Paris Eiffel Tower
(Paris, Ile-de-France, France)
Champ de Mars, Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 11 23 23
This breathtaking landmark was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution, and was opened by the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII of England.
An outstanding engineering achievement, designed by Gustave Eiffel (who also designed the framework for the Statue of Liberty) the tower was originally disliked by many Parisians, but has now become a famous symbol of French civic pride. The most spectacular views of Paris are witnessed from all floors of the Eiffel Tower.
Although it stands 320 metres / 1050 feet high, it is possible to walk part of the way up and around this fascinating metal structure. A lift completes the journey to the top.
A towering edifice, which was the world's tallest structure until 1930, the Eiffel Tower is visited by six million people a year.
Facts About The Eiffel Tower
- The Eiffel Tower is the most famous monument in Europe
- Between 1889 and 2002 the tower was visited by more than 200 million people
- The tower measures 320 metres / 1050 feet high
- Weighing 7,000 tons, it took two years to construct
- 300 steel workers were employed on its construction
- The Tower contains 1665 steps
- Visitors can climb 704 steps from the ground to the 2nd level
- It was almost torn down in 1909, but with the advent of radio, its height made it ideal for antennae
- Level 1 and 2 feature the Jules Verne restaurant and other shops
- Level 3 includes a display of Paris and Eiffel memorabilia
- On a clear day it is possible to see a distance of 67 kilometres / 42 miles
Open hours: daily - 09:30 to 23:00 except in July and August when it is open until midnight
Stairs - 09:30 to 18:00
Admission: charge, according to level