Eiffel Tower Paris

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is to Paris what the Statue of Liberty is to New York-an iconic structure which is also great fun to climb to the top of for unrivalled views of France’s capital city!

Built by its namesake, Gustave Eiffel between 1887 and 1889, this impressive tower is made of iron and stands 324 metres (1,063 feet) to the very top of the antenna on its ‘roof’. The Eiffel Tower was the tallest construction in the world for many years until 1930 when another iconic structure, the Chrysler Building , opened in New York . The Eiffel Tower remains the tallest structure in Paris , though its height has now been surpassed by many other towers and buildings around France and the world.

Eiffel Tower France

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The Eiffel Tower was built to mark the hundred year celebration of the French Revolution and was given permission to stand for the following 20 years. The City of Paris whole heartedly intended that it would be taken down at the end of this 20 year period, but it had become useful as a communications tower and hence was it decided to keep it there. Little did they know at the time how culturally significant the Eiffel Tower would become, attracting more than 200 million visitors since it opened in 1889.

Eiffel Tower at Sunrise

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Although the Eiffel Tower is quite a spectacle to look at from the ground, the best thing about it is being able to go to the top! Unfortunately advance bookings are not accepted so visitors are admitted on a first come first served basis. This can mean very long waits during peak periods. There are elevators to the first and second floors from three sides of the tower and stairs on the fourth, then a separate elevator to the top floor, though again you will have to queue for this.

Visitors can also enjoy one of the two restaurants on the Eiffel Tower-Altitude 95 is on the first floor at an elevation of 95m (113 feet), whilst the Jules Verne is on the second floor and is noted as being a very expensive gastronomical restaurant with its own private elevator!

Beautiful Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower is situated in the 7 th arrondissement of Paris . The nearest metro stations are Bir-Hakeim and Ecole Militaire.

Just mention of the Eiffel Tower people think of Paris, The City Of Lights. This landmark, located in Paris , France , was designed by and named after Gustave Eiffel. Getting to the tower is possible in a number of ways in you are in Paris . By bus, you can take the 42, 69, 72, 82 or 87 bus to the monument. By taxi, take station Quai Branly. By car, there are several motor routes to get to the Eiffel Tower by the following metro routes: Ligne 6 Bir-Hakeim Duplex, Ligne 6 et 9 Trocadero and Ligne 8 Ecole Militaire. For RER, Ligne C station Champ de Mars- Tour Eiffel.

Eiffel Tower  in Paris

The tower boats several levels for visitors to explore, the ground floor, first and second floor and top level. Starting a tour of the tower on the ground floor, you can find the bust of Gustave Eiffel along with a souvenir shop for a momento of your visit. On the first floor there is the Observatory of the Tower Top Movement, which has a laser that shows the movement of the tower. This laser FerOscope which includes interactive videos, light shows and video glasses. Here you can also see the Cineiffel; a cinematic view point Paris ‘s iconic Eiffel Tower. There is also exhibitions of the Tower included on this particular floor as well as a second souvenir shop. On the second floor there is a snack bar, the famous Le Jules Verne Restaurant, animated window scenes and internet access stations.

Opera National de Paris

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The top floor is the show stopper. Here is a representation of Gustave Eiffel’s office, panoramic indicators and viewpoint indicators. There are also numerous other attractions in the City of Lights, including the Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Obelisque de Luxor, Opera National de Paris, Pantheon, and the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens.

Date posted: 4th March, 2016

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