Easily one of Paris’ most memorable landmarks, The Eiffel Tower needs no introduction. This magnificent steel tower is amazing to see from the ground but the views from the top are particularly breathtaking! It’s definitely worth taking the time out to go and take in this magnificent view of Paris from the top of the Eiffel tower. There are two viewing stages, one at the midpoint (which is slightly cheaper in price) and one at the top (which is just underneath that beacon of light you can see at the top of the tower). Both views are amazing but I think it’s definitely worth shelling out that little extra to go to the very top!
I’m a little scared of heights so I was kinda antsy on the elevator ride up but once you start to catch sight of the views, you (ironically) totally forget how high you are and get sucked into the beautiful city landscape.
EIFFEL TOWER TIPS:
1.) Pre-book your tickets! The queue is so much shorter if you do and can make all the difference. We didn’t and queued for about 1.5hours. To be fair, we barely noticed it as we were chatting away but if you’re tired or pressed for time, I imagine you might not want to wait that long.
2.) Try to see the view at night! The view during the day is great but the view at night is even better. Paris (and indeed almost any city) always looks so much nicer lit up at night.
3.) You can take the stairs up to the mid-point. Maybe I’m just being lazy but my advise is not to! You don’t wanna be so tired that you can’t enjoy the view or even worse, not be able to make it to the midpoint. It looks deceptively easy from the bottom but the midpoint is quite high.
4.) As before, pay the extra it takes to see the view from the top. Definitely worth it. The view is so much broader and, dare I say, nicer from the top.
5.) Get some champagne when you get to the top! Taking in the views with a glass of bubbly in your hand just adds that extra little something! Take your photos first though! The plastic flutes are baseless so there won’t be an opportunity to put it anywhere while you take photos and you don’t wanna be stuck juggling a DSLR camera with champagne in the other hand.
6.) Camera Tip: Take a slow exposure photo (e.g. 10/15 seconds) and keep the ISO fairly low. The low ISO will reduce the noise in your photos but for the slow exposure, you’ll need a stable base else your photos will end up blurry. I recommend getting a gorillapod for this as it can be attached anywhere – if you also have a remote control for your camera, now is the time to use it.
7.) Take a coat/jacket up with you. The temperature is always slightly different at the top (i.e. colder) than at the bottom. You may need one and the last thing you want is to ruin your experience by being too cold to stand outside.