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Looking down from the Eiffel Tower│© Camille King / Wikimedia Commons
Looking down from the Eiffel Tower│© Camille King / Wikimedia Commons
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Adventurous Tourists Can Now Zip Line From the Eiffel Tower

Picture of Paul McQueen
Updated: 11 June 2018
The Eiffel Tower is already one of the world’s most famous monuments, attracting over seven million visitors every year, but this week it’s stepping up its crowd-pleasing game with a new zip line that connects its second floor with the École Militaire at the end of the Champ de Mars.

Known officially as Le Perrier Smash, this exhilarating ride has been set up to celebrate the French Open tennis tournament currently underway in Paris, and it’s certainly more entertaining than the giant suspended tennis ball than typically marks the event.

The zip line starts roughly a third of the way up the 324-meter structure, the tallest in the capital since it was completed in 1889, at 115 meters (just over 375 feet). A leap into the void then sends daredevils flying over the geometric gardens of the Champ de Mars at speeds of up to 90 kilometers per hour (55 mph)—a velocity that approaches that at which a tennis ball travels after it’s been served by a top player—until they reach a 17-meter-high platform 800 meters away at the École Militaire.

The adrenaline-fueled journey takes just one minute to complete, though the organizers advise setting aside two hours and forty minutes to get up there.

Unfortunately, you can only experience this unique way of seeing the city for a limited time: the last flight will touch down at 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 11. While it lasts, the ride is free and you can enter a drawing to become one of the lucky 100 people to take it every day at the “Espace Perrier,” a makeshift tennis village on the Champ de Mars that will be screening matches and serving cocktails.

Even if you don’t win a ride (or don’t want to because it looks like the craziest thing anyone’s done here since A.J. Hackett illegally bungee jumped from the same level in 1987) you can still enjoy the ambiance of the tennis village and the landmark’s usual attractions: two restaurants, one champagne bar, and a glass-bottomed lookout.

Eiffel Tower from the Champ de Mars │© Tommie Hansen / Wikimedia Commons
Eiffel Tower from the Champ de Mars | © Tommie Hansen / Wikimedia Commons

Le Perrier Smash is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To take a ride on the zip line, you must be: 18 or older, at least 1m40, under 94kg, and in good shape.