A Great Experience
Fun & Knowledgable English Speaking Tour Guide
Reservation & Stairs Entrance to 1st & 2nd Levels (Please note that Climbing Tickets do not have Skip the Line access)
Tickets to Summit level by elevator
Small Group of Max 19 people
1st & 2nd Level Visit
On your visit, you and your expert guide will first enter the security area and then head to stand directly below the imposing tower. This will be your first look at just how big the tower is. You will then proceed with your guide to climb the stairs to the first floor. Since most elevator tours do not stop on the 1st floor, you will have a chance to avoid crowds and observe views that many don't get to see. You will have time to take pictures or walk on the 188ft (57m) high glass floor.
Your guide will then lead you up the steps again, to witness more incredible views on the way to the 2nd level observation deck. Here, you'll be able to take in more of the city's most iconic landmarks including the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysses, and Notre Dame while enjoying your guide's insightful and entertaining commentary.
After your visit to the 2nd level, your tour guide will remain to answer any of your questions. Afterwards, your tour guide will leave, but your adventure isn't over yet! With your Summit ticket in hand, you will continue by elevator to the last floor or Summit of the Eiffel Tower. From here you will enjoy views of Paris below you (1,000ft below to be exact).
Once you are finished admiring the spectacular views, you can choose to take the stairs or the elevator back to the ground floor to continue your Parisian adventure!
Why was the Eiffel Tower Built?
Why was the Eiffel Tower built? Let's go back to the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris for the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. Two years earlier, one plan had been selected from 107 proposals for an adequate centerpiece for this grand event.
Construction began on February 28, 1887. After just 2 years, on March 31, 1889, Gustave Eiffel himself showed a group of officials and journalists the newly-completed tower. The elevators were not yet in operation, but a few of the group climbed the entire 1,710 stairs all the way to the top! The French tricolor flag was raised and a 25-gun salute was fired. A few months later, the World's Fair officially began and member of the public thronged to the tower. Almost 2 million people climbed the tower during the Fair alone.
The Public's Response
The initial reception for what is now a universally beloved monument was a bit frosty. A number of prominent Parisians protested the building, saying it did not fit in with the rest of the city. One famous opponent, the writer Guy de Maupassant, was vocal about hating the tower long after its construction but ate at its restaurant frequently. When confronted with this apparent contradiction, he claimed to frequent the Eiffel Tower’s restaurant because it was the only place in the city where you couldn’t see the tower!
The rest is history. The Eiffel Tower has enjoyed immense popularity despite the early protests and is now arguably the most visited paid attraction in the entire world. An estimated 6-7 million people a year get tickets to climb the tower and see Paris from up high.
At 986 feet tall upon construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. as the tallest building in the world. It was bested by New York's Chrysler Building in 1930. Since the tower is made of wrought iron, it actually grows and shrinks with temperatures- summer it's about 6 inches higher than in winter.