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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is located on right bank in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, who designed and built the tower in 1889 as the entrance arch to the World's Fair. The Eiffel tower is now one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower caused a fierce polemic, meeting nearly unanimous hostility from the Parisian artistic world. Once the Tower was finished the criticism burnt itself out in the presence of the completed masterpiece, and in the light of the enormous popular success with which it was greeted. It received two million visitors during the World's Fair of 1889.
The tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world. The third level observatory's upper platform is at 280 m the highest accessible to public in the European Union. The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.
The tower stands 320 metres (1,050 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-story building. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930.
The tower has three levels for visitors. Tickets can be purchased to ascend, by stairs or lift (elevator), to the first and second levels. The walk from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the walk from the first to the second level. The third and highest level is accessible only by lift - stairs exist but they are not usually open for public use.
Consistently modern, the Eiffel Tower makes a special effort to surprise visitors. Do not miss the latest futurist, interactive attraction — the Eiffel Tower Visitors Galaxy — where you take part in the construction of a virtual Eiffel Tower which you can recover later on the Internet.

How to get there

From the hotel Cambon, take bus #42 at Concorde to the Eiffel Tower in 18 minutes.

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