The Eiffel Tower was only supposed to be temporary. Designed by Gustave Eiffel (the same man who designed the Statue of Liberty’s frame) for the 1889 World’s Fair, it was originally supposed to be dismantled after twenty years. It wasn’t, and today it is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions and perhaps the world’s most iconic building. Including the antenna, the tower stands at 324m. It became the tallest building in the world upon completion, surpassing the Washington Monument, and held the title for 41 years. It remains France’s tallest building
No trip to Paris would be complete without taking a ride to the top, where one can look out over the entirety of the city. There are three different floors in the building. The first two house restaurants. On the first floor is Altitude 95 (95m above sea level) and on the second is Jules Verne, which has a Michelin star. The third floor is 276m high. The tower is illuminated at night, which requires 7.8 million kilowatt hours per year. It’s located on the Champ de Mars in the 7th Arrondissement
More than 200,000,000 people have visited the Eiffel tower, making it the most visited monument in the world. Its popularity has spawned many imitators. Replicas of the Eiffel Tower can be seen all over, including in Las Vegas and Disney World.
Telephone: +33 01 14 52 14 90
Metro: Camp de Mars-Tour Eiffel (RER C)
Hours: June 17 through August 28 09:00-00:45; August 29 through June 16 09:30-23:45
Admission (to the top):
€11.80 Young Adults (12-24)
€9.30 Children (4-11)
Free for children under 4.