The Eiffel Tower Quarter and the Invalides Quarter makes up most of the south bank of the River Seine in Central Paris. As you can guess, the Eiffel Tower Quarter doesn’t has much to do there apart from, oh, you know, I say, to see one of the most historic landmarks in the world, Le Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower).
Built way back in 1889 to impress visitors to the 1889 World Expo (Universal Exhibition), the tower was only meant to be a temporary addition to Paris landscape but for reason has stood here ever since, with locals in two minds about whether if they like or not like the world’s largest climbing frame in the centre of their city.
Designed by an engineer named Gustave Eiffel, the tower became the world’s tallest building until 1931 when New York ’s Empire State Building came along and took the number one spot. In recent years the tower has had a make over with a coat of fresh paint and there is a beautiful light show that plays every single night, with sparkling flashlights glowing off the tower while a white solid beam goes flickers through the night sky across the rooftops.
Here are some handy tips which will help visitors visiting the number one landmark in France:
If possible, buy your tickets online so you don’t have to queue for ages just to buy a ticket! If queuing for a ticket, this could take anything from 30 minutes to two hours and is even worse in July and August. If not buying a ticket online, get there really really early to avoid the queues.
At the first level which is 57 meters high (after walking up the first flight of stairs or taking the elevator), there is a small museum which tells visitors of the history of the tower and the stories of when Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler came to town. There is also a post office and visitors can also see the Hydraulic lift mechanism which is still in working use to this very day.
On the second level (115 meters high) there is ‘Le Jules Verne Restaurant’ which is suppose to be one of the best restaurants in Paris which also offers fantastic views (of course, but remember to bring lots of cash!). From this level there are Double-Decker elevators which takes visitors right to the top of the tower. However in busy times queues to get on and off takes a very long time.
At the top the viewing gallery is the place to be and on a clear day visitors can see maybe up to 45 miles (72km). The views are absolutely amazing and one not to be missed.
The nearest RER station to visit the Tour Eiffel is Champ de Mars which is a five minute walk away to the west and the nearest metro is Bir Hakeim. To the south of the Tour Eiffel is the Champ-de-Mars which is a huge garden stretching from the tower to the Ecole Militaire building. This is a great place to chill out on the grass in the summer months but also take in the views of the beautiful tower.
Need a hotel recommendation? Try Hotel Eiffel Capitol
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