The Gateway to Paris

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One of the most recognizable structures in the world, the Eiffel Tower, was created to be the entrance arch for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World Fair). Named after Gustave Eiffel, the building’s contractor, the tower was not originally well received with many Parisians disliking its bold design. Originally intended to last only 20 years the tower’s life was extended with the introduction of radio transmissions and the realization that it would be an excellent transmission tower.

The tower itself is a functioning building housing restaurants, a special events area and multiple observation areas. There are two ways up and down the tower – stairs and elevators. If you are afraid of open heights, I would suggest the elevators.

The view from the tower is wonderful at anytime of the day but it is a wonderful place to watch the sun set over the city.

There are three levels – the first, second and top.  You can purchase three different levels of tickets. The first level takes you as high as the second floor by elevator and the second level takes you to the top by elevator and third allows you to take the stairs to the second floor. Prices vary so check out the website for more information. I would highly recommend purchasing your tickets beforehand as they can sell out.  Also, be very aware of pickpockets as they take advantage of the crowds.

Some quick facts:

  • The tower is 324 metres tall including its antennas.
  • Over 7 million people visit each year.
  • The total weight of the tower is 10,100 tonnes.
  • If you choose to take the stairs it is 1,665 steps.
  • There are elevators in each of the tower’s pillars with a private elevator to the Jules Verne restaurant in the south pillar.
  • At night over 20,000 bulbs light up the tower for five minutes every hour on the hour from nightfall until 1 a.m. Definitely worth checking out.

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Eiffel Tower and Dining:

There are four different dining opportunities each serving different needs and different price ranges.

  1. Les buffets: a variety of small shops on the esplanade and the first and second floors, open Monday to Sunday 9:30 11:30 p.m.
  2. 58 Tour Eiffel: a brasserie on the first floor that serves up a variety of foods and dining experiences.
  3. Le Jules Verne: fine dining on the second floor with an excellent view of the city. Reservations are recommended.
  4. Champagne Bar: enjoy a glass of champagne at the very top of the tower with an amazing view of the city.

lights night

Visit the official Eiffel Tower website for more information also visit iTunes and download the Eiffel Tower app for a full guided tour.

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5 Avenue Anatole
Paris, France, 75007

About Stephanie Baxter

I love to travel - finding new places and meeting new people, and then sharing that information with others.

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