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The Best Time to Visit the Eiffel Tower

Published on March 31, 2015 by Ralph and Karen

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Photo by James Whitesmith on Flickr.

As vacation rental owners in Paris, we field this question all the time: when should we visit the Eiffel Tower? When you visit Paris, the Eiffel Tower can't be skipped. Unfortunately, every visitor knows that and thus the crowds are nothing to sneeze at.

The short answer to this common question?

Aim for early morning (the tower opens at 9 a.m. in summer, and 9:30 in fall, winter, and spring). Also aim for a weekday. And, if it all possible, aim to be here in fall (October) or early spring (March). Two out of these three is great; all three is better if you want a chance to have the Eiffel Tower all to yourself.

Another option: buy your tickets in advance. (If the Eiffel Tower website has sold all of its skip-the-line tickets, try Viator. They offer tour packages with some history lessons thrown in, too.)

The lines to ascend to the summit of the famous Tour de Eiffel are often endless (or close to it) because you purchase tickets in three stages, one for each segment of the tower. A two or three hour wait—or longer—to purchase these tickets is not unheard of, especially in June and July. If you buy the tickets in advance, you can bypass much of the hassle.

 

Meet The Author
Hello! We are Ralph and Karen, an Anglo-American couple who fell in love with Paris and France over 20 years ago. Work-related trips brought us here, but we kept coming back for holidays, then extended visits, and then… In 2005, we decided nothing was stopping us from buying a place of our own in Paris. Lots of research, learning, and many kilometers of sneaker-rubber later, we put our house in the United States on the market. It sold in 10 days, and we found our apartment in Montmartre two months later. After a massive, year-long renovation project and its many challenges, we hit our biggest bump yet. As it turned out, we had to stay based in the US after all. Our lovingly remodeled apartment in Paris became a place where we returned only for short visits. In 2008, we started renting to guests—travelers like we once were (we always preferred apartments over expensive, cramped hotels). And the rest, as they say, is history. Le Trésor de Montmartre has proved quite popular, to the extent that we have trouble finding a break in the booking calendar to stay there ourselves! In the midst of this, we found Nice. After several holidays in and around Nice, we thought, why not buy a pied-à-terre in the area? Despite the challenges involved in renovating from afar—which we knew very well at that point—we jumped in again in late 2010. After another renovation, another year, and hundreds more gray hairs between us, we added Le Trésor de Nice to our rental portfolio. A year so so later we picked up 3 other apartment to manage. We hope you find the properties inviting, and hope even more that you will come see them for yourselves! Please get in touch with questions, or to book your stay at one of our apartments. We’d be happy to share our insider knowledge of these places we love so much.
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