Watch out for constant African hawkers trying to sell you crap at ridiculous prices. If you need some tack to take back with you then bargain them down by walking away if they don't accept your offer.
Ruins the area for strolling around though
Unique Suggestions: Get used to ignoring people if they are hassling you to buy
The horrid lines for the eiffel tower may leave you waiting for hours to get on the lift. There's a better (and tastier) alternative
Unique Suggestions: make a reservation at the restaurant on the Eiffel tower - you won't make it to the top, but the view is fantastic, the food is suprisingly delicious, and you don't have to wait in line to take the elevator!!! The restaurant is called Altitude 95, and reservations are required. call 01 45 55 20 04
It was hard to enjoy the tower with vendors constantly badgering me. They would follow me with all kinds of odd trinkets that could be bought elsewhere in the city for much less.
Unique Suggestions: Ignore the vendors and keep moving.
That metal tower in the background. Hard to not find.
Unique Suggestions: Expect to wait in a long line.
Expect to have incredible, breathtaking views.
Perhaps choose to eat in the restaurant Jules Verne (take the private elevator in the south pillar). Reserve first-- 33 (0)1 45 55 61 44. Bring lots of money.
Fun Alternatives: visit virtually: http://www.tour-eiffel.fr/teiffel/uk/
Hmm... usually it's necessary to wait looong (more then 1 hour) to enter Eiffel Tower.
And then on the second level additional waiting (I was waiting about 40 min.) to enter the lift to the top.
Imagine: number of visitors in 2001 - 6,103,987 (= approx. 16,723 each day)
But believe me it's worth of such inconveniences.
Unique Suggestions: Better come at 8.30am-9.00am - much less people.
Fun Alternatives: Go to the top of Montparnasse building or go to La Défense and get the lift to the top of La Grande Arche de La Défense - but it's not the same.
When you visit the Eiffel Tower, there are so many beggars and pickpockets in the centre. It is like Traffalger Square with the pidgeons. Never give them any money. The women generally have babys and toddlers that they have drugged. They can get quite aggressive when you tell them where to go.
Louvre, the Eiffel, Notre Dame.. But one should really see them! You know everyone is going to ask, did you go to the top of Eiffel, and did you see Mona Lisa... My opinion is that the Eiffel is most beautiful seeing from a distance.
Well, let me tell you about one instance at the Eiffel Tower. There was this keychain, and it was just simply the tower and a key ring, which at the Eiffel Tower gift shop cost 8USD. I went down the road and found it for 1USD at a gift shop near the metro!
The Eifel Tower is a very hotspot for the city. It's not really a tourist trap but it does get awfully busy. I rode the elevator up to the second level and walked the rest of the way up. Very beautiful up there! :)
I know not everyone will agree with me but I think it is not worth the wait to go up the Eiffel Tower. I've been twice which was about 1-1/2 times too many. I guess the first time was ok because it was late and there was not much of a wait. But the second time I went we spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to get up there. Then once you get up there, you are so high up that you really don't have such a good view of anything. It is better to climb to the top of Notre Dame for a city view. The impressive part of the Eiffel Tower is what you can see from the ground.
Za popeti se na Tour Eiffel treba cekati jako puno na lift. Do prvog i drugog kata mozete i pijeske (sto je vrlo interesantno i nije bas toliko naporno kako mnogi misle). Za ulaz pijeske (1994.god.) trebalo mi je izdvojiti samo 12F.
- Ako vec idete u Pariz bolje da sav nakit ostavite kod kuce, jer su ceste pljacke po metroima (po danu i po noci) i to cak i oruzane...
Watch out for the Eiffel tower. Enormous queues all year round. I know you have to go right to the top, but the view
is rarely that wonderful. Try the view from the top of the
Arc de Triomphe, far better, although steps only. 250 of them. Also from the Basilica do Sacre Couer. Views are not so far reaching, but I think far better.
Travel on the metro. By far the best mode of transport. Buy a carnet which comprises 10 tickets for about 15F. Very
good value. You can also buy children's carnets which are cheaper. You will need to order in french. The staff rarely speak English on the metro.
The Eiffel Tower. No, this isn't big news -- we all know that Tour D'Eiffel is much like The Empire State Building. But, again, why refuse to go see it just because we all know it's a tourist trap. Personally, I'm glad we went. It didn't take more than 20 minutes out of our day. We didn't ride to the top, which I'm told is quite a treat. But we did marvel at its size and don't regret the visit, despite the fact that we could have been somewhere else.
Well, these are the best tourist traps in the world and worth whatever the asking price ..
No trip is complete without the following:
Some africans and indians sell souvenirs...nice blinking tour eiffel etc... Don't hesitate to bargain. I got two tour eiffel for the price of one once...