To ascend the Eiffel tower, one of the most visited monuments in the world, is to have Paris at your feet.
Is the Eiffel Tower a must-visit on your sightseeing itinerary? Day or night, the views over Paris from this iconie monument are nothing short of spectacular. So it's perhaps perplexing to think that the iconie wrought-iron lattice tower was once a temporary structure on the Paris skyline. Originally part of the World Fair in 1889, showcasing feats of architecture and innovation, the Tower was saved from scrap metal in 1909 - all thanks to broadcast technology. Becoming a giant radio transmitter then, 2022 has seen the Tower's role brought into the 21st century by having a high performance digital antenna for DAB+ and FM stations installed by helicopter, causing it to "grow" six metres, to 330 metres.
Eiffel Tower - © SETE - E.Livinec USE
From the top
A visit to the Eiffel Tower starts at the top via a glass elevator. From the top, the hum of the streets of Paris is silenced, but your heart is sure to sing. Here you can savour a silky flute of fine champagne while soaking in the sparkling atmosphere of an evening as the Tower delicately twinkles for a full five minutes, every hour on the hour after it's lit up, until 1am.
Eiffel Tower Jules Verne- © SETE - Victor Bellot
Experience French gastronomy
Refined views of well known monuments are plentiful from the second level, 125 metres above ground: the Louvre, Grand Palais, the Seine, Montmartre, Notre Dame and others. After satisfying their appetite for amazing views, sightseers' palates will be equally delighted by the outstanding French dining on site. Lovers of gastronomy can book a table at the Michelin starred Le Jules Verne restaurant, led by Meilleur Ouvrier de France chef Frédérie Anton. Here, the tasting menu's creations, ranging from succulent crab to sea bass and langoustine ravioli, are sure to satisfy fussy foodies. Lovers of the finest macarons can experience renowned pastry chef Pierre Herme's mouth watering chocolate macarons (External link) , created exclusively for The Eiffel Tower.
Pierre Herme Tour Eiffel -Credit-Philippe Barbosa
First-floor dining destination, Madame Brasserie is bistro cuisine prepared with local, seasonal products from regional producers, many of whom are members of the Eiffel Tower Artisans Guild. Michelin-star chef Thierry Marx (Sur Mesure, Le Camelia) is at the gastronomie helm. Those searching for something quick and tasty can find buffets for all budgets on the esplanade, as well as the first and second floors.
The Eiffel Tower and way more
If a trip to the Tower isn’t quite enough, and you're wanting to take a piece of Paris, exclusive, made-in-France souvenirs are available from a slew of souvenir shops.
While you're on the upper platform of the top floor, be sure to glimpse inside the glassed, not so secret apartment that once belonging to Tower engineer Gustave Eiffel. You can spot a reproduction of his office, as well as was models of Gustave himself, daughter Claire and inventor Thomas Edison.
Want to stay somewhere with unobstructed Eiffel Tower views? Promising some of the city's finest views of the Tower are hotels such as Shangri-la Hotel Paris, Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel and Hotel La Comtesse Tour Eiffel.
Whatever your interests, gastronomy, history, architecture or atmosphere the fillet tower is sure to be a talking point for years to come, for all manner of travellers.
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