It’s been featured in hundreds of films—a fight in Rush Hour 3, a slight cameo in The Royal Tenenbaums, a backdrop of a chase scene in a James Bond film, and it’s part of a film featuring Audrey Hepburn. It’s also been blown up by Krang in one Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode, attacked by the Kamakiras from Godzilla, and destroyed by metal-eating nanomachines in G.I. Joe.
Whether it’s a setting for action-packed movies or being blown up into pieces by evil non-human creatures, the Eiffel Tower has a colorful history that has made it one of the most loved and valued structures ever built. Aside from playing a great role in pop culture, this place has so many things in store for people who wish to visit it.
Although now already surpassed by other towering structures, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world until 1930. Its construction lasted for about two years, starting in January 26, 1887. Principal designer engineer Gustave Eiffel built it as an entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, which marks the centennial celebration of the French Revolution.
Although this observation tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world, It wasn’t always loved by everyone. Many considered it to be an eyesore, and a petition was even made by big names such as author Alexandre Dumas, painter Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier, and architect Charles Garnier.
Today, however, it’s considered as one of the most important monuments not just in Paris, but in the world. It is open every day, so you will not have difficulty in making plans of visiting it. You can reach it by car, bike, the metro, and even by boat—all offering a unique way to see the picturesque city of Paris.
When you reach the observation deck, you will be right in the middle of Paris, and from this perspective, you will realize how breathtaking it is. The second floor offers a panoramic view of the city, and it’s also here where you’ll take the elevators to the top. The kids will love the educational and fun tour with Gus, a character that has many interesting activities (such as mystery stories and exciting investigations) in store.
The tower is also a great place to dine. Have a picnic lunch at The Eiffel Tower 58 on the first floor; have the most scrumptious French cuisine at The Jules Verne; enjoy gourmet dishes and a wide selection of food in buffets that are part of tours, and enjoy a glass of chilled champagne over at The Champagne Bar on the top of the tower.
If you want to do some souvenir shopping, there are shops that offer great items that will remind you of your visit. They could be found on the first and second floors and at the foot of the pillars and at the square.
Nothing can describe Paris, France without mentioning this magnificent structure, and if it’s your first time to see it, you will surely be in for a treat.