In 2019, the Eiffel Tower celebrates its 130th anniversary!
With nearly 7 million visitors in 2018, the Eiffel Tower is the symbol of France and one of the world’s most popular attractions. The Eiffel Tower was designed and built on the occasion of the World Fair held in Paris in 1889. The construction of the Eiffel Tower was finished on 31st March 1889, 130 years ago! Since its inauguration on 15th May 1889, 250 million people have visited the Eiffel Tower and still counting. But not many people know what is the Eiffel Tower or why was the Eiffel Tower built, the history behind it, and actually it is a very interesting history!
Planning a trip to Paris in 2019? Add an extra focus and meaning to this special trip and join some of the Eiffel Tower events #eiffel130 around this special Eiffel Tower anniversary. On this post, we tell you about all the celebration activities around the Eiffel Tower, Eiffel Tower tickets as well as our best tips to get the most out of your visit!
EIFFEL TOWER FACTS
- The Eiffel Tower was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch to the Paris World Fair in 1889.
- The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated on 31st May 1889 but it will open to the public months later, on 15th May 1889. However, it was not yet 100% finished and visitors had to walk up to the second platform.
- First named Tour de 300 mètres (300 m tower) because of its heigh, later It was named after Gustave Eiffel, who built the Eiffel Tower.
- Initially, the Eiffel Tower was 312 m high and for 41 years the world’s tallest man-made structure until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930.
- Today the tower is 324 hight, due to additional antennas. There are 1,665 steps from the ground floor to the top.
- However, during the cold weather, the tower shrinks by about 15 cm.
- The total weight is 10.100 tons.
- The Eiffel Tower was used in the past for many scientific experiments. It is now used as a transmitter of radio and television programs.
EIFFEL TOWER ANNIVERSARY: CHOOSE YOUR EIFFEL TOWER EXPERIENCE
Personally, we prefer Paris with the Eiffel Tower than a Paris view from the Eiffel Tower but we understand that seeing the Eiffel Tower in real life and that close must be very exciting for people visiting Paris. That said, there are many ways to get memorable Eiffel Tower views, some from afar and some very close to it. These are the most popular ones:
View of the Eiffel Tower from Place du Trocadéro
Place du Trocadéro is a very popular place (and perhaps the best place) to get great photo shots with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Trocadéro is always full of tourists looking for the perfect shot but it is especially busy for viewing the Eiffel Tower at night, all lit up and glistening with thousands of lights.
Visitors can reach Place du Trocadéro by metro, Trocadéro metro station, lines 6 and 9.
OUR TIP: if it is raining in Paris, enter Palais Chaillot, the building just on the left of Place du Trocadéro. There is a nice cafeteria with awesome views of the Eiffel Tower without the rain!
Eiffel Tower view from a Seine boat cruise
The Seine River is the most beautiful avenue in Paris, with the historical monuments dotted along the route: Musée d’Orsay, the Conciergerie, Les Invalides … and of course the Eiffel Tower! A Seine boat cruise is always beautiful but a night Seine cruise has the plus of admiring the monuments dotted along the route. Here are the most popular Seine Cruises in Paris:
- Bateaux Mouches 1-hour cruise with optional champagne
- Bateaux Parisiens 1-hour cruise
- Vedettes de Paris 1-hour cruise
- Sparkling cruise along the Seine River
OUR TIP: boat tours usually run until 10.30 pm so to see the monuments illuminated we recommend booking the last or pre-last boat tour.
View of the Eiffel Tower from one of the rooftops bars in Paris
When the weather in Paris is nice there are few better ways to enjoy Paris than from above, cocktail in hand, admiring great panoramic Paris views with the Eiffel Tower and other famous landmarks that define the city. There are many trendy rooftop bars in Paris, you just need to have a look at our post and choose one! We suggest arriving in late afternoon for a spectacular view of the city and the Eiffel Tower in the setting sun.
READ MORE – Best rooftop bars in Paris
The Eiffel Tower from underneath
You don’t need to climb up the Eiffel Tower to realize how impressive it is! The view of the tower standing directly underneath it is a unique experience and we are sure that this particular point of view will not let you indifferent.
