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Trip Report Report from Paris- Going up Eiffel Tower During Euro Cup

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We just arrived in Paris yesterday evening. I know others had the same questions I did regarding how the Euro Cup and fan zone would affect going up the Eiffel Tower so I thought I'd share our experience. It was the top item on our 13&14 yr olds list of what they wanted to do.

We had not prebooked any tickets not knowing our timing. We are staying near the Louvre and took the metro over. M1 to FDR; M9 to Trocadero. We wanted to give the kids the money short for their first view of it. As we transferred at FDR and again at Trocadero, the station was inundated with No Ireland and German fans as their match had recently ended. Germany won 1-0 but you'd never be able to tell. Hordes of green shirts were singing the same tune over iand over in celebration, banging on the sides of the escalators as they went up. It was all quite festive until the 50th rendition of the same song. At Trocadero, fans in poly jerseys were everywhere. As we walked over to the tower, hawkers had buckets of beer bottles for sale, 1 euro each, along with the normal Eiffel Tower trinkets.

At the tower, I have to assume the current setup is not the norm. The entire perimeter is barricaded. You have to enter at a security checkpoint at the right leg as you approach from river. Females go to one side, males to the other. You are patted down very well (kids too) before someone checks your bags. Then you go through a booth where your bags are checked again and someone goes over you with metal detector wand. Once we were through that, the entire square felt very empty. The ticket booth for the elevator had a line that snaked back and forth but it really didn't look too bad and did not extend beyond the snake part of the line.

Our kids wanted to take the stairs (lucky us!) and there was zero wait to buy tickets and head up. You had to put your bags through a X-ray machine and walk through a detector. This might be the norm when the Euro Cup isn't going on.

I just checked our receipt and we bought our tickets at 9:26. The climb really wasn't bad and did not take as long as I thought it would. We walked around the perimeter at the first and second levels and bought our tickets to the summit, again no wait. The wait for the summit elevator was less than 10 minutes (there were lines on both sides going to one elevator bank and, much to our dismay, we realized the other line was much shorter when we got to the elevator) and we were on the summit by 10:05. Sunset was at 10 and the light show went off as we waited for the elevator.

The views at sunset were great. the views of the fan zone were also great. I think 2 goals were scored while we were there and you could hear the fans erupting in cheers. It was crowded at the top but I have to imagine not as much as normal.

Learning our lesson about two lines merging to one bank, we chose wisely on the way down and practically walked into the next elevator to glares from people waiting in a longer line on the other side. Then had another 5-10 min wait to descend from the second level.

Overall, the experience was great. To be at the summit 40 min after arriving in mid June was completely unexpected.

I guess N Ireland made it through to the second round because on our way home we noticed their chant had changed to "we're not going home!" over and over.

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