The Eiffel Tower is perhaps one of the most iconic symbols of Paris. This observation tower and broadcasting tower is also one of the worlds most recognizable landmarks. It stood as the tallest freestanding structure in the world from 1889 up until the year 1930 and is located on the seventh arrondissement in Paris France.
Construction for the Eiffel tower began first on 28 January 1887 and it was completed finally in March of 1889. The highest point on the tower is 324 m and there are three main force for observation with eight different elevators and lifts for accessing the observation decks.
Nearly 7,000,000 people go up the tower every single year making it one of the most visited page monuments in the entire world. Excluding the modern transmitter addition on the tower, the Eiffel Tower stands as the second tallest structure in France just behind the Millau Viaduct.
The highest observation point standard 276 m above the ground and it is the highest observation deck in the European Union that opens a public. Going up the stairs takes over 300 steps to get to the first level of the observation deck. Guests can also take a convenient elevator to reach the top level.
The proposed use of the Eiffel Tower was to become a centerpiece for the world’s fair and the Centennial celebration of the French Revolution. Inspiration from the tower came from the Latting observatory which was built in New York City.
Access to the Eiffel Tower is best done through the Paris Metro and the closest station is Bir Hakeim. The RER station that is close by is the Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel. You can also enjoy the Eiffel tower over a meal with two different restaurants including Le 58 and LeJules Verne which is on the second level with its own Michelin starred gourmet restaurant.