In this district, showcase of Parisian monuments, historic buildings are each more sumptuous than the last. They will transport you into the history of Paris and France from the 18th to the 20th century, beginning with museums and their major collections and finishing in triumph with the Iron Lady, the Eiffel Tower.
The Eiffel Tower
Symbol of Paris and France, the structure called The Iron Lady is named after its designer and architect Gustave Eiffel. Built in 1887 as the flagship of the World’s Fair of 1889, its destiny was to be temporary, but 120 years later, it still dominates Paris and is the global symbol of Parisian romance. Visitors from around the world come to be photographed during day and especially at night, when the tower shines with 1,000 sparkling lights.
Its completion was an unusual technical challenge, erected in just over two years, and represents the pinnacle of metal architecture of the industrial era. Endless source of inspiration for artists, it remains the most visited paid monument in the world. The bust of Gustave Eiffel, sculpted by Bourdelle in 1929, is located at the foot of the north pier.
La Tour Eiffel
Parc du Champs de Mars, 75007 Paris
Website - tel : 08 92 70 12 39
Metro station: Bir Hakeim
Price : Second landing via stairway: €10.20/ 12 to 24 years old: €5.10 / 4 to 11 years old: €2.50. Free for children under 4 years old.
Second landing via elevator: €16.30 / 12 to 24 years old: €8.10 / 4 to 11 years old: €4.10. Free for children under 4 years old.
Ticket to the summit: €19.40 / 12 to 24 years old: €9.70 / 4 to 11 years old: €4.90. Free for children under 4 years old.
July and August: 9 a.m. to 0:45 a.m.
The rest of the year: 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
A certified ‘‘Tourism and Handicap’’ location. Second landing is accessible for people with reduced mobility. For people with a hearing impairment, magnetic loop amplifiers are available at the ticket counter.
The Eiffel Tower by the numbers
Height : 324 meters (including the antenna)
Weight : 7,300 tons of structural steel, 10,000 tons total
Lighting : 336 projectors
Number of steps up to the top : 1,665
Gustave Eiffel was born in 1832 in Dijon. Engineer by vocation, Eiffel founded a company specializing in structural steel in 1864. The Tower would be his crowning achievement, marking the culmination of his career and revealing his creative genius. However, Gustave Eiffel left his mark on other prominent and spectacular structures around the world, among them the metal structure of the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Porto Viaduct in Portugal, the Pest train station in Hungary or the dome of the Nice Observatory. He devoted the last years of his life to experimental research activities before dying in 1923.
Visit the Eiffel Tower
Two options are available for visiting the monument. It is possible to climb the 704 steps up to the second landing, which allows for a closer look at the metal structure. If you’re not feeling up to the challenge, elevators are available to transport you to the different landings.
On each landing there are many dining options: from snacks to the gourmet restaurant "Le Jules Verne" (see box "Sleeping / Eating”).
1st landing : museum retracing the history of the tower, cultural path, video show, glass floor. "Gus" Tour. Restaurant and shop.
2nd landing : spectacular views of Paris. Restaurant "Jules Verne".
3rd landing : Reconstruction of Gustave Eiffel’s office. Champagne Bar. Magnificent and gripping panorama of the entire city, especially at night.
To learn about the history and the mysteries of the Eiffel Tower in a playful way, follow Gus, the tower mascot, along an educational tour full of inquiries and questions for children 6 to10 years old. Activity and guidebook available at Cineiffel on the 1st landing or you can download it on the Eiffel Tower Website.
Champ de Mars Park
Metro : Bir Hakeim.
The Champ de Mars, named after the Roman god of war, was installed in 1780, and evokes the military function of the plaza that once served as an exercise field for the cadets of the Military Academy. The park is decorated with lakes and ponds, and many birds have since taken up residence (including the tawny owl). Visitors will also appreciate the beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower.
Military Academy (closed to visitors)
1 Place Joffre, 75007 Paris
Metro station: Ecole Militaire
Louis XV founded the institution in 1748 in this imposing building. The school shaped the future officers of the royal army, including a certain Napoleon Bonaparte. Since its creation to today, its function has remained the same.
In the surrounding area