The Eiffel Tower / La Tour Eiffel                        


Introduction
The Eiffel Tower on Champ de Mars was built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel and stands approximately 320m / 1050 feet tall. It has Europe's highest viewing platform at 280m and is the world's most visited monument (that charges an entrance fee) with over seven million people a year. For 41 years it was the world's tallest man made structure until the Chrysler Building in New York was built in 1930.

Visiting
You can see the location on my Paris map. Each time I have visited the Eiffel Tower the queues to the lift have been enormous. However the queues to the stairs have been just four or five people. Seeing as the top half of the tower has to accessed by a (separate) lift anyway I see no point in waiting for hours just to avoid a few steps. 

The prices valid until 31st March 2013
 
Over 24
12-24
4-11
under 4
First half lift
€8.50
€7.00
€4.00
Free
First half stairs
€5.00
€3.50
€3.00
Free
Second half lift
+ € 5.50
+ €5.50
+ €5.50
Free

The Eiffel Tower has three levels. The first one is currently (January 2013) being modernised so you probably won't find everything open. Normally though there is a restaurant, souvenir shop along with various exhibits and photos relating to the tower and it's history.
The Eiffel Tower on Champ de Mars in Paris France
On the second level (approx half way up) there is another souvenir shop, a buffet and the The Jules Verne Restaurant which has private access from the south leg of the tower. The top of course is much smaller so no room for souvenir shops or restaurants. There is however a champagne bar that sells luminous champagne. There are also information plaques and Gustave Eiffel's office.
Most of my Paris photos were taken in January 2013. The above picture though comes from my 2008 visit simply because the conditions were much clearer then.



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More of George's Eiffel Tower photos

Eiffel Tower in Paris France
This is the queue (or lack of it) at the entrance to the stairs at the south leg.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
People queuing for the lift at the east leg. Spot the difference between this photo and the one on the left. 
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
The highest public viewing platform in Europe.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
Looking up from the public level shown left. A mass of Antenna and telecommunications equipment going up to the very top.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
The tower has 20,000 light bulbs and every hour they flicker for 5 minutes. I guess there must be a loose connection somewhere.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
During my 2013 visit I couldn't understand where the Eiffel Tower had gone. Well, not until I turned a corner and saw this.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
Predictably security is tight and terrorist attacks are always feared.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
Large scale work is being done on the first level. This shows how they access the work area without causing damage to the structure.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
History of telecommunications associated with the tower.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
Plan of the Eiffel Tower ground area.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
A search light revolves around the tower every 10 seconds or so at night.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
People waiting to enter the double decker lifts in the east leg. This leg is also used for those leaving via the stairs.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
People queuing for the second half lift. No stairs available to the public for the next bit so everyone gets cosy. There's a window in the top of the lift so you get a nice view of your final ascent.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
Photo of The Eiffel Tower from the Montparnasse Tower. I highly recommend a visit to this modern skyscraper. Unlike the Eiffel Tower you can see the Eiffel Tower from the top!
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
Looking south west along the Seine. The running track is at Stadium Emile Anthoine. Just to the left of the track is Hotel Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel. This is probably the closest hotel to the Eiffel Tower.
Looking north west at Jardins du Trocadéro and Palais de Chaillot on the other side of the river Seine. La Défense is on the horizon.
Looking north west at Jardins du Trocadéro and Palais de Chaillot on the other side of the river Seine. La Défense is on the horizon.
Looking north east along the Seine. In the foreground is the Quai Branly Museum. In the far distance on the hill is Sacré-Cœur.
Looking north east along the Seine. In the foreground is the Quai Branly Museum. In the far distance on the hill is Sacré-Cœur.
Notre Dame looking north from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Notre Dame looking north from the top of the Eiffel Tower. This is a posh area where most of the luxury hotels are situated.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
This is one of the food places beneath the Eiffel Tower. See photo below for menu. Watch out for scammers (some with petitions) and pickpockets in this area. 
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
Menu from the Champagne Bar at the top of the Eiffel Tower. They put something in it to make it glow.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
A nice view of the Tower from the other side of the river Seine.
Eiffel Tower from the other side of the Seine in Paris France
Looking down over the ledge from the top level.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
Looking up inside the Eiffel Tower at night. Shows the vertical rails for the lift.
Eiffel Tower in Paris France
Menu from a food outlet beneath the Tower (January 2013).

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