Magic forged in iron and endorsed by more than six million visitors who climb its 704 steps each year.
300 metres of iron
This wrought-iron tower was designed by the French engineer Gustave Eiffel for the World’s Fair held in Paris in 1889. It is one of the world’s most visited and admired monuments and is currently estimated to attract more than six million visitors a year. At over 300 metres high, it offers the best panoramic views of the city bathed by the River Seine. At night, the lights illuminating the tower twinkle magically for five minutes at the start of each hour, transforming it into a dazzling spectacle of light. Despite currently being one of the city’s most popular attractions, it was condemned by the artists of its day as an iron-clad monstrosity and came close to being destroyed. Standing at the northern end of the Champ de Mars, it was created to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the French Revolution. It remained the tallest structure in the world for over 40 years, until being superseded in 1930 by the Chrysler building in New York. It is open to the public until 11 pm and has three floors: the first two can be reached by lift or on foot - conquering no less than 704 steps and a 155 metre ascent-, whilst the third is only accessible by lift. As part of the millennium celebrations, the Eiffel Tower was covered with 20,000 lights which, since 2000, are set to sparkle for 10 minutes every day (at midday and at 1 am). To avoid the queues, tickets can be purchased on-line at www.tour-eiffel.fr, where you can also check prices, discounts, opening hours and more...