Welcome to the truly fascinating and mesmerizing city of Paris! Few cities in the world are blessed with unique beauty and warmth, rich history highlighted through its extensive range of sights, vibrant culture, stellar cuisine and friendly locals as Paris.
The ‘City of Lights’ has much to offer to its visitors, from historical landmarks and buildings, lush botanical gardens and theme parks, stunning rivers and beautiful lakes to world-famous museums, ancient churches and temples, galleries and shopping centers. With so many ‘must see’ sights, including Le Musée du Louvre, Notre Dame de Paris, Jardin du Luxembourg, Centre Pompidou and Arc de Triumph to name a handful, Paris is a dream destination for singles, couples, families with kids and business travelers alike. Whether this is your first visit to Paris or not, plan ahead to make sure you see as many attractions as possible!
However, Paris wouldn’t be Paris without the renowned Eiffel Tower. Ideally located on the Champ de Mars beside the Seine River, the Eiffel Tower looms above the city, offering spectacular views from every corner of the city. Extravagant in its structure and appealing in its presence, it goes without saying that the Eiffel Tower is one of the top wonders of France. Named after its engineer designer, Gustave Eiffel, this amazing Parisian landmark has become a global icon of France and is considered the tallest construction in Paris.Once the country’s eyesore and today one of the world’s most visited monuments, the Eiffel Tower dazzles millions of travelers annually. On the first floor of the tower visitors will find the newly designed Altitude 95 restaurant, offering scenic and romantic dining and truly Parisian experience. From the large bay windows of the restaurant you can delight in the Trocadéro area of Paris, as well as the amazing metal design of the tower itself. The restaurant also has a ground floor bar where drinks and refreshments are served throughout the day.
The second floor is home to the prestigious Jule Verne Restaurant, Internet Kiosks and all sorts of souvenir shops. Looking out over Paris from 125 meters above ground and with great view, this tiny restaurant (only a handful of tables) is one of the most recognized and eminent restaurants in Paris. An interesting thing about this restaurant is that it was featured in the James Bond movie ‘A View to Kill.’ It should be noted that prices in Jule Verne are among the highest in all of Paris.
Interesting facts about the Eiffel Tower
Did you know that…
- The Eiffel Tower was built in 2 years, 2 months and 5 days for the Universal Exhibition in celebration of the French Revolution centenary.
- The erection started on January 26, 1887.
- The inauguration day was on March 31, 1889.
- On the whole, 2,500,000 rivets and 18,037 pieces of wrought iron (puddle iron) were joined together to create the Eiffel Tower.
- The Eiffel Tower is at 324m height, including its 24m antenna, and weighs approximately 10,000 tons, of which 7.3 thousand is the metal.
- The first floor of the Eiffel Tower is 57 meters high, while the second and the third floor stand at 115m and 276m high, respectively.
- If we compare the height of the Eiffel Tower with that of a conventional building it will be equivalent to 81 levels.
- The base of the Eiffel Tower covers a total area of 100 square meters.
- The Eiffel Tower is open all-year-round.
- There are 1665 stairs in the Eiffel Tower for sportive visitors.
- The Eiffel Tower is used as a radio broadcasting and observation tower.
- Around 50 engineers, 100 iron workers and 121 construction workers were involved in the construction of the Eiffel Tower. 60 tons of paint is need to cover the whole building.
- The Eiffel Tower is painted every 7 years with three shades of brown, the darkest being at the bottom.
- More than half a thousand people bring the Eiffel Tower to life each day.
- For the beautiful illumination at night the Eiffel Tower consumes 7.8 million kWh per year.
- In clear weather the visibility from the top of the tower is nearly 42 miles.
- Tower expansion in summer is 3.25 inches and the shrinkage in winter is 6 inches.
- Wheelchair-bound people can also visit the Eiffel Tower up to the second level using the elevator.
- During really gusting winds the Eiffel Tower can sway up to 15 cm (6 inches) at its summit.
- The Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most photographed icons.
If you visit Paris, you simply must see the Eiffel Tower. As the tower is very crowded during the day, a good advice to avoid the crowd is to visit it in the mornings, especially on the weekends. Come! Experience! Enjoy!