Louvre and Eiffel Tower
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jun 28, 2013 3:00 AM Last Post By: Angelasandy
Jun 24, 2013 4:47 PM
Louvre and Eiffel TowerHi everyone,
Just a few questions about seeing the Eiffel Tower and Louvre. (and yes, I have looked at these places online, read reviews etc - but would like some further info from those of you who have been there).
We are going with our 9 year old girls in mid September and I would like to know whether it's worth (time wise and hassle wise) buying advance tickets to the Louvre online (easy to do - but are there big queues for the Louvre all the time? We're going on a Thursday).
And regarding the Eiffel Tower, I've tried buying tickets online - but they're unfortunately all sold out on the two days that we'll be there! (and I've been checking for the last few months, but just missed it when they were available).
So do you still get a reasonable view of Paris from the 2nd story/tower - which we'll walk up to.
Jun 24, 2013 5:33 PM
1I have been to the Louvre three times and purchased tickets when I arrived there. A couple times there was a line, but I didn't feel it was that long. Once you get into the Louvre there were many machines that sold tickets. I have also heard that early evening is a good time to go to avoid lines. The Louvre is HUGE and as mentioned I have been there three times and I doubt I have seen half of it. I would recommend you do your home work before you go so that you make the best use of your time. I also question how long the Louvre would hold a 9 year olds interest.
I have been to Paris six times and have seen the Tour Eiffel each time, but it was my last trip that I finally went to the top. The lines can be VERY long. I got there first thing in the morning just before they opened and don't think I waited more than twenty minutes. The top and the first level have great views, but I questions if it is really worth the extra time and effort to go all the was to the top. I am glad I did it, but I would not do it again. Remember the line at the top is a long to get back down.
Jun 24, 2013 6:15 PM
2You are going to strike people just like yourself, who come from all over and want to see these famous places.
For me being a Museum type of a guy the Louvre is a must, and the people trying to see it should have started to taper-off in that month, but i have a feeling that you are going to have to line up but the line should not be as long as in high summer.
As for Eiffel Tower it was another question for me, i was not desperate to see it so the crowds did scare me off, and despite many visits to Paris and an extended stay there i am yet to ride to the top.
But Paris is a very flat city, with the only high ground is the hill at Montmartre, and perhaps to have dinner there in a Restaurant with a view might be the way to go?
Jun 24, 2013 7:48 PM
Jun 24, 2013 9:45 PM
Jun 24, 2013 10:36 PM
5This May I was going to Louvre on Wednesday at 10.30 in the morning and the lines were huge. We then walked through the park to L'Orangerie. We were 2nd in line ang bought a 2-days museum pass. Did L'Orangerie and D'Orsay that day. Next morning with the pass we passed the same huge line and walked into the Louvre museum. Spent the whole day there.
Go to Eifel Tower on Sunday evening and to the other side of Seine to the Trocadero. You'll see the fountains on and the Tower glittering in colourfull lights. That's better than the view from the top of the tower. There's also something for the kids to do.
Jun 25, 2013 12:09 AM
6I think the views are just as good, if not better, from the second level than the top. We've been twice and walked up. Arrived about 9am and there was a huge line for the lift and none for the stairs. And the stairs are more fun and the kids much preferred it to being squashed in a lift! The first time we went we bought a ticket on level 2 for level 3 but that was 5 years ago so may have changed.
Jun 25, 2013 6:41 AM
Jun 28, 2013 3:00 AM
8Many thanks for your replies - nice to hear that the views are still good from the second level. And walking isn't a problem - (burn some energy for the kids too).
And yes, I realise that for 9 year olds, the Louvre may not be totally exciting (or is that an understatement), but our girls also know that we will be doing things that we as parents want to do - and that it is an important museum. We obviously aren't planning to be there all day (I know that you could easily spend all day there), and I've been looking into "kids interest" areas within the museum.
Again - many thanks
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