Don't skip the Eiffel Tower in Paris. As Parisians, we keep being fascinated day after day by its size and transparency.
A daring dream, the Eiffel Tower weights 7300 tons. But, the pressure it applies on the ground is only equivalent to the pressure of a chair with a man seated on it.
Now 324 meters high with its television antennas, it towers above Paris, a city almost completely free of skyscrapers.
Spectacular air lifts bring you up to the first (58 meters above ground), second (115 meters) and third floor (276 meters) with their fantastic 360° Paris views.
The Eiffel Tower is open every day, 9am to 12am mid-June to early September, from 9.30am to 11pm the rest of the year. Buy Eiffel Tower entrance tickets online (adults: 17 euros)
If you can, walk up to the second floor. This walk is definitely one of the greatest things you can experience in Paris. Don't miss the Eiffel Tower fireworks on the eve of Bastille day.
Paris metro: Metro station Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel on RER C and Bir Hakeim on line 6.
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The Eiffel Tower was built in Paris from 1887 to 1889 by Gustave Eiffel (picture), a French engineer specializing in revolutionary steel constructions.
The Eiffel Tower originally had no use. Gustave Eiffel wanted to demonstrate the capabilities of steel engineering at Paris 1889 world exhibition (picture).
At 300 meters, the Eiffel Tower remained the world tallest building until 1930 and the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York City.