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Eiffel Tower, Paris

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Also known as the "Iron Woman," Eiffel Tower is an iconic symbol of the City of Lights. You’ve no doubt admired this tower in countless films, but when you see it for the first time you'll be blown away by its magnificent scale and grandeur. Gustave Eiffel built the 325-m (1,063 ft) tower in 1889, and for 40 years this was the tallest structure in the world. As you ascend to the third level, realize you’re climbing to the highest accessible observatory platform open to the public in the entire European Union. On the first and second levels, dine in the restaurants, shop in the boutiques, and enjoy breathtaking city views. An audio guide and an iPhone app in English offer historical and cultural tidbits. Taking the Métro to the Ecole Militiare stop, then strolling up Champ de Mars, is a lovely way to arrive. Plan to see Eiffel Tower and other attractions that appeal to you using our Paris planner .
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  • I've seen it like a million times in all kinds of media just like the rest of the world - but to stand on it and marvel the streets of Paris is an amazing experience. The ticket price is a good value ...  more »
  • It is a very impressive monument, just had the opportunity to visit on the outside, because the lines were endless and wanted to visit more things
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  • There is no way to describe what one feels when it comes to the tower. Beautiful location and beautiful experience. You don't have to get ticket online, we arrived at 9:30 hs schedule in which abren(horario de verano 9hs) and the tail was minimal, so we entered without problem. More at noon the tail becomes endless. So if you want to do it fast go early or late. If you can see the night lights game, begins every hour and lasts 5 minutes.
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  • A must see if you're in Paris! Just the sheer vastness of it if you stand underneath and look up at it! It's free to look at but there's always queues for the various different tours to go up the tower, and varying prices.. ALL worth every penny! There's public amenities nearby the Eiffel Tower itself, and kiosks to get hot and cold beverages, an a few places to eat (which are usually busy too.) Also, there's often some form of entertainment going on.. be it dancers, mime artists, there was a really good magician one time we were there, just give a few euros or what you can afford. They don't hassle you as security is thankfully very tight around this area. It's also worth visiting the viewing point, especially on a clear night.. Breathtaking!
  • Magical place. I waited for more than an hour in the line just to get to the ticket counter and then half an hour more to get to the lift. It was worth every penny. When I get to the top, I felt like I'm in the top of the world. The view from there is mind blowing. It's winter so a bit cold. But my God, if you are a thrill seeker or adventurous it's a must. It's one of the best man made landmarks in the world and it rightly is. Never forget it.......
  • It's definitely an experience, though it's a shame with the works going on at the minute. Security is good, on the ground floor it's very industrial looking compared to the last time we went. Not sure if they are keeping permanent surrounding wall up or not. It used to be all open but I can understand the need to be vigilant at the minute. Steps are hard work if you are not active. I found it easier second time round (2 years after last visit). Views astounding, really nice. Toilets on each floor. Gift shops, expensive drinks @5 euros for a bottle of pop, so if you can carry the weight bring your own bottles. Sure I could feel top floor moving, but stands to reason given how narrow it is. Lifts to go up from second to top floor are jam packed tight. We walked up and down, there was quite a nice breeze on the way down which was well needed on a hot day!
  • The Eiffel tower is the trademark of Paris, France. With the tower being 984ft, it’s kind of hard not to notice it. The tower has a restaurant, radio and television transmitter and more. Gustave A. Eiffel created the tower to enter it in the worlds fair. It was made with wrought iron and had medium wind resistance. Gustave started in 1889 and completed in 1910. Gustave A. Eiffel created the Eiffel Tower. Eiffel oversaw the construction with such success that in 1866 he founded his own company and soon became known for his wrought iron structures. Starting in 1872 he attracted foreign contracts, and in 1877 he created over the Douro River in Porto, Portugal, a steel arch bridge 525 ft in height.The Eiffel Tower is a landmark and an early example of wrought-iron construction on a gigantic scale. It was designed and built by the French civil engineer Gustave Alexandre Eiffel for the Paris World’s Fair of 1889. The tower, without its modern broadcasting antennae, is 984 ft high. The lower section consists of four immense arched legs set on masonry piers. The legs curve inward until they unite in a single tapered tower. Platforms, each with an observation deck, are at three levels; on the first is also a restaurant. The tower, constructed of about 7000 tons of iron, has stairs and elevators. A meteorological station, a radio communications station, and a television transmission antenna, as well as a suite of rooms that were used by Eiffel are located near the top of the tower.
  • What more can you say about the Eiffel Tower that hasn't already been said, it's one of the most iconic symbols of France and probably the most popular tourist attraction in Paris. I've visited the Eiffel Tower in both winter and spring and I'd have to say that I prefer the spring time because it's much more picturesque with all the trees and plants in the surrounding parkland in full bloom. Visiting at night also provides another unique aspect with the Tower all lit up. Be aware that there is usually a very long line to buy tickets to go to the top of the Tower so either get there early or buy your tickets online and skip the queue. There is a lower level that has a restaurant and views over the surrounding area but the viewing platform at the top gives you a better outlook over the city. Overall I enjoyed visiting the Eiffel Tower and will definitely go back next time I'm in Paris even if it's just for a picnic in one of the surrounding parks.
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