Nestled on the banks of the River Seine and north of Campo Marte, the Eiffel Tower stands with its exceptional size as the most emblematic structure not only of Paris, but of all France. The huge and majestic structure of 324 meters high and 18,000 pieces of puddled iron, seems to project the modernity of Parisian society.
Some Facts About the Eiffel Tower:
- It owes its name to Gustav Eiffel, the famous engineer who projected its construction on the occasion of the festivities for the centenary of the French Revolution and the Universal Exposition of Paris held in 1889;
- The famous Eiffel Tower receives more than 7 million visitors each year, but Hitler was not lucky enough to be one of them. To prevent him from reaching the top of it, the French Resistance cut the elevator cables and the dictator refused to climb the more than 1,600 steps;
- It took two years, two months and five days to build “The Iron Lady”. Quite nothing, compared to the 180 years that took to finish another of the great attractions of Paris – Notre Dame.
- Originally the Eiffel Tower was projected for the city of Barcelona, but Spain rejected it. A bad decision for Spain, but who can now imagine Paris without this iconic construction?
- A woman from America, Erika LaBrie, married the Eiffel Tower. When she visited the Tower in 2004, Erika fell in love with it. Their wedding took place in 2007 and she changed her name to Erika Eiffel.
How to Reach the Eiffel Tower:
The Tower is located in the center of the city, but a little further away from the nucleus of the Cité, Notre-Dame, the Latin Quarter and Luxembourg. However, the long walk that connects the island of the Cité with the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero is highly recommended for those who like walking and admiring the beauty of the city.
Metro. There are three stations near the Tower: Bir-Hakeim (Line 6), Trocadéro (Lines 6 and 9) and Ecole Militaire (Line 8).
RER. If you are going by train, you should get off at the Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel Station (Line C).
Bus. In this case, the options are practically endless. You can use lines 22, 30, 32, 42, 63, 69, 72, 80, 82 and 87.
Restaurants at the Eiffel Tower:
The Eiffel Tower has several options for those that want to try tasty food and enjoy the amazing views.
1. 58 Tour Eiffel is situated on the first floor of the Tower. It has views over the Seine and Trocadéro. Where did the name come from? The restaurant is 57 meters above the ground, plus one meter – the height of the stove. Meals are offered starting from 19 euros and dinners – from 70 euros.
2. Jules Verne is another option, which is located on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. It is considered to be one of the best restaurants not only in Paris, but also in all of France. It even has a star in the prestigious Michelin Guide. Its clients have access to a private elevator. It is the ideal restaurant for very special and romantic occasions.
3. And finally, the Bar à Champagne that is situated on the top of the Eiffel Tower. It is a place to enjoy a glass of champagne and a beautiful view of Paris. Depending on your choice, the cost of a glass will range from 10 to 20 euros.
Hotels with a View of the Eiffel Tower:
1. Shangri-La is one of the most exclusive and beautiful hotels in Paris. It is so close to the Eiffel Tower that some guests have commented that at night it is necessary to close the curtains to hide from the reflection of its light. Its interior is beautifully decorated with paintings on the ceilings, walls with gold reliefs and paintings of Napoleon.”
2. Hotel Plaza Athénée. If you want to feel yourself like Marie Antoinette or Louis XVI, then there is nothing better than staying in this magnificent hotel. By the way, it has also been chosen as one of the hotels where the series of Sex and The City took place. Its architecture is majestic, the rooms are sublime and the view of the Eiffel Tower will take your breath away.
3. The Pullman Eiffel Tour’s modern design contrasts with the historic buildings of the city. It is a business hotel, which is located very close to the Campo Marte and most of the tourist attractions. Can you imagine waking up in your bed so close to the Eiffel Tower that you feel like you can touch it?
Tickets, Hours and Additional Information’s about the Eiffel Tower:
You can consult the prices and opening hours of the Eiffel Tower on the official website. But let’s now imagine that you’ve already reached the Tower. What can you do once you’re there? Reaching its top is the obvious goal, but the Tower offers so much more things to do.
- On the first level, at 57 meters high, you will find a post office from which you can send postcards with a special stamp “Paris Tour Eiffel”. Small temporary exhibitions are usually organized on the first level that showcase different aspects related to the construction of the Tower, the characters or the events linked to the city of Paris.
- On the second floor there are information panels explaining the phases of the construction and detailing the operation of the old hydraulic lift that worked until 1983. There are also some souvenir boutiques.
- On the third level there is a recreation of the work place of Gustave Eiffel, with wax figures of him and his daughter Claire receiving the inventor Thomas Edison, as well as Eiffel’s two engineers, Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier.
Illuminated by more than 300 projectors arranged in beams, the Tower acquires a golden tint from the sunset. The beams of light enhance the structure of the Eiffel Tower and offer another way to appreciate the monument. And, at the beginning of each hour, a surprise awaits the visitors: the spectacular flashes of 20,000 light bulbs illuminate the Tower for five whole minutes.
The Eiffel Tower adopts is an indisputable national symbol. “The Iron Lady” unites the Parisian spirit with the colors of its luminous effects.