We have visited Paris twice. Once as a couple and the second time as a family with our 8 year-old daughter. The second time we visited it, we realised that Paris is a very family friendly city with a lot of things to do with kids, not to mention Disneyland and Asterix Themed Park. One of the highlights of course is to visit the Eifferl Tower with your kids and enjoy the view from the three floors of the tower.
When in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is like a pop-up monument. You can see it almost from anywhere you are, especially when it sparkles like a fairy christmas tree. So, during our first night, when we were in Concord Square, we couldn’t believe our luck, when we saw it shine! We didn’t know what to do! Take a photo or just admire it? It was so funny, trying to take out our cameras and at the same time, trying not to miss it and show it to the kids.
The second time that we saw it was while we were touring Paris on a Hop on-Hop off bus. At least for ten minutes the bus was doing circles around it and the photo maniacs could take a picture of every single detail! Finally, we stopped at Trokadero Square and we took the most amazing photos of the Tower.
The third time we saw the Eiffel Tower was on the day we visited it. Of course, we had already booked our tickets in advance from the online official platform of the Eiffel Tower (book your tickers from here) and we knew exactly the day and the time of our visit. So, try to be there before the time of your visit as there are queues where they check your tickets and your personal stuff (e.x. bags). In general, though, they are well organised so there is not much time to waste.
According to the ticket you have chosen, you can go up via elevator or they stairs. In addition, you can choose which floor you want to visit. As we were with kids we had decided to visit the second floor via elevator and I think we did well. It is 115 m. high and it can offer a 360o view of Paris. We were lucky because the weather was great and with the mini telescope we could see all great neighbourhoods and sights of Paris.
The Three Floors
On the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, you can find a souvenir shop (you can stop the elevator there whe you finish your tour on the second floor) with many nice souvenirs which you won’t find anywhere else. So, give it a try and buy some. On the second floor there is an indoors cafe, some shops and a shop which sells macarons (the brand is one of the most famous ones in Paris and they are delicious). You can also find a small museum about the construction of the tower and a post office to send your cards. The restaurant is on the third floor and it especially for those who want to have a more romantic visit.
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Under the Eiffel Tower
Under the arches of the Eiffel Tower, you can see the bust of Gustav Eiffel, the designer and architect of the tower, who constructed it between 1887 and 1889. The reason was the 100 years celebration of the French Revolution and the International Fair of Paris.
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The Eiffel Tower from far across
If you want to see the Eiffel tower from far across and to take the best pictures then the solution is to stop at Trocadero Square – Jurdins du Trocadero. There, you can also find a cantine which sells crepes and according to my daughter are the best! Crepes and Eiffel Tower! Best combination!
- Gustav Eiffel’s construction designs had won the first prize in a competition that had been organized by the International Fair of Paris.
- The plan was the Eiffel Tower to be demolished after 20 years. However, they changed their minds as it had already become an important sight for both Parisiens and foreigners. It was the tallerst building in Paris (319 m. high) and it was also important for telecommunications as it has got a long antenna on the top. Noone can even image Paris without the Eiffel Tower.
- For 2 years, 300 workers were working, 2,500.00 rivets and more than 15,000 metal parts were used .
- The oscillation of the tower is only 12 cm.
- 50 tones of paint are used every 7 years for this “metal beauty” to be preserved.
Is the Eiffel Tower a priority in your “sights to see with kids” list! This was our second “check” as the Acropolis is actually the first we have seen and we are very proud of it! Waiting for you comments!
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