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Eiffel Tower, Paris

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Also known as the "Iron Woman," Eiffel Tower is an iconic symbol of the City of Lights. You’ve no doubt admired this tower in countless films, but when you see it for the first time you'll be blown away by its magnificent scale and grandeur. Gustave Eiffel built the 325-m (1,063 ft) tower in 1889, and for 40 years this was the tallest structure in the world. As you ascend to the third level, realize you’re climbing to the highest accessible observatory platform open to the public in the entire European Union. On the first and second levels, dine in the restaurants, shop in the boutiques, and enjoy breathtaking city views. An audio guide and an iPhone app in English offer historical and cultural tidbits. Taking the Métro to the Ecole Militiare stop, then strolling up Champ de Mars, is a lovely way to arrive. Put Eiffel Tower into our Paris itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We purchased the tickets to the summit of the Eiffel and were not disappointed. The timed entry was well managed so that while it was busy it was not overly crowded. Beautiful views of Paris on all le...  more »
  • Book on website much better value. If you can't get tickets to top just buy to second level. Can then purchase a ticket from the booth here to get lift to top.  more »
  • It's definitely worth visiting this place. However, do keep at least 2-3 hours if you plan to go up the tower. New security checks have been in place. One check is to go into the ticket area. Second c...  more »
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  • Loved every minute of our experience in restaurant 58. Our waiter was very polite and quick with bringing on the next courses. We were given a window seat which I must say was probably one of the best seats in the house. We had a view of the river looking out towards the aquarium. The food was tremendous, we found menus on our table which we thought we would choose a starter and main and sweet from. No, we were given everything on the menu, 2 starters, 2 main dishes and 2 sweets, it was a taster menu which was absolutely gorgeous. We will definitely do again when back in Paris.
  • Beautiful of course. Marvelous during the day, but the best time to see it is by night. Every hour on the hour after 9pm the tower lights up with sparkling lights. Its lovely and romantic. Crowds are ridiculous no matter what time of year. Best time to go is early in the morning. Take the stairs to the first level, there is NO wait time for the stairs. Once you do that you can take the elevator to go up from there, and the wait is nothing compared to waiting in line at the very bottom for an elevator. Though it is pretty up close, take a walk through Montemarte and get a wonderful view of the city, and the Eiffel Tower from a distance.
  • Have been wanting to see this land mark for many years. Finally got around to and it this year. It's much bigger than I thought it would be. We took the stairs to the to top (entrance fee for the stairs was only 7 euros). You'll need to be in a fit condition to make it all the way but it's satisfying once your up there. The views around Paris from the tower are amazing. The whole of the tower lights up at night and looks stunning. There's a cafe, restaurant, gift shop, toilets and even a small movie area where you can watch the construction of the tower. Fantastic experience and certainly one you'll remember.
  • Easily the least interesting tourist attraction in Paris. If you want to go up it for the view, fine, go check out the view. But otherwise, it's just a big ugly chunk of iron, and there are other lovely views of Paris that can be got for free. It's fun to take pictures of the tower from a distance, as part of a skyline or city-scape shot. But that was the only joy I got out of it.
  • Iconic landmark of the French city of lights. the view of the city, at night, from the top floor of the tower is breathtaking. I would also recommend relaxing on the first floor at the terrace cafe installed there during summer, or have a go at the ice rink installed during the winter season.