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Eiffel Tower, Paris

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Observation Deck Landmark
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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  • Climb the Tower has an inexplicable magic. Either to the I level 1 or 2 produces me an intense emotion. The views are very good and eat in the restaurant is a very good experience
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  • The enigma around this landmark is for real. You can't describe the experience in words. I spent 3-4 hours here just trying to capture as much as possible of this beauty. The best time is the evening ...  more »
  • Photographs don't always show the full effect of a locale and this is definitely true of the Eiffel Tower. The most incredible sight is when the lights first come on and they 'sparkle'. So beautiful. ...  more »

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Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
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