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Eiffel Tower, Paris

Posted by Natalie Brends on aot 11th, 2011 | 2 Comments

Like the Empire State Building to New York, Big Ben to London and the Sydney    Opera House to Sydney, the Eiffel Tower is the single most recognizable structure in Paris, France. The Tower is over 120 years old – relatively new compared to the over 1000-year history of the city of Paris.

Located at the 7th arrondissement on Champ de Mars, the Tower’s history has been dramatic. It was hugely unpopular with the public in its early years and was almost torn down. This eventually gave way to acceptance before it was finally embraced as a prominent symbol of modern day Paris.

Few tourists to France will leave before seeing the Eiffel Tower and it has so far attracted well over 200 million visitors since it was first unveiled. The most spectacular views of the tower are at night when it is lit up and dominates the Parisian skyline.

The fees for accessing the Eiffel Tower depend on whether you intend to use the stairs or elevator, and the number of levels you would like to visit. Using the stairs costs less than ascending via the elevator. But the stairs can be extremely tiring and are also limited since they do not reach the higher levels. Persons on wheelchairs can access the tower’s first and second levels – access to higher levels is not permitted due to security concerns.

The Tower opens daily between 0930 and 2300 hours but this changes to 0900 and 0000 hours respectively during the summer. Admission may be suspended due to bad weather or for security reasons.

As the most visited location in Paris, it is often best to time one’s visit to the Eiffel Tower to when there is likely to be the least human traffic. The low season runs from October through March when there are less crowded observatories and shorter queues.

That being said, the freezing and rainy weather in November to February can make for an unpleasant experience. The low season fringe months of October and March are the most ideal. Other than the season, late evening, early morning and weekday visits typically have less people throughout the year.

Your visit to the tower can be a ‘superficial’ one where you will only be interested in going to the different levels and enjoying the Parisian view from the tower top. However, if you want a more engaged experience that includes a peak into the tower’s background,history and facts,guided tour options are available for that purpose. It will cost more than an ordinary tour but may provider a richer perspective of the tower.

2 Responses to “Eiffel Tower, Paris”

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