The Eiffel Tower is France’s most iconic landmark located in Champ de Mars in the Paris city center. The wrought-iron Eiffel tower was constructed in 1889 and stands 1,063′ above ground level.
It has become the world’s most visited (paid) monument with almost 7 million lemmings paying to climb this bitch each year. The tower has three levels for visitors to ascend to snap pictures of the Parisian city center, along with restaurants and gift shops.
Tickets to enter the tower are USD 40’ish with add-ons to skip the line. Expect lots of visitors year-round with no ideal time of day or year to avoid them – even in the awful cold there’s a shit-load of people.
Eiffel Tower Uncensored
Let’s start with the obvious, Paris in the winter is shitty-cold, overcast and rainy; this time of year is not the ideal time to visit if you want any good pictures. Visiting in the Spring/Summer is a much better option to capture this iron beauty in all its glory; however, flights are more expensive due to the travel demand.
Strategically scheduled layovers can be a quick and cheap way to see the Eiffel Tower. Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport is a 60-minute ride into Paris and can be significantly longer with heavy traffic. It is recommended to have at least a 10-hour layover to clear customs, to make the journey and make it back before your onward flight.
I’m not entirely sure why everyone climbs the Eiffel Tower? Some of the best pictures I’ve taken have been from 1/2km away where you can get the entire tower in the frame and have some depth of field.