Paris’ Eiffel Tower reopens to visitors – what to know before going

by Alice

The Eiffel Tower in Paris has resumed operations, reopening its doors to visitors following a temporary closure prompted by a workers’ strike. The renowned landmark, which shut down last Monday, saw its gates open anew on Sunday after an agreement was reached between its operator and the striking employees.

Reports indicate that the operator of the Eiffel Tower has settled matters with the unions representing its workforce. As part of the agreement, a substantial investment totaling €380 million (approximately $412 million) by the year 2031 has been pledged towards renovation efforts. Moreover, discussions concerning salary adjustments have been promised in response to demands for a proportional increase linked to ticket revenue.


A visit to the top of the iconic tower, inclusive of elevator access, is priced at €29.40 ($31.89) as stated on the attraction’s official website. Apart from enjoying panoramic views from the observation decks, visitors have the option to indulge in culinary experiences at renowned establishments such as the Michelin-starred Le Jules Verne restaurant on the second floor or The Champagne Bar located at the tower’s summit.


Refunds are being issued to individuals who purchased tickets during the closure period from February 19th to February 24th, according to Reuters.


Typically welcoming approximately 6 million visitors annually, with a significant majority hailing from overseas, the Eiffel Tower serves as a focal point for tourism in Paris. Operating hours for admission currently span from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. local time, with the tower itself closing at 11:45 p.m.

Beyond ascending the tower’s heights, tourists exploring Paris can catch glimpses of the Eiffel Tower from various vantage points across the city. These include the Parc de Belleville viewpoint, canal cruises, and the Jardins du Trocadero located just across the Seine River.

The occurrence of the strike coincides with Paris’ preparations to host the Olympic Games, scheduled to commence on July 26th. The anticipation surrounding the event has led to a surge in hotel prices and heightened demand for tickets among travelers.



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