Eiffel Tower

Paris France Tourist Information and City Guide

The most iconic city landmark in Paris France is the Eiffel Tower.  This breathtaking monument was built for the 1889 World's Fair.  It remains the city's most popular tourist attraction.

The Eiffel Tower was designed by Gustave-Alexanre Eiffel, who also did the framework for the Statue of Liberty in New York City.

When construction of the tower was completed in 1889, the 75 story high tower became the tallest structure in the world.   This gigantic structure weighs 7,000 tons and rises to some 317 meters (1,040 feet).

Eiffel Tower, Paris France
Eiffel Tower, Paris France

The Eiffel Tower consists of three floors or landings. Elevators run up its massive legs carrying visitors to each of the three viewpoints.  People looking for a memorable challenge can alternatively use the stairs.

The tower has two restaurants.  The Altitude 95 restaurant is located on the first landing.  The Jules Verne restaurant can be found on the second floor.

There is also a 20 meter high radio/TV transmitter at the top of the tower.

Eiffel Tower in Paris
Eiffel Tower Base

The cost of admission to the Eiffel Tower depends on how far up the tower you wish to go and whether you wish to ride the elevator or climb the stairs.

There are frequently long queues to visit the tower.  Fortunately, one can purchase tickets online in advance of your visit.  It's advisable to reserve a date and time at least 36 hours prior to arrival.

Visitors to the Eiffel Tower should mind their belongings and watch out for pickpockets.  Pickpockets are known to prey on tourists around the tower and at other premier tourist attractions in Paris.

There are many other attractions located in the Eiffel Tower District of Paris.


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