November 7, 2018

How to See the Best of the Eiffel Tower

There’s so much more than just the Eiffel Tower to see in Paris, but it’s still something everyone wants to experience at least once. We dedicated an entire day to the Eiffel and its surroundings, so here’s a guide on how to see the best of the Eiffel Tower during your trip.

Check the weather before you visit

When we arrived in Paris the weather was cold and miserable, and it stayed like that for two days. We ended up changing our plans to fit the Eiffel around the weather, which made the whole experience way more enjoyable. But if you’re not blessed with a day of clear skies, don’t skip it. Just bear in mind that the views won’t be quite so stunning.

Purchase your tickets in advance

You can purchase your tickets when you arrive at the Eiffel Tower, or you can book in advance via the official website. This way you get to choose your day and time slot, which is great for those on a tight schedule.

Choosing your Eiffel experience

You’ll be given the option of tickets to the second floor or the top, then an option for stairs with lift or lift only. We didn’t mind walking so choose to take the stairs to the second floor, then the lift to the top. There’s a cheaper rate for young adults up to 24, so we only paid 9.50 euros each for these tickets. You can see all the rates here. The stairs option is a bit of a climb, but it’s a fun and memorable thing to do!

Spending time at the top

It gets pretty busy up here, but it’s not something you’ll be doing again anytime soon no doubt, so make the most of it. Get your snaps, take in the view and maybe even treat yourself to a pricey flute of champagne to toast to the occasion!

Explore the grounds below 

After you’ve enjoyed the sights from above, why not enjoy them from below? The parks and grounds beneath the tower are beautiful, and there are tons of winding paths with benches for you to stop and enjoy the view.

Grab lunch with a view

You can either grab something from one of the snack bars dotted around the grounds, or you can find a restaurant nearby. We did the latter and headed a bit further away to keep the cost down, but there are plenty of spots to sit and enjoy a meal with a view of the tower itself. Just be prepared to pay for it! French onion soup and fries are a must.

Cross the river and enjoy a crepe

There are stalls all over Paris, but we crossed the river and enjoyed two huge Nutella crepes sat on the steps of the Palais de Chaillot opposite so we could take in the view. Plus there’s often entertainment round here.

Watch the Eiffel come to life at night

We’d wandered off towards the Arc de Triomphe to find a dinner spot, but soon walked back to see the Eiffel Tower light up the city. What we didn’t know is that it glitters on the hour at night, so we almost missed this! Sitting beside the carousels watching the tower sparkle was honestly so magical.

Have you been to the top of the Eiffel Tower? Or done any of the other things that we did on our visit?

For more tips on Paris, read about how to spend an afternoon in Montmartre, 13 things to do in the city and my ultimate 3-day itinerary.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.