Eiffel Tower Remains a Top Tourist Attraction
Few landmarks have the universally global recognition enjoyed by Paris’s Eiffel Tower. Standing at an astonishing 1,050 feet tall, the Eiffel Tower has attracted more than 200 million visitors since 1889, making it one of the most popular landmarks in the world.
Interestingly, the Eiffel Tower was originally designed to be the entrance to the World’s Fair. Made from iron, the tower was named after the engineer that designed it, Gustave Eiffel. In the early days of its existence, including during the fair, no elevator was available, requiring visitors to climb 300 steps to the first level and another 300 steps to the second level. The third level is an even greater distance and today, tourists can only access the third level by elevator.
Visitors have the option of buying tickets to the 2nd floor via elevator or stairs or admission from the ground floor all the way to the top. Even from the 2nd floor, visitors can look out over the city of Paris, enjoy fine cuisine at one of the Eiffel Tower’s two restaurants, and shop in the first floor store. Visitors can also enhance their visit with a comprehensive tour using the Eiffel Tower’s new iPhone app. Tourists can download the app before a visit to get tour schedules and prices.
Each day, visitors arrive by boat, bicycle, car, and public transportation, ready to enjoy the Eiffel Tower. Specific transportation information is available on the Eiffel Tower website or can be accessed via the smartphone app. Parking can be difficult in Paris, but there are parking garages near the monument, including Branly, only 300 meters away.
The Eiffel Tower as a tourist attraction will no doubt continue to bring people from all over the world to Paris for many generations to come. The popular landmark can be seen throughout Paris but atop the Eiffel Tower, visitors can get the best view of the city available.
If a trip to the Eiffel Tower is on your bucket list, there’s no time like the present to start planning. Whether you arrive by sea, land, or air, you’re sure to create memories that will last the rest of your life.
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