View of the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower
Hold on! We tell you all that you need to know to climb the Eiffel Tower in the chapters below.
HOW TO VISIT THE EIFFEL TOWER
» Where is the Eiffel Tower? The Eiffel Tower is located in the Left Bank of the Seine River, at the north-west side of Champ de Mars in the 7th Arrondissement of Paris. The Eiffel Tower address is 5 avenue Anatole-France, Paris.
» The monument is very easy to reach by public transportation: the Parisian metro stops at Bir el Hakeim (line 6) and École Militaire (line 8) while the RER C has stops at Champ de Mars -Tour Eiffel and Alma stations.
» Eiffel Tower Hours. The Eiffel Tower is open every day of the year, La Iron Lady does not rest! The opening times depend on the season and are the following:
- 21 June – 2 September: from 9am to 0:45am
- Rest of the year: from 9.30am to 11.45pm for tickets up to the summit
- Rest of the year: from 9.30am to 6.30pm for tickets up to the second floor only
» La Tour Eiffel has different parts:
- le Parvis, or the square in front of the monument
- the First Floor
- the Second Floor
- the Submit
When you visit the Eiffel Tower, you can decide to visit it all or only up to the Second Floor. The Second Floor can be reached by stairs or lift while the Submit can be reached by lift only.
BEST TIME TO VISIT EIFFEL TOWER
» During the high season, it seems there is no best time to visit Eiffel Tower and Eiffel Tower waiting time can be up to 2 hours within the time slots marked as “very strong”.
»During the low season, Eiffel Tower lines are shorter, especially during the weekdays. The best time to visit Eiffel Tower during the low season is early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
SKIP THE LINE EIFFEL TOWER TICKETS
As mentioned above, the Eiffel Tower visit is pretty flexible, with 4 different options to choose from. Eiffel Tower sells standard tickets (no skip the line tickets) to the Second Floor and to the Second Floor + Summit, both tickets with a stop on the First Floor. All the tickets include the access (by lift or stairs) back to the ground floor.
The Second Floor can be reached by stairs or by lift. Once you are on the second floor, the Eiffel Tower Summit can be reached by lift only. This means that there are 4 different standard Eiffel Tower tickets, but only two are available online.
» Standard Paris Eiffel Tower Tickets to the Second Floor by Stairs: on sale at the tower only.
» Standard Paris Eiffel Tower Tickets to the Second Floor by Lift: you can buy these Eiffel Tower tickets online.
» Standard Paris Eiffel Tower Summit Tickets by Stairs + Lift: on sale at the tower only.
» Standard Paris Eiffel Tower Summit Tickets by Lift + Lift: you can buy these Eiffel Tower tickets online.
If you decide to buy these standard Eiffel Tower tickets online, you will pick a date and also a time slot. Time slots are every hour which means that you will be waiting in line one hour maximum.
WE RECOMMEND: Skip the Line Eiffel Tower tickets are one of the best investments when you are visiting Paris. With Skip the Line Eiffel Tower tickets, within minutes you will be inside the elevators and on your way to discover the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. This is too cool and saves you lots of time. Only tour operators like Viator or Get Your Guide sell this kind of tickets alone or in combination with other Paris sights.
- Eiffel Tower Skip the Line Tickets to the Second Floor (by lift)
- Eiffel Tower Skip the Line Tickets to the Second Floor (by lift) and with Standard Summit Access
THE EIFFEL TOWER AT NIGHT
EIFFEL TOWER EVENTS #EIFFEL130
This year is set to be “monumental” for the Eiffel Tower, and for a reason! Although there is already a hashtag to commemorate this important Eiffel Tower anniversary, #Eiffel130, the Eiffel Tower’s Communication team has not yet communicated on the 130th-anniversary program. While waiting for the information to be released, we can already make some guessings on the main Eiffel Tower main events for 2019:
Disclaimer: the events described below are just guessings by our team while waiting for the official communication on the events. We will update the post with the official program as soon as the Eiffel Tower team will publish the list of the events.
13th March 2019 event confirmed!
Head to the Tower to watch the 5th edition of the vertical race La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel. This year, 130 runners (like the tower’s age) will climb the 1665 stairs of the Eiffel Tower up to the top, where they will be rewarded with awesome views.
