Eiffel Tower Photos
A view of the Eiffel Tower from the Pantheon with the golden dome of Napoleon's tomb in Hôtel des Invalides nearby.
Straddling the well-trodden grass of Champ de Mars, this symbol of Paris
was the world's tallest building - at 321m - when it was built for
the Exposition Universelle (World Fair) in 1889. The Tower is famous for its panoramic views and infamous for
long lines for the lifts. Read more.
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The tower from a Seine tourist boat.
Arguably the world's most recognisable tourist sight but less attractive the closer you get to the brown beast and the barbarian hordes clustered at its gates.
An excellent first Tower viewpoint from Place du Trocadero, Trocadero Metro.
M. Eiffel observing fans of his creation.
The latter half of a snaking line for the Eiffel Tower lift, probably taking 1-2 hours to reach the ticket office alone. Book online, weeks before in high season!
A shorter line, though still slow moving at 45 minutes, for stairs to the 'saturated' (their words) second level. Next, Notre Dame Cathedral.
To avoid queuing:
Buy your tickets online for a specific half-hour time slot, up to one month before your intended trip at Tour-Eiffel website. Print out the ticket then get to the entry just 10 minutes before your time and look for priority boarding. More.
Near the Eiffel Tower: Quai Branly Museum (ethnic artifacts), Hôtel des Invalides (Military Museum and Napoleon's Tomb) and plenty of Seine boats.
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