Also popularly known as La Dame de Fer (or The Iron Lady), the wrought iron lattice monument became an immediate sensation when it was opened to the public in the late 1880s. Who would have thought that the design that was initially considered unflattering will rise to prominence and become the most iconic structure in human history?!
Gustave’s namesake tower also includes his secret apartment, which should not be missed on your Eiffel Tower tour. The legend has that he hosted prominent figures of that time like Thomas Edison. In 1944, Hitler ordered his army to demolish the tower, but his governor of Paris -Dietrich von Choltitz refused.
Even though the Eiffel Tower is wind-resistant, it sways up to 7 cm at its peak. It has a cute little functional post office. You can send mail from there and it will get delivered bearing a unique postmark.
The tower once doubled up as an observatory and meteorology lab where Gustave Eiffel did astronomical observations, physics experiments, and aerodynamic studies.
The Eiffel Tower opens from 9 am to 11:45 pm, seven days a week.
There are multiple dining options – from quick bites to snacks and Michelin-starred restaurants on the first and second floors. You can visit 58 Tour Eiffel, La bulle Parisienne and Le Jules Verne for a delectable French gourmet experience.
For photography enthusiasts, the most popular places to get an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower are Place Du Trocadero, Champs De Mars and Pont De Bir-Hakeim.
It is recommended to book tickets for Eiffel Tower three to four weeks in advance before you arrive in the city.
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