the rooftops.

 

Here are some handy tips which will help visitors visiting the number one landmark in France:

If possible, buy your tickets online so you don’t have to queue for ages just to buy a ticket! If queuing for a ticket, this could take anything from 30 minutes to two hours and is even worse in July and August. If not buying a ticket online, get there really really early to avoid the queues.

At the first level which is 57 meters high (after walking up the first flight of stairs or taking the elevator), there is a small museum which tells visitors of the history of the tower and the stories of when Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler came to town. There is also a post office and visitors can also see the Hydraulic lift mechanism which is still in working use to this very day.

On the second level (115 meters high) there is ‘Le Jules Verne Restaurant’ which is suppose to be one of the best restaurants in Paris which also offers fantastic views (of course, but remember to bring lots of cash!). From this level there are Double-Decker elevators which takes visitors right to the top of the tower. However in busy times queues to get on and off takes a very long time.

At the top the viewing gallery is the place to be and on  a clear day visitors can see maybe up to 45 miles (72km). The views are absolutely amazing and one not to be missed.

The nearest RER station to visit the Tour Eiffel is Champ de Mars which is a five minute walk away to the west and the nearest metro is Bir Hakeim. To the south of the Tour Eiffel is the Champ-de-Mars which is a huge garden stretching from the tower to the Ecole Militaire building. This is a great place to chill out on the grass in the summer months but also take in the views of the beautiful tower.

 

Need a hotel recommendation? Try Hotel Eiffel Capitol

 

 

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18 Responses

  1. I’ve heard that those lines are beyond epic Claire. You cannot get me to stand 2 hours in line when waiting to get into heaven LOL! Let alone anything of this world. Traveling taught me to harness the power of the internet. Or, to get places really early and to travel mainly during the off season. Rates and lines half, and sometimes drop even more dramatically.

    Ryan
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  2. Thank you for sharing such wonderful tip to buy the tickets online! It will literally change your whole experience. If you are standing in line for 2 hours in the heat in a day in July, your experience could have been drastically different just if you had bought them online. The view for the tour is beautiful but this is definitely a place where you go just once.

  3. It may be “the” thing do do in Paris, but for good reason. We’ve been all the way to the top on three occasions now and have loved it every time. I love the perspective it gives you from up on high and really allows you to see the very unique way in which the streets are divided up. The restaurant is definitely great, but we have found some others which give a view of the tower as opposed to being in the tower. Buying the tickets online is for sure the best way to go now to avoid the queues.

  4. Paris is such a beautiful and vibrant city. I remember climbing the Eiffel Tower with my family when I was still a child, I can’t remember if we had to queue (It was in the late 1980s) but buying a ticket in advance would be my first move today.

  5. Great tips for anyone visiting the Eiffel Tower, especially abut buying the tickets in advance. I also really enjoyed your images. I’ve only ever been to the top at night, so it was great to see it from a different perspective!

  6. I have never been to Paris and think your tips are sensational! I will be sure to remember everything I read in case I make it to the City of Lights some day. Maybe you two can be my tour guides. 😉
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  7. ALi Rost

    I’d love to go to Paris one day and see the Eiffel Tower! Loved your post for a glimpse into its history. Also the views .. oh my goodness the views of Paris. They’re stunning!

  8. Stephanie Jeannot

    Looks like the place to be at night. So beautiful! I have got to get there someday soon. So exciting!

  9. Tiara Wilson

    I remember visiting the eiffel tower, when I was in my early middle school days. It’s such a beautiful sight, in all honesty. I remember going all the way to the top on a snowy day. My, does it get busy! Looks like you had a fun trip. I loved reminiscing through your photos.

  10. This has got to be one of my dream vacation spots. I am dying to see the Eiffel tower, well Paris in general, in person. I’ve barely traveled here inside the states but I hope to remedy that sometimes soon. If not paris definitely somewhere green like Ireland. Great pictures!

  11. Great tips and photos! This makes me nostalgic for Paris–I absolutely love it there! We’ve visited the Eiffel Tower a couple of times and took the stairs up the second time–it’s quite the hike to get up there! Haven’t made it all the way to the very top yet though. Guess I need to go back again sometime! 🙂
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  12. Megan Jerrard

    It’s awesome how what was a temporary addition to the city has now become the symbol of France! Another hot tip, that in the winter they set up an ice skating rink inside the tower, and you can skate around with views over the city – it’s awesome!

  13. I have never been to Europe and Paris would be a destination I’d love to visit. The guide is fantastic for visitors

  14. Excellent advice, Danik! I heard about purchasing tickets online from our hotel concierge – it is a huge timesaver. We haven’t dined at Jules Verne, but we did drink Champagne on the top level of the tower. The views are stunning.
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  15. Ahh what a dream! I’ve been wanting to visit Paris to see the Eiffel tower. Some people say its overrated but I still want to see it for myself. Great tips btw! Thanks for sharing them. I can’t wait to experience this for myself.

  16. Some amazing angles there. I always thought that the black monstrous Tour Montparnasse should not be allowed to exist… Paris from the top is so beautiful otherwise.
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  17. Thanks for sharing this post, guys. Yes, the queue to the Eiffle Tower is ridiculous – booking in advance might be a great idea!

  18. Great shots of and from the Eiffel Tower! 🙂 Actually, there are many things to do around this famous monument (we lived only two streets parallel from it for 5 years, and loved that neighborhood)! Both the Quai Branly Museum and the Trocadéro are within walking distances. And once you’re in the Trocadéro, you might also want to visit the Musée de l’Homme, le Palais de Chaillot, and the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine. The best time to visit the Eiffel Tower is of course in the early morning. You’ll see locals walking their dogs or jogging in the Champ de Mars (no, you won’t get to see us, since we don’t live there anymore. haha…) As for food: there are several brasseries on the avenue de la Bourdonnais, avenue Rapp (don’t forget to have a look at the exceptional façade of the Lavirotte Building at number 29!!), the rue Saint-Dominique, or even rue Cler, and especially around the metro Ecole Militaire, and that of La Motte-Piquet Grenelle. These two metro stations are also very close to the Champ de Mars (line 8 and line 6), which can be handy depending from where you come, because the station Champ de Mars is actually an RER station (line C) and not a metro station, and RERs don’t circulate as often as metros. If you also want to visit Les Invalides or go to the Champs Elysées, know that they are really within walking distances from the Eiffel Tower. There’s not need to take a metro or RER, because by foot it’s even faster. Besides, that’s the best way to explore Paris (or any other European city)! Have fun in Paris! 🙂
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