Climbing Up Into the Eiffel Tower

posted by Sharon December 2, 2018 31 Comments
Eiffel Tower Paris

Did you know you can climb iron stairs right up into the iconic Eiffel Tower? On previous visits we had taken the elevator, which whisks you up to the two view levels. On our last visit, we decided to try something different and take the stairs. This proved to be a fun decision!

On a clear day with just a hint of autumn in the leaves, we walked from our hotel to the “Iron Lady,” enjoying the elegance of Paris. Eiffel Tower Paris

Eiffel Tower Paris The Eiffel Tower is much more massive in person than I had imagined from photos. The four feet are planted firmly in the ground and far apart. Standing under the tower, you can see the first level where there’s a restaurant protected by a plexiglass wall.Eiffel Tower ParisEiffel Tower Paris

Eiffel Tower ParisEiffel Tower ParisYou hear that it is 1,000 feet high and the statistic flits right out of your head. But when you stand dwarfed underneath it, you experience how tall that really is! Eiffel Tower ParisHere we are, ready for the climb. We bought our tickets without asking how many steps we were committing to do. It was better that we didn’t know. Eiffel Tower Paris So – ready to climb!Eiffel Tower Paris

What’s great about walking up is that you can see the tower up close and personal and stop as often as you want (or whenever you need to catch your breath). The design is complicated and intricate, far more than it appears from a distance. The metal is held together with more than 2 million rivets. These metal pieces, each so small, work together to hold up the massive structure. And it’s been standing since 1889, when it was presented to France for the one hundredth anniversary of the French Revolution. Eiffel Tower ParisEiffel Tower ParisA section of the original staircase from 1889 is preserved. Eiffel Tower Paris

And then you have the views. The tower provides two viewing levels, and when you take the stairs, you have unlimited places to look through the tower, too. Here are some of the unobstructed sights. Eiffel Tower ParisEiffel Tower ParisEiffel Tower ParisThe wind whipped around the tower, but it was a warm day so we didn’t mind. Eiffel Tower ParisIf you are thinking of a career change, here’s an idea for you — Eiffel Tower maintenance crew. You can hang out far above Paris and even lean back and take photos because you wear a harness. Not for those with fear of heights. Eiffel Tower ParisEiffel Tower ParisEiffel Tower ParisEiffel Tower ParisWhen we got back down, I asked the nice young lady selling tickets how many steps we took. Oh, 700 each way. Whew! We did take many “breaks” to enjoy the views, so it wasn’t that taxing. I highly recommend this way to experience the Eiffel Tower.

Fun fact: Originally painted a dark red, the Eiffel Tower has sported different colors through the years. It was once yellow, and now it is a specialty color developed in 1968 called “Eiffel Tower Brown.” Painters use 60 tons of paint to refresh the tower every seven years. The paint is in three shades, with the lighter tones higher, which enhances the tower’s silhouette in the Paris sky. Paris Eiffel Tower

How about you? Have you visited the Eiffel Tower? What did you enjoy most about your time there? Eiffel Tower

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31 Comments

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Sydney December 2, 2018 at 1:33 pm

Well done climbing the 700 steps
It’s funny to think that the French hated it at first and now it is so iconic for all of us. I’m French but not from
Paris, I had the chance to go twice and my faboutite view of the tower is by night when the light turns on.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin December 3, 2018 at 1:45 am

Oh what a gorgeous view and fun experience!!

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M. Machado December 3, 2018 at 2:54 am

Stunning construction.
Great pictures.
Lots of courage for the climb. Congratulations!
Thank you for sharing with us.

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Carol December 3, 2018 at 6:53 am

Beautiful photos Sharon~!

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Fun60 December 3, 2018 at 11:34 am

I love it at night especially from the river.

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Eileen Wise December 3, 2018 at 11:44 am

Wow, gorgeous post. Wonderful series of photos. The Eiffel Tower is beautiful, look lovely at night. Enjoy your day and new week ahead!

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Lydia C. Lee December 3, 2018 at 11:50 am

I liked climbing the stairs – all the little signs with interesting stories about the tower.

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Joyful December 3, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Fabulous photos and views. I don’t think I can climb that high. Apart from bad knees I’m afraid of heights! Thanks for the lovely photos.

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup December 3, 2018 at 4:32 pm

I have trouble with climbing flights of stairs, but it looks like this would be worth the aches and pains!
Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/12/gangly-and-gorgeous-blue-heron.html

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rupam { xhobdo } December 3, 2018 at 7:16 pm

Stunning pics. Great post.

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Su-sieee! Mac December 3, 2018 at 7:52 pm

Gulp. I’d climb the stairs, gulping all the way. I’d have sweaty palms, too. But, oh the fun and the satisfaction I would have to say, “Yes, I climbed the Eiffel Tower.” I don’t know if I could handle walking down though. Gulp.