30th March 2019 event confirmed!
On March 30th, the Eiffel Tower and many other French monuments go dark to celebrate nature and #EarthHour! Switch off your lights for one hour, from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm and help us to save the Planet.
30th – 31st March 2019 events confirmed!
During the weekend of the Eiffel Tower’s birthday (30th and 31st March) La Dame de Fer proposes its visitors a (FREE) Adventure Game. This game is a part treasure hunt and part immersive theater, with actors dressed in costumes to help. The challenge? Find the confidential file which will unlock the most hidden secret of Eiffel’s workshops.
The Eiffel Tower will also host on the esplanade a new photo exhibition with the portraits of the women and men working for the Eiffel Tower.
Finally, don’t miss the evening events to celebrate the Tower’s 130th anniversary, with music and much more.
31st March 2019 – 31st December 2019 event confirmed!
From 31st March 2019 and until the end of the year, people visiting the Eiffel Tower can join its (FREE) Adventure Game. Find the confidential file which will unlock the most hidden secret of Eiffel’s workshops while learning interesting facts and anecdotes about the Eiffel Tower. We have done this Escape Game and it was really cool!
15th May 2019 event confirmed!
The Eiffel Tower celebrates the anniversary of its opening to the public. To commemorate this important milestone, different events are programmed:
From 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm, the Eiffel Tower welcomes Jeanne Added for a free concert on the Esplanade.
After the concert, there is a fabulous light show at 10 pm staged by the scenographerBruno Seillier, author of the mythical Dame de Cœur show at Notre Dame de Paris. The light show lasts ten minutes and repeated in a loop between 10 pm and 1 am.
16th and 17th May 2019 event confirmed!
The light show will be repeated during the following two evenings on May 16th and 17th, after dark.
National Day, 14th July 2019
14th of July is France’s National Day so we expect to see a big event to honor the symbol of Paris and France turning 130 years. Paris usually celebrates the 14th of July with a special Eiffel Tower illuminations and fireworks show. Can this year be even more special? We say YES!
Nuit Blanche, 5th October 2019
For the Nuit Blanche in 2018, the Eiffel Tower proposed a very special performance with lights and music. It was a performance of deconstruction and construction, making the Tower’s lights “fall” in the reverse sense from the tower was built to restore them again floor by floor. We hope that for the next Nuit Blanche (5th October 2019) in such a special year, the Eiffel Tower will surprise us again.
NYE, 31st December 2019
Contrary to popular belief, the Eiffel Tower does NOT hold firework shows for New Year’s in Paris. The last time there were fireworks for New Year’s dates back to the special exception that was allowed for 2000 millennium celebrations. Is the Iron Lady going to make an exception for her anniversary? Surprise, surprise!
YOUR HOTEL WITH EIFFEL TOWER VIEWS
Thanks to its monumental size, the Eiffel Tower can be seen from almost every corner of the city, usually outstanding amongst the quintessential rooftops of Paris. However, not many Parisians can boast of having an apartment with an Eiffel Tower view, this is a rare privilege just for a few of us. The good news is that some of Paris’ top luxury hotels, well known for their great facilities and amazing interiors, come also with the best views of Eiffel Tower, especially beautiful during its night show. So if you are traveling to Paris for a few days and you can afford it, why not treating yourself with the pleasure of waking up with an amazing Eiffel Tower balcony view?
READ MORE – Best hotels in Paris with Eiffel Tower view
EXPLORE THE EIFFEL TOWER DISTRICT
The 7th arrondissement of Paris is delimited by the Seine in the North, Rue des Saints Pères and Rue de Sèvres in the East and Avenue de Suffren in the West. The Eiffel Tower arrondissement hosted during the XIX century five Universal Exhibitions and some of its main sights, as well as the district’s general layout, is the result of these special occasions. This is the Eiffel Tower district but of course, there is much more to explore.
READ MORE – Paris 7 Like a Local
EIFFEL TOWER QUOTES
“I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace” – Natalie Lloyd
“I ought to be jealous of the Tower. She is more famous than I am” – Gustave Eiffel