An iconic symbol of France, the Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most recognizable structures. Paris’ tallest building is also the most visited paid monument in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year.
The Eiffel Tower was constructed for the International Exhibition of Paris in 1889, to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution. The design was penned by Gustav Eiffel and out of the 700 submitted proposals, his was unanimously chosen.
The tower is 324m tall, which is the equivalent of an 81-story building, and weighs approximately 10,000 tones. There are three levels for visitors; the first two levels can be accessed by stair or lift, and the highest level is accessible by lift only. All levels offer panoramic views of the city. There are restaurants on the first two floors, including a Michelin-starred swanky eatery.
What is it? A huge tower of exposed latticework made from iron and an internationally recognized symbol of Paris.
When to go? Year-round, with the best time to take in the sweeping view from the Eiffel Tower being just before sunset. After dark, the tower offers a magical vista of the ‘city of light’.
Nearest town: Paris.
Don’t miss: dinner and drinks at Altitude 95 Bar and Restaurant. Sip champagne while the sun sets over the capital of romance.
Bir-Hakeim metro stop is just a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is located 20 miles from Charles de Gaulle Airport, and the easiest and cheapest way to travel is by taking the RER B (light rail system), which takes about 1 hour.