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Category: Tours, Museums & Attractions
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The most iconic structure in Paris, the Eiffel Tower is beautiful from both the outside and inside. Find the cheapest skip the line tickets, tours, and things to do in the Eiffel Tower, along with some ideas on what to watch out for! The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Constructed from 1887–89 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair, it was initially criticized by some of France's leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but it has become a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.91 million people ascended it in 2015. The tower is 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building, and the tallest structure in Paris. Its base is square, measuring 125 metres (410 ft) on each side. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to become the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years until the Chrysler Building in New York City was finished in 1930. Due to the addition of a broadcasting aerial at the top of the tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 5.2 metres (17 ft). Excluding transmitters, the Eiffel Tower is the second-tallest structure in France after the Millau Viaduct. The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels. The top level's upper platform is 276 m (906 ft) above the ground – the highest observation deck accessible to the public in the European Union. Tickets can be purchased to ascend by stairs or lift (elevator) to the first and second levels. The climb from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the climb from the first level to the second. Although there is a staircase to the top level, it is usually accessible only by lift.

Eiffel Tower Restaurants

Eiffel Tower Restaurants
There are a slightly amazing five restaurants in the Eiffel Tower - why not make the occasion romantic?

The View from the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Restaurants
At 276 meters, it's one of the highest observation decks in Europe and that will give unparalleled views of Paris!


The Funny Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Selfie
Unsurprisingly, the Eiffel Tower is popular selfie spot. Why not take a classic "mini background" image?

Beware, Pickpockets!

Eiffel Tower Pickpockets
The US Embassy lists the Eiffel Tower as one of the most likely places to have you pockets picked, so watch out!

The Waiting Lines

Eiffel Tower Waiting Line
If queuing is not for you, buy skip-the-line tickets in advance. Waiting lines to the Eiffel Tower are typically 2 hours in peak season and 30 minutes in off-season. 

Take the stairs!

The stairs at the Eiffel Tower
For some exercise, take the stairs up to (or maybe just down from) the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. You will get a feel for the structure, and there are no crowds here!

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