Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ice skating on the Eiffel Tower! One of the coolest experiences in Paris.

The ice skating rink on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower

One of the coolest winter activities has returned to Paris -- ice skating on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower! In between your camel spins and double Axels, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or sip a glass of champagne while admiring the view of the Champ de Mars and the golden dome of Les Invalides. For an extra special evening, time your visit to coincide with the twinkling of the Eiffel Tower's lights. This magical sight happens every hour on the hour, for five minutes.

If you're in shape, take the stairs to the first floor 57 meters (187 feet) above the city of Paris. Admission to the rink and the use of skates is included in the 5 euro ticket price. Otherwise, you can take the elevator to the second floor and walk back down to the first floor.

The ice skating rink on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower

Be sure to bundle up and take gloves because the temperature drops as you ascend the tower. If you get overly cold, warm up while watching a film about the history of the Eiffel Tower. It's shown in the room located above the gift store, directly across from the restrooms.

For a casual lunch from 21 euros or dinner from 80 euros, the restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel is located on the same floor as the ice skating rink. Reservations are highly recommended if you would like a table near the window. There are also self-service buffets with limited seating on the first and second floors.

Until February 15, 2015, the 190m² ice skating rink is open every day from 10:30 am until 10:30 pm. The 6 meter (20 feet) shimmering red Eiffel Tower near the rink is a good spot for photos.

Eiffel Tower ice skating rink

Advance ticket sales for access to the second and top floors. Stair entrance tickets, which give visitors access to the first and second floor, are not sold online.

Important notice: Access to the top floor of the Eiffel Tower will be closed from January 12 - 30, 2015.

By metro to the Eiffel Tower
Line 6, metro station "Bir-Hakeim" : if you take this line, which runs above ground, you’ll get a view of the Eiffel Tower as you approach the Bir-Hakeim station. It's always an exciting moment!
Line 9, metro station "Trocadéro"

The ice skating rink on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower

5 comments:

  1. Looks great. Can you bring your own skates?

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    1. I didn't see anyone using their own skates but it seems as if it would be alright.

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  2. So exciting! My favourite activity to do in Paris by far! How often do you come here to skate?

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