The Eiffel Tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel, who was a French engineer. Some of Gustave’s early work were bridges, but when the chief engineer on the Statue of Liberty died, Gustave replaced him and completed it. After Gustave completed the highest bridge in the world, the Garabit viaduct, he began work on the Eiffel Tower in 1887. In 1889, after 2 years, 2 months and 5 days the Eiffel Tower was complete. It is the Eiffel Tower which cemented Gustave’s name in history.
The date that the Eiffel tower was complete was the 100th anniversary of the French revolution, it was built for the 1889, World Fair. Later, in the 1920s, the Eiffel Tower became a worldwide symbol for Paris. The Eiffel tower also has lifts which helps over 7 million people visit the Eiffel tower and see the view of Paris. There are sparkles on the Eiffel Tower that shine over Paris for 5 minutes every hour on the hour in the evening.
We waited for about 2 hours to get tickets to get to the Eiffel Tower, Max and I were a bit grumpy waiting in line but the view was good once we got up there. The ball hanging in the middle of the Eiffel Tower is a soccer ball. It was put there because the world cup was being held in France while we were there.
Taken on our walk up to the Eiffel Tower
The top of the Eiffel Tower and the views from it.
Statue of Alexandre Gustav Eiffel the engineer and person responsible for the Eiffel Tower. Middle photo is of a soccer ball hung because the World Cup was being held in France.
Tourist Information for the Eiffel Tower
Dec 23 rd – Dec 30: 9.30 am to 12.45 am
Jun 15th – Sept 1st: 9.00 am to 12.45 am (last entry midnight)
Rest of the Year: Lifts: 9.30 am to 11.45 pm (last entry 11 pm and for the top last entry is 10.30 pm) Stairs: 9.30 am to 6.30 pm (last entry is 6 pm)
The costs vary according to whether you want to go the the top or the 2nd floor or whether you take the stairs or lift. For more details see below:
- Access to the 2nd Floor via lift – Adults – 16€, Ages 12 – 24 – 8€, Aged under 4 – free, Concessions – 4€
- Access to the 2nd floor via stairs – Adults – 10€, Ages 12 – 24 – 5€, Aged under 4 – free, Concessions – 2.50€
- Access to the top via two lifts – Adults – 25€, Ages 12 – 24 – 12.50€, Aged under 4 – free, Concessions – 6.30€
- Access to the top via stairs and lift – Adults – 19€, Ages 12 – 24 – 9.50 €, Aged under 4 – free, Concessions – 4.80€
Official Website: https://www.toureiffel.paris/en
Researched and written by Ava. Photos and captions by mum.
Information last updated in December 2017