You can also visit the most popular landmark in Paris at night. Exciting, isn't it ?
If you have the opportunity, don't miss this surprising experience of going up the Eiffel Tower at night. Whether or not it's your first time, it's always enchanting and you see the City of Lights with fresh eyes. Seeing the lit-up tower from the base is already a show in itself, but nothing compares to the sensation of looking down over the whole city from atop the Iron Lady in her twinkling mantle.
Lit by more than 300 spotlights arranged along its girders, the tower takes on a gold sheen as soon as night falls. Cones of light highlight the structure and reveal it in a new light, both from the bottom and from the second level, where the tower's curved silhouette serves up an unbeatable view. Visiting the Eiffel Tower at night also allows you to observe the movements of the light beam emitted by the beacon at the top of the tower. Its 50-mile range illuminates the clouds and the city in its hypnotic sweep.
Visitors are treated to a surprise at the top of each hour: 20,000 bulbs twinkle and light up the tower in a spectacular choreography. The installation was designed to commemorate the new year in 2000, but was made permanent at the behest of Parisians who had fallen for this extra touch of magic.
More ephemeral light displays also embellish the Iron Lady form time to time, for celebrations or commemorations such as the Rugby World Cup, Chinese New Year or, more recently, to pay respects to the victims of the November 2015 attacks. On these occasions, the tower is transformed into a powerful symbol of national unity, rallying Parisians behind the colors of its display.
Ascending the monument as night falls also means you can watch the sun set over the city as the lights gradually flicker on. This romantic, magical moment will appeal to lovers, photography lovers and anyone looking to see the capital from a new perspective. Paris's other illuminated monuments can be seen from the top: the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra Garnier, the Louvre, Notre Dame de Paris and many others. In December, the city's Christmas lights enhance the display and light up the Christmas markets and major thoroughfares like the Champs Elysées.
You can visit the Eiffel Tower by night any time of year. Imagine the surreal beauty of the roofs of Paris coated with a fine dusting of snow that glistens under the moonlight, or the languorous spectacle of the capital on a cool summer night.
Unless weather conditions or special safety considerations prevent it, you can visit the tower up to midnight from mid-June to early September and up to 11:00 pm the rest of the year. The hours of operation are also extended to midnight during Easter weekend and spring break. With a nighttime visit to the Eiffel Tower, the City of Lights has never been so deserving of its name!