The Eiffel Tower (la Tour Eiffel) is the most visited tourist attraction in the world and ranks high on the list of places to visit in France. It’s hard to think that when the edifice was originally displayed, it was condemned as a monstrosity. Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel constructed the renowned tower for the 1889 Paris Exhibition, which commemorated the French Revolution’s centennial.
The tower is made up of 18,000 iron parts that weigh over 10,000 tonnes and are fastened together by 2.5 million rivets. This unique structure is now regarded as a brilliant architectural achievement and the most iconic sight in Paris. The tower was the world’s highest skyscraper until the Empire State Building was built, reaching a height of 324 metres.
The Eiffel Tower is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for first-time visitors. Many people are taken aback when they see the four gigantic pillars that support this 10,100-ton monument as they arrive at the esplanade (where the Information Desk is located).
To get to the first level (57 metres), you can take the elevator or walk up the 360 steps. There are public facilities, a gift store, a cafeteria, a brasserie restaurant, and outdoor seating to take in the views on this level.
The Eiffel Tower’s second level (at 115 metres) is reached through a 344-step stairway or an elevator journey from the first level. This level offers comparable services to the first, with the exception that the observation platforms provide a better view of more Parisian landmarks (such as Notre-Dame, the Louvre, and the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur), and there is a fine-dining restaurant.
Le Jules Verne, a Michelin-starred culinary restaurant, serves superb contemporary French cuisine in a magnificent setting. The dining rooms of the restaurant include large windows that allow views of the Eiffel Tower’s structural beams and the cityscapes of Paris.
An amazing elevator journey from the second level is required to reach the top level, which is at a dizzying elevation of 276 metres. One of the most fascinating things to do in Paris is to visit the top level, but it is not for the faint of heart.
Tourists will want to spend some time photographing Paris’ most famous landmark. There is just the appropriate distance for picture-perfect photo ops from either the Jardins du Trocadéro (a short stroll across the Seine River) or the Parc du Champ de Mars (the lawns in front of the tower).