17 Gorgeous Photos of the Eiffel Tower at Night
First built for the World Fair in 1889, many Parisians initially slammed the creation. Author Guy de Maupassant famously calling it "useless and monstruous."
Yet the 250 million people who have visited since its debut might beg to differ. Tourists seem particularly fond of the structure at night, when the tower glows with sparkling lights and illuminates the Champ de Mars. (Even though photographing the nighttime display is technically illegal.)
The Eiffel Tower is open to visitors until 12:45 a.m. in the summer, and until 11:45 p.m. the rest of the year. Those mesmerizing, twinkling lights glow for five minutes every night on the hour until 2 a.m. in the summer, and until 1 a.m. during the rest of the year, according to a Paris tourism website.
Visitors to the Eiffel Tower at night can often enjoy smaller crowds, particularly in Paris' off season of late autumn and early winter (excluding Christmastime).
One of the best places to eat dinner near the Eiffel Tower is the tasteful Jules Verne restaurant, located within the tower itself, and highly rated on both TripAdvisor as well as Yelp. For the best views of the Eiffel Tower at night, however, order a glass of Champagne at the nearby Le Gatsby, or check out Les Ombres, on Quai Branly.
Eiffel Tower Spire
A photograph shows the spire of the Eiffel Tower.
Twinkling lights dazzle visitors every hour on the hour each night.
A view shows the Eiffel Tower from Trocadero.
Sunset Over the Eiffel Tower
There are few better places to watch a sunset.
Crowds at the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower attracts millions of visitors each year.
Vintage Car Cruises By the Eiffel Tower
A vintage car takes a spin near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
View From Notre Dame
The Eiffel Tower shimmers behind the Notre Dame cathedral.
Eiffel Tower Neighborhood
The Eiffel Tower is located in the 7th Arrondissement.
This gorgeous view shows the Eiffel Tower from the banks of the Seine.
Place de la Concorde
The Place de la Concorde is pictured near the Eiffel Tower.
Champ de Mars
The Eiffel Tower is located on the Champ de Mars public park.
Paris' Christmas markets are part of an annual tradition across Europe.
Children can take a ride on this charming, nearby carousel.
Fireworks explode near the Eiffel Tower during special holidays.
Café Near the Eiffel Tower
A typical Parisian café is pictured near the monument.
An aerial image shows the Eiffel Tower at night.
At night, the Eiffel Tower isn't the only part of the City of Light that glows.