The Eiffel Tower is the symbol and the most famous monument in Paris. This tower was built between 1887 and 1889 by the engineer Gustave Eiffel as a temporary structure on the occasion of the 1889 Universal Exposition. The exhibition had been organized to celebrate the centenary of the French Revolution. The tower was to be demolished after 20 years. But being useful for radio communications the structure was maintained beyond the deadline.
The tower is located in the Champ de Mars near the Seine, it is a huge iron tower 324 meters high. This has been the tallest structure in the world for 40 years and is still the tallest building in Paris.
7,300 tons of iron were used to build the tower. The top of the tower, the third floor, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city, can be reached by elevators or alternatively by taking all the 1652 steps. The tower has two restaurants one on the first and one on the second floor. On the third floor, at a height of 274 meters there is a panoramic terrace.
To the south of the Eiffel Tower, the Champ de Mars extend, the part closest to the Tower has English gardens with paths and ponds. While approaching the Ecole Militaire building there are wide geometric avenues characteristic of the French-style park. The Ecole Militaire was built between 1751 and 1773 by the architect Jacques-Ange Gabriel.
The Eiffel Tower is open from 9 to 9.30 in the morning until 11.45 / 0.45 in the evening. You can climb the tower by lift or via stairs. The cost of tickets to reach the second floor of the tower by lift costs 16.30 Euros. While to reach the top floor of the tower the tickets cost 25.50 Euros. There are reduced rates for children and teens.
HOW TO GET:
To reach the Eiffel Tower (here the official website) you can use the metro stations of Bir-Hakeim, Trocadero and École Militaire.