Lonely Planet Writer

You can actually zip line for free from the Eiffel Tower for the next week

If seeing the Eiffel Tower wasn’t enough of a rush already, a free zip line has been erected on the second floor of the most iconic monument in Paris, France which will give thrill seekers the opportunity to fly through the air from the tower across to L’École Militaire.

Riding the zip line at the Eiffel Tower, Paris.
A person rides on a zip-line descending from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower to the Plateau Joffre on June 5, 2017 in Paris. Image by AFP/ FRANCOIS/GUILLOT/Getty Images

Set up by the drinks company Perrier, the zip line will whisk visitors through the air at 90km/h, gliding along the 800m-long wire in just 60 seconds. The attraction is open every day until Sunday 11 June to coincide with the French Open tennis tournament.

The Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero
Woman looking at Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero. Image by Hervé Bois/ EyeEm/Getty Images

Branded the Perrier Smash, the ride is meant to mimic the trajectory of a tennis shot where a player slams the ball over the net. Starting at 115m high, the ride eventually falls to just 17m. The zip line is free to use and there are 100 rides available on the wire each day. Participants need to be at least 18 years to ride and must be at least 140cm in height. Those hoping to take part must fill out an online form on www.perrier.com to enter a prize draw to win tickets.

An adrenlin junkie's dream: zip lining from the Eiffel Tower.
New Eiffel Tower zip line opens in Paris. Image byFRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images.

The drinks company has also created a village where more opportunities to try out the Perrier Smash can be won. The Espace Perrier will show the French Open on a giant screen and serve cocktails. The organisers also promise plenty of surprises onsite as well.

Constructed as a temporary exhibit for the World’s Fair in 1889, the 320m-tall Eiffel Tower has gone on to become one of the most iconic pieces of architecture in Paris. Three floors of the tower can be visited by tourists and the more active visitors can ascend as high as the second floor via the 704 stairs of the south pillar.