Reflections On My Paris Trip Day 5: The Eiffel Tower Has A Lot Of Stairs

Continuing my week of reflections on my recent Paris trip, I would just like to say that the Eiffel Tower has lots of stairs. Lots and lots of stairs. You can’t climb all the way to the top by the stairs, in fact you can only go to the second level of the tower by the stairs, but believe me…after you climb to the second level of the tower you wouldn’t want to climb any more stairs. You are satisfied with the view you have at that point.

Not everyone even knows that you can climb the stairs of the tower. It’s cheaper, but takes a while. You can wait to take the elevator from the bottom all the way up, climb some stairs and then wait to take an elevator the rest of the way, and so on.

When the wife and I went this time, we hadn’t bought elevator tickets in advance. To be honest, we weren’t sure we wanted to and even advance tickets involve a LOT of waiting. However, when we got there, only one elevator was in service. That meant even more waiting. The waiting only got worse if you didn’t have an advance ticket. Hell, we waited in line for an hour and that was just for the stairs.

Anyway, after buying our 5 Euro stair tickets, we started climbing. I have to say, it was kind of cool. You got to watch Paris on the walk up, something that goes by rather quick from the elevator I’m sure. But, still, there were a lot of stairs. There were a lot of stairs to the first level. Then we rested. Then there were even more stairs to the second level. Many, many more stairs.

In fact, there seems to be some confusion about the number of stairs. I visited a number of sites that each claimed to know the number of climbable stairs in the Eiffel Tower (as opposed to maintenance stairs that are not accessible to the public), and each listed a different number. One estimate was around 2500 round trip. My wife claims that the total is closer to 1400 round trip from the ground to the second floor and back. Either way, it was a lot of stairs.

That’s really all I want to say. It was fun, but it was a lot of stairs. Also, we didn’t get many pictures from the highest point we went to because we forgot to charge the camera battery before we left. At this point, I’m good with that. I felt no need to charge the camera battery and climb again.


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2 Responses to Reflections On My Paris Trip Day 5: The Eiffel Tower Has A Lot Of Stairs

  1. mercadee says:

    We visited the Eiffel Tower on a Monday in April 2007 about 11:00 a.m. Only one ticket window for the elevators was open and it had a LONG line. Over at the South Foot where the yellow awning is for the Jules Verne restaurant is the entrance to the stairs. We decided to hoof it up the stairs rather than wait in those long lines. It’s only 4 euros or so to go up the stairs. My sister and I are in our 50’s and no marathoners but we took our time and were up to the 1st level in 5 minutes, rested and looked around, etc and then another 5 minutes to the 2nd level. One of our travel mates bought a ticket on the 2nd level (they have automated machines, exact change counters, or regular ticket booths for this) to go all the way up. The later in the day it gets the more crowded it gets for the elevator to the very top. I agree that the 2nd level view was just fine and didn’t need to go to the top. It was beautiful and worth the experience of walking the stairs … I thought it made it even more special. There are snack bars on the 1st & 2nd level and bathrooms on the 1st level for sure. Post office too! If you walk across the bridge to Trocadero station, you get a great full length view of the tower! Enjoy!

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