The Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid monument in the world and the icon of Paris. You don’t have to study up on Paris to know that it exist. We have seen it our whole lives in books, in movies, on oven mittens, restaurant menus, boxes of chocolates and just about everywhere.
Geek fact: When the tower was finished in 1889, the Paris elite hated it! It was called a giant jungle gym, iron asparagus, and the world’s largest anal suppository. By 1909 the Eiffel Tower was set for deconstruction but Gustave Eiffel, the creator, saved the Eiffel Tower by building a radio antenna at the top and telling the medical world that if you go up to 300m in the sky it can cure whooping cough and depression. Plus his apartment was all the way at the top.
Now you are coming to Paris and you are even closer to it than before. Not so fast!
The Eiffel Tower was recently on strike for two days. What for? One of those reasons was the line problem. On a normal day they receive 30,000 people. More than half of them are waiting in line and a majority of those people hate lines. While in line you are bored, being harassed by vendors, being hunted by pickpockets. and just plan aggravated. By the time you see the ticket desk or security guard you are ready to kill someone. Staff say they are tired of being abused by angry tourists. Do you want to be the angry tourist? Is that how you’d like to remember the Eiffel Tower?
Purchase skip the line tickets online! While it is easy, it may not be so convenient. Tickets run out fast and normally you might not get the time of day that you hoped for to go up the tower. But it is worth a shot! http://www.tour-eiffel.fr/en/preparing-your-visit/planning-your-visit.html
Take a tour! This is my favorite option. Not only will you be able to skip the line but you can also learn about the most famous monument in the world and maybe make a few friends while on tour. Tons of tour companies can be found online.
Climb the stairs! This is a great option if you hate waiting in long lines. Apparently it take 2 hours to burn off one croissant and I’m sure the 1,665 steps up and then the 1,665 steps down should burn that sucker right off!
Eat! There are two restaurants on the tower.
Le 58 Tour Eiffel is a pretty decent restaurant located on the first floor. Is it the greatest food ever? Meh, but you get to relax, eat, get a nice view of Paris and skip the line. Make a reservation at least a month in advance. http://www.restaurants-toureiffel.com/
Le Jules Verne is very nice. It is small and you have a great view of Paris. Downside, it is sometimes hard to make a reservation and you will also be shelling out 200€ per person for dinner. The upside is that it is a Michelin 1 star approved restaurant which is very difficult to obtain this status. The food will be incredible and the view will be spectacular. Make a reservation as soon as possible! http://www.lejulesverne-paris.com/
Enjoy and good luck!