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Molly December 4, 2018 at 4:11 am

Ahh lovely beautiful Paris

Mollyx

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junieper2 December 4, 2018 at 12:43 pm

LOVE your angles of this tower, because I know it’s a challenging one:) You’re a trooper to climb this tower, Sharon! I was already tired when we arrived there, so may daughter and I were occupied with watching our cookies not being stolen from us. I don’t mind sharing, but it’s annoying when someone demands, and start taking them out of my hand.(They were dressed better than we were, lol). In contrast my son has climbed the Eiffel at least 3 times, with friends from the USA. Ever since his first time (14 y. old) he “has to have” a statue of the Eiffel in his room:)
Many thanks for these magnificent angles of the Eiffel and have a great week:)

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Katherine December 5, 2018 at 7:37 am

700 steps up and back? You earned your baguette and brie that day! I actually didn’t think about it having to be painted so often, and that’s a lot of paint. #WanderfulWednesday

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Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid December 5, 2018 at 10:49 am

You had a picture perfect day for it – your photos are fabulous! I haven’t been to the tower for years but if and when I go back, I will be very tempted to take the stairs… If only I could forget the part about the 700 steps. I think the views make it worth it though, right?!

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Lisa | Handmade in Israel December 5, 2018 at 11:45 am

Great fun facts and fabulous photos! We climbed the Eiffel Tower when my kids were young. Was a great way to escape the crowds in the elevators and the views were incredible.

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Sarah December 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Such a fun experience, isn’t it? I’m glad I read your post because I didn’t actually know it was 700 steps! I climbed the eiffel tower my first time in Paris, but I must’ve been so excited (and young lol) that I didn’t even realize how many steps it was.

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William Kendall December 6, 2018 at 8:12 am

Wonderful captures! My parents went up it on a visit years ago, when I was a child. I’d like to see it for myself someday.

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sara December 6, 2018 at 5:36 pm

The Eiffel Tower is one of my FAVORITE monuments. I don’t know that I would climb the stairs – but I would probably find it more enjoyable than climbing some of the enclosed domes. Your photos are beautiful, especially the one at night. The clarity is unbelievable on the night photo!

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California Globetrotter December 6, 2018 at 10:19 pm

I’ve always known you could climb it, but I don’t think I’d ever climb it! I already thought it was bad enough climbing St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and I love climbing towers and churches, but the Eiffel Tower is the cream of the crop! #FeetDoTravel

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Shona December 7, 2018 at 1:18 am

Much better to not know how many steps until afterwards. LOL. The detail up close really is quite astounding. I’ve only seen the Tower from a distance so may follow your lead, however, I now know how many steps to expect. LOL.

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Scarlett Roitman December 7, 2018 at 4:56 am

What fun climbing up the tower! It’s hard to imagine the French wanted to take this down when the Exposition Universelle was over. As a Parisian, you tend to be quite snobby about going up so I have only done this once, and that was when I was 10 with a friend who came over from the UK. Now of course, my youngest is desperate to go up, so I need to put my silly French pride to one side, and get on with it. Not sure about the new career path. Great views but….

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Chris December 7, 2018 at 5:07 am

A remarkable way to get to know a remakrable tower, she truly is beautiful. If only the French were equally enthusiastic about climbing those stairs!

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Cynthia | Adventuring Woman December 7, 2018 at 10:00 am

I love all the views from beneath the tower! It really shows the beauty of the architecture. Also, closer up, the lacy details of the metalwork are really lovely. What a feat to provide a unique view of this icon. I can only hope climbing might acclimate me to the height more gradually, making me less scared. Not sure that would work, though. Don’t think I’ll be joining the maintenance crew. #feetdotravel

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Kimberly December 7, 2018 at 2:59 pm

When we visited Paris, in June, we decided to climb the stairs, also! The first time we went, we took the elevator, but the wait is so much longer and the ticket is pricier, when you do it that way. It is definitely a different experience climbing, than it is riding up! Your pictures of the tower are AWESOME! Thanks for sharing! #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Sandra December 7, 2018 at 10:34 pm

I have a fear of elevators. So climbing the Eiffel Tower was the only option for me, lol.
#TheWeeklyPostcard

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Tomas Novak December 8, 2018 at 1:11 am

Thanks for your post! When I was in Paris a visited Eiffel tower by the elevator but sounds more fun. On the other hand 700 stairs! How long does it take to climb up and down?

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Kelly December 8, 2018 at 5:02 pm

Wow! Stunning photos. Beautiful views. I am going to Europe next year, tho I’m not sure if will will get to France we are playing it be ear… so to speak. Can you tell me how much it cost to climb the stairs and was it busy?

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Brooke of Passport Couture December 8, 2018 at 8:56 pm

Your post reminded me of climbing the many Eiffel Tower stairs years ago. It’s been over a decade since I did that, but it is still fresh in my memory. The views and the stairs are something you never forget. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) December 10, 2018 at 6:17 am

I think climbing the stairs is such a great way to experience the Eiffel Tower and it looks as though you had the perfect weather for it. I’d planned to do the climb with my oldest son but it was pouring with rain and blowing a gale when we visited so we didn’t dare. It was so windy that the top of the tower felt as though it was swaying in the wind! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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Nicky@Go Live Young December 10, 2018 at 6:52 am

700 steps but a great way to climb the Eiffel Tower. Wonderful photos #FarawayFiles

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