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Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel)

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Updated 02/19/2014

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The Eiffel Tower is to Paris what the Statue of Liberty is to New York and what Big Ben is London: the ultimate civic emblem. French engineer Gustave Eiffel—already famous for building viaducts and bridges—spent two years working to erect this iconic monument for the World Exhibition of 1889.

Because its colossal bulk exudes such a feeling of permanence, you may have trouble believing that the tower nearly became 7,000 tons of scrap metal (it contains 12,000

pieces of metal and 2,500,000 rivets) when the concession expired in 1909. Only its potential use as a radio antenna saved the day; and it still bristles with a forest of radio and television transmitters. Given La Tour’s landmark status, it is equally hard to believe that so many Parisians—including arbiters of taste like Guy de Maupassant and Alexandre Dumas—initially derided the 1,063-foot structure.

Gradually, though, the Tour Eiffel became part of the city's topography, entering the hearts and souls of residents and visitors alike. Today it is most breathtaking at night, when every girder is highlighted in a sparkling display originally conceived to celebrate the turn of the millennium. The glittering light show was so popular that the 20,000 lights were reinstalled for permanent use in 2003. The tower does its electric dance for five minutes every hour on the hour until 1 am.

More recent enhancements are also noteworthy. A major two-year renovation of the first floor, began in 2012, has added a "transparent" floor 187 feet above the esplanade and a pair of new glass-facade pavilions that hug the side of the tower, housing interactive educational areas. A mini turbine plant, four vertical turbine windmills, and eco-friendly solar panels will minimize the tower's carbon footprint, too.

You can stride up 1,700 steps as far as the third floor, but if you want to go to the top you'll have to take the elevator. (Be sure to look closely at the fantastic ironwork.) Although the view of the flat sweep of Paris at 1,000 feet may not beat the one from the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper, the setting makes it considerably more romantic—especially if you come in the late evening, after the crowds have dispersed. Beat the crushing lines by reserving your ticket online. You can also book a guided tour.

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Quai Branly, Paris, 75007, France

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/08–92–70–12–39-€0.34 per min

Sight Details:

  • By elevator: 1st and 2nd levels €9; top €15. By stairs: 1st and 2nd levels only, €5
  • Mid-June–Sept., daily 9 am–12:45 am (11 pm for summit); rest of year, daily 9:30 am–11:45 pm (10:30 pm for summit); stairs close at 6 pm in winter

Updated 02/19/2014

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Nov 8, 2014

Eiffel tower tour in paris

It is totally worth it to take the ride and go to the top, but mind the people that want to do the same! Book a ticket in advance and you will skip the lines and save one or two hours waiting in the line. We arrived prior to the 9:30 am opening time and got in the line for the stairs. The other lines for the lifts were alreay massive. Plus, it's only €5 to walk up. It was 320 steps to the first level and a total of 669 to the second. It wasn't

bad at all as you have time to catch your breath and wander around the first level before continuing up. The walkways are enclosed in chainlink fencing and quite wide so you don't feel closed in at all. There are also lots of interesting posters along the way with facts about the tower. From the 2nd leve we could have paid extra to go to the top but didn't feel the need. We rode the elevator back down and could not believe how the lines had grown. here i want to say that one should visit some best travel guide site before go anywhere. before go there i visit lots of information provider site, among them ''vacationxtravel'' also best to provide the better touring advice about eiffel tower the top tourist attraction in paris. i love vacatioxtravel travel guide.

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Aug 29, 2014

Symbol of Paris and France

the structure called The Iron Lady is named after its designer and architect Gustave Eiffel. Built in 1887 as the flagship of the World’s Fair of 1889, its destiny was to be temporary, but 120 years later, it still dominates Paris and is the global symbol of Parisian romance. Visitors from around the world come to be photographed during day and especially at night, when the tower shines with 1,000 sparkling lights. Its completion was an unusual

technical challenge, erected in just over two years, and represents the pinnacle of metal architecture of the industrial era. Endless source of inspiration for artists, it remains the most visited paid monument in the world. The bust of Gustave Eiffel, sculpted by Bourdelle in 1929, is located at the foot of the north pier.

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Nov 9, 2008

A must

Sure, it's the biggest tourist attraction in Paris -- but there's a good reason for it. Iconic tower, strikingly lit at night. The view from the top is one of the best in the city, and the park it sits in is pleasant enough. Expect very long lines to enter.

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Apr 26, 2006

What ever you do, don't look down!

The Eiffel Tower is the must see attraction in all of Paris. Unbelievable things can happen there. It is a sight you will never forget!!!

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Feb 9, 2006

Best view and good food

The top observation deck helps you id landmarks better than searching on foot. Good food, too.

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Jan 31, 2006

can't visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower

A must see when visiting Paris. Standing under this landmark is an awesome experience. Take the tram up to the 2nd floor at night for a good view. The tower glitters every hour on the hour for 10 minutes. This landmark can be seen from just about everywhere in Paris. There is a cost for the tram to the 2nd floor.

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Jun 8, 2003

The #1 Sight in Paris

This is the best sight in Paris, and maybe Europe. This monument is a must-see because of it's view. You can see for miles from the top. In addition, there is great food at a moderate price on the fourth level. The line moves fast, and it is well worth it. It should be a sin to come to Paris and miss the Tour Eiffel.

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Sep 12, 2002

THE MUST DO OF MUST DO'S!!

No matter how long the lines may be depending on when you go, this is the must do of must do's. Try to pick a clear day if you can but even if it's not the best of days weatherwise, still go up!! It's just an incredible structure and you will most certainly enjoy the ride up and when you get there the views will blow you away! Bob

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