COVID-19: The Eiffel Tower reopens its doors
After months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eiffel Tower reopens to the public on July 16, 2021. A series of safety and health measures are in effect to ensure the safety of visitors.
Sanitary measures at the Eiffel Tower
Here is all the essential safety information you need to know before going to the Eiffel Tower:
- Although it is possible to buy tickets on site, it is highly recommended to book tickets online. On the other hand, even if access to the 1st and 2nd floors by stairs is possible at the physical ticket offices, if you wish to take the elevator to the 2nd floor, you must imperatively book your ticket online.
- All visitors over the age of 11 must wear a mask that fully covers their nose and mouth for the duration of their visit. Staff will also wear masks at all times.
- In addition, the use of stairs has been modified. In order to avoid face-to-face contact, one of the stairs will be used to go up, and another to go down.
- All visitors must maintain a minimum distance of 1.5m between them. To allow for social distancing, various signs and markers have been placed along the path up to the Eiffel Tower.
- Hand sanitizer has been made available to the public at approximately 30 points, including at entrances and on both floors.
- The only restaurant on the Eiffel Tower open to the public is the Jules Verne restaurant, on the 2nd floor.
Eiffel Tower tickets
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, about 130 years ago, a competition was organized by the Universal Exhibition to build a tower 300 meters high. Out of a total of 107 proposals, Gustave Eiffel’s was chosen. And we all know the rest of the story.
Known today as the “Iron Lady”, the Eiffel Tower is a symbol of the culture, economy and industrial strength of Paris. Illuminated by around five billion lights, this architectural marvel can be admired in all four corners of Paris. Unsurprisingly, the Eiffel Tower attracts no less than 7 million visitors each year, making it the fourth most visited monument in the world.
A stay in the city of love must imperatively include a visit to the Eiffel Tower. With an Eiffel Tower ticket, visitors have access to the first floor, second floor and top of the tower, as well as some of the best restaurants in the city and breathtaking views of Paris.
Visiting the Eiffel Tower: A few tips
1. If you plan to visit the Eiffel Tower (especially the top) we recommend booking your tickets well in advance as summit tickets are selling like hot cakes.
2. It is also essential to book your Eiffel Tower tickets online. Otherwise, you will have to wait for hours at the counter and you risk not having access to the floors you want to visit.
3. A good way to save time is to take the stairs back down. Elevator queues are usually long and cumbersome.
4. If you want to know the workings of the Eiffel Tower, including history, construction and other general topics, we highly recommend you to opt for a guided tour.
5. The period from June to September is the most intense of the year at the Eiffel Tower. If you want to avoid the crowds, the months of October to December and January to March are the best months to visit the Eiffel Tower.
6. If you plan to dinner at the Eiffel Towerit is better to book in advance in one of the restaurants.
7. Download the Eiffel Tower app to your mobile phone before your visit. The audio guide covers all topics relating to the monument, including history, design and construction, nearby tourist attractions, and more.
8. Move further away from the tower to take the perfect shot. If you stand too close, you may not be able to get a full shot of the imposing monument.
9. Keep your things close to you. The Eiffel Tower is a favorite spot for thieves and pickpockets due to the large number of visitors.
10. Treat yourself to a souvenir of Paris and the Eiffel Tower in the shops on the first and second floors.