Quintessential symbol of the City of Lights, the Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument in the world, and in history.
It's hard to imagine that this monument, built in 1889 for the World's Fair (Exposition Universelle) celebrating the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, was only supposed to stand for twenty years.
In fact, one of the original criteria stipulated for the Eiffel Tower Paris France was that it could be easily demolished. Thank goodness that by 1909 the tower proved valuable for radio communication and so was allowed to stand.
Good thing, too, because during the Battle of the Marne in 1914 the French military sent signals from the tower to the Parisian taxis that shuttled French troops to the front line, where they stopped the German advance toward Paris.
The ET is so popular that images and replicas of it appear all over the world. In fact, the reason we say the full phrase – Eiffel Tower Paris France – is to distinguish it from replicas, most notoriously the one in Las Vegas USA.
And now, after 123 years of adoration, replication, vilification and exploitation, there's renovation. The first floor of the Eiffel Tower (Stage 1) is undergoing a major refurbishment in 2012, to create an even better visitor experience.
The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument in the world, and the line-ups are daunting.
The best way to avoid the lines is to book a tour before you leave home. Your guide will whisk you past the crowds, into the elevator and up the tower. You don't want to waste your time in Paris waiting in lines!
A great monument like the Eiffel Tower Paris France is going to have a great history.
Learn about the $800 design award for the first place entry. Read about the 1887 protests by leading authors and writers. Marvel at the bungee jumps, parachute jumps, radio signals and balloon launching!
250 workers. 2 years 2 months 5 days. 200,000,000 people. 300 meters…
A great monument also has fascinating stories, facts, details and more information than you probably ever need to know!
Three different colors of paint?
The Eiffel Tower Paris France is open every day, so you can visit at your leisure.
Just remember, though, that a lot of other people will have the same leisure and the line up will be long. There are a couple of ways to help reduce the wait. Our favorite is to book a guided tour and avoid all other hassles of tickets and line.
Alternately, you can buy your tickets online in advance of your visit. You're able to buy tickets up to two weeks in advance, and to choose from about 20 specific times of day, from morning to 9:30 at night. You can then print out your tickets before you leave home. Online ticket sales »
Adult ticket prices are 8.20€ for the elevator to the 1st and 2nd Levels, or 13.40€ to get you all the way to the top. Stair tickets (which only get you to Level 2) are listed as 4.70€. (We have been there in the off-season and found the stairs were free. You might get lucky! That is, if you're the type of person who considers climbing 704 steps a lucky thing.)
Climbing the stairs is not only a great workout, but a way to see the tower in a different way. You get a real feeling for the construction of the tower and even what it must have been like to work on it. And the views are fanstastic!
Put these things together:
2. Top of the Eiffel Tower
And what do you get? We think the answer might well be bliss.
There is a champagne bar at the very top of the Eiffel Tower open from noon to 10 pm where you can take a glass of brut or rosé while gazing over the City of Light, the City of Love and the City of Champagne!
Paris celebrated its Millenium in 1999.
As part of the celebration a brand new light show was fitted to the Eiffel Tower and, on New Year's Eve, the Eiffel Tower Paris France erupted like a cake with a thousand candles, like a firecracker, like a sparkler… you get the idea.
Fireworks were set off all up and down the Tower, and 20,000 sparkling blue and white lights were switched on. And that wasn't all. High-powered searchlights had been installed on the top and they began rotating like a helicopter.
Today the searchlights are on every night, turning the Eiffel Tower into a beacon. And on the hour, every hour, the sparkling light show can be seen from every corner of Paris for five minutes.
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