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Everything To Know Before Visiting The Eiffel Tower
The weather in Paris is much more finicky than many people realize. Rainstorms can pass through any day of the year, and the sky is often overcast or foggy.
Summers in Paris can be punishingly hot, and some folks may struggle on windy days. Many people recommend visiting in the spring or fall when the weather is generally temperate.
You can easily purchase entry tickets in advance from the Eiffel Tower website. You can also arrange a guided tour or request a glass of champagne when you arrive.
Reservations are recommended because lines form in front of the official ticket booth before the monument even opens, and admission often sells out during the high season.
Most people recognize the Eiffel Tower, but tourists don't know about its unlikely design and construction or the controversy that has always haunted it.
To fully appreciate your visit, you may want to read a book on it or watch a documentary. The more you learn ahead of time, the more you'll know what you're looking at.
Driving in Paris is never fun, but luckily, it has great public transportation. The Métro can carry you all over the city, and the town is packed with taxis and ride-shares.
Cycling is a wonderful way to get around, especially in the inner city, and Paris is great just to walk around, thanks to its wide sidewalks and sprawling public parks.
The tower attracts 7 million visitors yearly — an average of about 19,000 per day. Since it's crowded, you should budget several hours for your visit and plan accordingly.
Thankfully, the Eiffel Tower has free Wi-Fi and free restrooms on its three "floors." Visitors are also permitted to bring water and snacks.