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Want to visit the Eiffel Tower? Read this first!

Eiffel Tower in spring

For the most up to date information about the Eiffel Tower, read: How to Skip the Lines at the Eiffel Tower

For the second day in a row the Eiffel Tower closed after only a few hours due to workers’ strikes for better pay and working conditions (the private company managing the Eiffel Tower made a considerable profit last year, FYI). People waited in line for over three hours only to be told, “Désolé, we’re closed.” No word on whether the strike will end over the Easter holiday or not.

Even of the workers get what they demand and return to work, only one of the two elevators that take visitors to the top is working due to construction. So even on a good day the lines are insane. Of course, even when both elevators are working the lines are long. Why bother? Take a photo from Trocadéro and go sprend your time doing something more interesting. I won’t tell. Your life won’t be lacking for it.

If I still haven’t convinced you, maybe this will: since last week the Eiffel Tower rates have gone up. The cheapeast ticket is €4.50 to go to the 1st or 2nd level by the staircase, or €8 if you take the elevator. If you want to go to the top (3rd level), you have to shell out €13 (it was previously €10.40). There are no staircase to the 3rd. Students under 24 and kids under 12 years old get a small discount.

Oh, and the Eiffel Tower is 120 years old this year. That makes the “raise” worth it, right? And the new coat of paint; that really adds to the experience, doesn’t it? 😉

For the most up to date information about the Eiffel Tower, read: How to Skip the Lines at the Eiffel Tower

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  • Lol! And the best part is that if you’re IN the Tour Montparnasse you won’t have to look at it! 😉

  • Great reporting, Heather! Sounds like a nightmare.For those looking for a great sunset view of Paris, why not visit the Tour Montparnasse instead? There are no lines, it’s comfy, and the view is significantly better with picturesque sights of the Eiffel Tower – from above.Cheers,~ Paula

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