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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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  • Second time I went but never ceases to amaze me! Value of the cheapest but worth every penny! Try to go when you're with open sky
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  • this was the highlight of our paris trip. Always book tickets online to avoid lines. We had dinner at Eiffel. It was nice and expensive. It was the cost of the experience u get than the food all toget...  more »
  • We booked our visit. The booking site requires that we specify the date and time at which we will visit (or and non-refundable). We arrived on the spot time and time to get through. This is fast enough (+/-15 min a Sunday night): the first elevator... it arrived on the 2nd floor that is complicated to... I don't know how many people they count in the elevator "access Summit" but an hour after we had done 10 meters; the line which lay before us was still on at least 1 h 30! What I find outrageous: do not schedule impose if you fail! Tell people when they book the minimum time they must provide? The leader Cup ticket doesn't help (except maybe school holidays): we had ahead of the people who came to arrive and take their ticket at the ticket office outside! > where is the priority? We had this option for my daughter who was 10 years old on this day and we found the nice idea of being at the top of the Eiffel Tower for the occasion! Result, we have seen that the 2nd floor, and she was disappointed!
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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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