Paris visit without waiting: Catacombs, Louvre and Eiffel Tower without queuing
If you are planning a city trip to Paris or want to make a short detour to Paris at the weekend, you often ask yourself if it is helpful or even necessary to book tickets for the Parisian sights such as the Musee du Louvre, the catacombs or the Eiffel Tower online in advance. The fact is: Paris will again be one of the most popular destinations in Europe in 2015. Every day, thousands of tourists roam the streets and quarters of this impressive French metropolis and, above all, in front of the city's main attractions, numerous visitors wait in long queues to admire, for example, the paintings of numerous international artists in the Louvre or to enjoy the best view of the city from the Eiffel Tower. Those who do not want to spend their time in queues and are looking for a way to avoid waiting times in Paris should order or reserve tickets for both the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower without queuing in advance.
Useful tips for visiting the Eiffel Tower
In 2014, almost 7 million people visited the Eiffel Tower. Only the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and the Notre-Dame Cathedral enjoy even greater popularity among the sights in Paris. We have summarised here what you should bear in mind when visiting the Eiffel Tower.
There are basically two ways to reduce the waiting time at the Eiffel Tower. There are 704 steps to climb to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. Whoever is confident enough to make this ascent has the possibility to buy tickets at the southern foot of the Eiffel Tower, at the "pilier sud", and usually without queuing to get the best view over Paris. The price for the tour on foot is 5 Euro for adults, children up to 11 years pay 3 Euro and young people between 12 and 24 3.50 Euro. Please note that the ascent on foot is only possible up to the 2nd floor. From here you have to take an elevator and book another ticket for 5,50 Euro per person if you want to go higher. Attention: if you are not particularly fit or are travelling with children or elderly people, we recommend that you do not visit the Eiffel Tower on foot. There is another way to visit the Eiffel Tower without queuing.
Tickets for the elevator ride to the top of the Tour Eiffel can be purchased at the "pilier nord" directly on site at the Eiffel Tower. Prices for the ride are 14 euros for adults and 9.50 euros for children, teenagers pay 12.50 euros. With this ticket you go directly up to the 2nd floor. Here you change to another elevator that will take you to the top of the Eiffel Tower. If you do not book a ticket in advance, you may have the misfortune to wait up to 2 hours in the Eiffel Tower queue. While tickets for the ascent on foot are only available at the Eiffel Tower itself, you can order tickets for the Eiffel Tower without queuing in advance via the Internet. Unfortunately, you will not save any money on the entrance fee, but you will enjoy a much more relaxed visit to the Eiffel Tower. Choose the starting time for your ticket in advance and receive a short introduction to Parisian landmarks before the tour.
Unqueued tickets for the Louvre
The Louvre Museum is similar to the Eiffel Tower. In front of the entrance of the Louvre, many visitors often wait in order to admire the numerous paintings in the Louvre with or without a guide. But also here there are ways to pass the long queues. Tickets are available without queuing, allowing direct access via the entrance at the pyramid. You can book a single ticket for the Louvre without queuing or a complete tour with a German-speaking guide. A guided tour of the Louvre in German also saves you a lot of planning time. The Louvre is incredibly large, so you can't possibly see all the paintings without paintings in the Louvre in one day. A guide will show you the most important and beautiful works of famous artists on a tour so that you will not get lost in the numerous rooms of the Louvre. Other combination packages include further sights without queuing, a hop on hop off city tour on the Seine or in a double-decker and a ticket without queuing for the Eiffel Tower. For visitors who are in the city for at least two days, we recommend the Paris City Pass, which gives you free travel on the metro and free access to more than 60 sights and attractions without queuing.
Save waiting time in front of the catacombs of Paris
Deep below Paris there is a tunnel system that has served many purposes for the city of Paris throughout its history. The catacombs in Paris are also popular with tourists. The nested system is very complex and it is not recommended to try to find a way through the catacombs on your own. Guided tours through the catacombs not only save you waiting time, they also open up a world far away from modern attractions such as the Louvre and Eiffel Tower with exciting stories and facts about the tunnels under Paris.
Our tip: If you want to visit the catacombs without queuing, book the tour in German with a Parisian guide.