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Eiffel Tower, Paris

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Also known as the "Iron Woman," Eiffel Tower is an iconic symbol of the City of Lights. You’ve no doubt admired this tower in countless films, but when you see it for the first time you'll be blown away by its magnificent scale and grandeur. Gustave Eiffel built the 325-m (1,063 ft) tower in 1889, and for 40 years this was the tallest structure in the world. As you ascend to the third level, realize you’re climbing to the highest accessible observatory platform open to the public in the entire European Union. On the first and second levels, dine in the restaurants, shop in the boutiques, and enjoy breathtaking city views. An audio guide and an iPhone app in English offer historical and cultural tidbits. Taking the Métro to the Ecole Militiare stop, then strolling up Champ de Mars, is a lovely way to arrive. Put Eiffel Tower into our Paris itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Incredible. I recommend go with time. Because of the situation there are many queues. If you plan in advance you can buy online, and save more than 45 min. queue. We climbed down the stairs, but you can only go up to the top floor in elevator (muchiiiisima tail). Luck that there are 4. I only upload to the "terrace on the top floor". Representation of the office of Mr. EIFFEL with the aforementioned figure. As well as the views.
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  • August 18, 2017
    We avoided most of the queues by climbing the steps as high as we could. Despite a dodgy knee I managed it. Well worth it and as other reviewers had said it's a fraction of the price and the miles and...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    This is one of the attractions where you must have been during your stay in Paris, it's just a pity all those gates under the Eiffel Tower, given what recently happened in Paris all this is totally understandable you can also walk around it
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  • August 18, 2017
    What to say. It's iconic. One of those things one must do at least once a lifetime. I love it because they're creative. There is always something new to see. Last winter they had an ice skating rink on the first floor. Which was free (for tower visitors). The glass floor is also impressive. Security was thorough but quite fast.
  • August 12, 2017
    While I absolutely love the Eiffel Tower for its history, architectural prowess and it's beauty I wouldn't recommend climbing up. Why? Because similar views can be got from a few other locations without all the drama and waste of time. We went up at a time when it was considered to be quiet. And despite that we had to queue up for around 45 minutes for a security check that only allows you into the Eiffel Tower area. Then we had to queue for another half hour to buy our tickets to the first and second floors of the tower. Another security check and a 10-minute queue got us into an elevator to the second floor. Once there we had to queue for an hour and a half to buy tickets to go to the top. If you fancy being stuck 150m high with screaming, I'll-mannered children everywhere and even more ill-mannered parents (a reflection of our times) this would be your dream come true. On the other hand, the tower can truly be appreciated from the riverside just below, especially when it lights up at about 8pm. It really is remarkable. At 11pm it breaks out into a show of sparkles for 5 minutes.
  • August 3, 2017
    Amazing place, Awesome views from the top. Some points to note before visiting - 1) Security does not allow to carry a trolley bag while going inside this structure through lift or stairs. Back pack bags are allowed. 2) Two options to go up - a) take lift from base to the top. there is a halt at level 1,2. b) take stairs to level 2 then lift. Lift is the only option to go from level 2 to top. 3) Fantastic view even in the night. After sunset they run a series of lights every hour at 20:00, 21:00 etc. 4) There are guys roaming and selling key-chain etc. be careful of them. 5) There are even people betting on three cups and a ball game. They claim to give EUR 50 on bet of EUR 50. You would see someone actually playing and winning or losing 50 EUR. But they are all same group. So don't fall prey to them and just ignore those guys. Overall very lovely place. Be careful and enjoy yourself !! All The Best !!!
  • August 19, 2017
    Amazing views. Either looking at the tower or looking from it. A definite place to visit twice, once during the day and once at night. Even going to the top twice. Please be careful about visiting during the night as the ticket booths stop selling tickets to the top when they feel there are too many people waiting. The top closes at a different time than the first and second floor does. You can take the elevator or the stairs. The stairs ticket is cheaper but you will feel it in your legs when you get the first and second floors. Though the line to elevator can be easily an hour to three unless you go at the beginning of the day. Do not miss the light show at the top of the hour from 8PM or later when the lights on the Eiffel Tower twinkle.
  • July 31, 2017
    The general trip to the tower and the views were excellent. However, we had to wait a long time in line before even getting to wait a long time to buy tickets. And then we had to wait to get the lift to the second level. But when we arrived we saw the amazing view of Paris. It was great and we got lots of pictures! Then we took the lift to the third and last level. It was even better. The price was a little expensive with 11 euros to get to the second level, and 6 euros to the last level (2017). But it wasn't much more than what we expected either. Even with all the waiting it's definitely worth the trip and we recommend to anybody!

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Each of the city’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, has a personality all its own. If you prefer high-end accommodations and to be in the middle of the action, look for lodging in the 1st through the 4th arrondissements. For more affordable lodging and access to major metro lines, try the 12th. The Oberkampf area of the 11th arrondissement has an edgier, more hip vibe. For easy access to tourist sites,  the 16th is within a stone’s throw of the Arc de Triomph and the Eiffel Tower, and the 17th is within walking distance to the Champs-Elysées. Avoid the 18th, 19th, and 20th, because these can be dangerous, especially if you’re not familiar with the city.
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