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The Eiffel Tower

A must-see in Paris: a visit to the Eiffel Tower and the Palais de Chaillot

The Eiffel Tower, 324 meters high, was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889. Its design owes much to two engineers from the Eiffel company: Emile Nouguier and Maurice Koechlin. They are the ones who had the idea of the general shape of the Tower. Gustave Eiffel registered the patent with their names but then bought back the rights of his two collaborators and from then on the tower was called the Eiffel Tower. It should also be noted that the Tower had to be dismantled after the Exposition because it was no longer useful and attracted few tourists at the time. The invention of the radio saved the Tower by transforming it into a radio transmitter. Today, the Eiffel Tower is the fourth most visited monument in the capital with 6 million visitors per year. Every day of the year there are many people, you have to be patient to go up to the floors even if you book your tickets on the Internet.

The Eiffel Tower has two restaurants: The Jules Verne (gourmet restaurant - T-shirts, shorts or other sportswear are not accepted.) and the 58 Tour Eiffel. The restaurants are not easy to access, you have to wait in line before going up.

You can also choose the option dinner on the riverboats just below the Eiffel Tower, much easier to access.

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Duration: 3 h.

Bir-Hakeim metro

Bir-Hakeim metro
The Bir-Hakeim metro station (line 6) is the closest to the Eiffel Tower. You will only have to walk 200 meters to reach the Eiffel Tower.

The bride and groom on the Bir-Hakeim Bridge

The bride and groom on the Bir-Hakeim Bridge
When you get out of the metro, you can admire the very pretty Bir-Hakeim bridge. It is very popular with young Asians who come to be photographed before their wedding under the bridge in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Around the Eiffel Tower

Around the Eiffel Tower
There are many street vendors selling Paris souvenirs around the Eiffel Tower.

The wall around the Eiffel Tower

 The wall around the Eiffel Tower
It is no longer possible to access the Eiffel Tower directly, there is a wall surrounding the Tower.

The queues

The queues
There are always a lot of people to go upstairs.

The Field of Mars

The Field of Mars
The Champ de Mars is the large lawn located next to the Eiffel Tower. It is a former military field where the troops came to train. At the end of the Champ de Mars you can still find the Military School.

The entrance to the Eiffel Tower

The entrance to the Eiffel Tower
It is possible to enter the Tower without paying, you just have to wait for the search which is quite severe. There are specific lines for those who have tickets or those who go to restaurants. The directions could be clearer.

The floors of the Eiffel Tower

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The floors of the Eiffel Tower
A lot of people on the platform, the view is beautiful but you can have a very nice view of Paris without paying anything at the top of the Montmartre hill or on the top floor of the department store "Le Printemps".

The riverboats

The riverboats
There is a boat company just below the Eiffel Tower. It's a great idea to visit Paris after visiting the Eiffel Tower.

The Trocadero Gardens

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The Trocadero Gardens
The visit of the Eiffel Tower continues towards the gardens of Trocadero, they are located just in front of the Eiffel Tower. Very nice view on the Eiffel Tower.

The Palais de Chaillot

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The Palais de Chaillot
The Palais de Chaillot opposite the Eiffel Tower was built for the 1937 Universal Exhibition. The architecture of these imposing neoclassical buildings reflects the style of the time. Adolf Hitler was very pleased with this architecture during his only stay in Paris.

The National Theatre of Chaillot

 The National Theatre of Chaillot
The Palais de Chaillot includes a theater and several museums including a museum of the Navy. These museums attract few tourists who only pass by to see the Eiffel Tower.

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