Coming back to the Eiffel tower!!

This is actually a new post with older pictures to tell about something that will happened once the gates are open all over the tourism world! One of the emblematic monument of Paris, and France is the Tour Eiffel or Eiffel Tower in Paris. I have written several posts on it but this one is on what is coming up. Hope you enjoy it.

The Eiffel Tower is located on the north end of the Champ de Mars, a large public park in the 7éme arrondissement of Paris. You can find the tower at the intersection of the Quai Branly and the Pont d’Iéna

Due to the terrorist risk, the Eiffel Tower operating company closed the front of the tower to free movement in June 2016 and secured the perimeter by installing in 2018 on two sides a thick bulletproof glass enclosure of 6.5 cm completed by anti-car-ram blocks, on the other two a metal mesh 3.24 meters high (one hundredth of the Eiffel Tower) which takes the shape and curves of the tower.

In 2018, the Eiffel Tower must undergo a facelift which is complicated by the presence of lead.   To give back to the Eiffel Tower, on the occasion of the 2024 Olympic Games, the yellow-brown color desired by Gustave Eiffel in 1907, the company operating the monument, La Sete began in 2019, the 20th campaign of painting of the “iron lady”. The painting project in progress on the Eiffel Tower has been suspended since the beginning of February 2021 because of the traces of lead measured on the surface, in the enclosure of the monument.  This work is part of a reorganization plan of 300 million euros, most of the objectives of which must be achieved before the Olympic Games in 2024.

September 23, 2020, the emblematic monument of the city of Paris was evacuated for several hours at midday, due to a bomb threat. It has been announced the reopening on July 16, 2021. 

Let me update on the extra security measures now around the Tour Eiffel. In addition to the barriers which looks like a war zone to me as used to passed in front of it last in November 2019 due to the virus. I would be tented to go again but with this security will be even more of a hassle. Even with security barriers that looks like a war zone, people keeps coming back. It is Paris after all, it is the Eiffel tower!!

Everyone who visits the tower needs to go through security, and there is no way to skip the security checks. There is a security check to get inside the perimeter barriers and then another security check for those entering the monument via the stairs or elevators. However, visitors who buy their tickets ahead of time online (highly recommended) can save time with fast-track security checks for the elevators. The electronic timed tickets purchased online in advance save you time with fast-track security checks and no need to queue at the Eiffel Tower ticket offices. Thet tickets are personalized so bring some id like passport with you. If you prefer a quieter and less crowded visit, I recommend visiting either in the morning or the evening after dark. The least busy times are generally 9h to 11h and 20h to 22h. Of course, have posted these before and many others to hard to say which time is best nowdays.

paris tour eiffel entr barriers nov17

paris tour eiffel exiting barriers nov17

There are three metro stops and one RER commuter rail stop within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower such as my usual line the no 6 (Nation – Charles de Gaulle Etoile) stop/arrêt Bir-Hakeim. Also, Line 9 (Pont de Sévres – Mairie de Montreuil) stop/arrêt Trocadéro. And Line 8 (Balard – Créteil) stop/arrêt Ecole Militaire. As well as RER Line C stop/arrêt Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel. There are several bus stops within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower, like my line on bus 82, stops tour Eiffel or Champ de Mars. (see post). Bus 42, stop: tour Eiffel .Bus 87, stop: Champ de Mars and Bus 69, stop Champ de Mars. You can actually reach the Eiffel Tower by river if you are taking the hop-on, hop-off river cruise on the Batobus. The harbor is at port de Suffren just going down to the Seine river from the tower.

If you are driving,and I have glorious passing with the Eiffel tower ahead of you! There are several paid parking garages located near the Eiffel Tower such as Parking Pullman Tour Eiffel (18 avenue de Suffren). Parking Quai Branly (25 quai Branly).  Parking Bouvard (443 Avenue Joseph Bouvard). Parking Sainte Dominique (133 rue Sainte Dominique). Parking Joffre Ecole Militaire (2 place Joffre). All good and within 10 minutes of the Eiffel tower on foot.

The official Eiffel Tower webpage on getting in etc: https://www.toureiffel.paris/en/planning-smooth-visit

The Paris tourist office on the Eiffel Tower: https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71062/La-tour-Eiffel

There you go folks, another dandy monument of my eternal Paris. You need to be prepare more than ever to travel and be aware of the latest info. The official sites are best and the tourist office second best for info. Enjoy the Eiffel Tower if you must said you were in Paris!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “Coming back to the Eiffel tower!!”

  1. Been to the top 4 times.

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