Gustave Eiffel wanted to demonstrate the capabilities of modern steel engineering at Paris 1889 world exhibition. A daring engineer's dream, the Eiffel Tower weights 7300 tons, but the pressure it applies on the ground is equivalent to that of a chair with a man seated on it.
At 300 meters, it remained the world tallest building until 1929, when the Chrysler building (319 meters) was built in New York City. Now 324 meters high with television antennas, it towers above Paris, a city almost free from skyscrapers.
Open air elevators bring you up to the first (58 meters above ground), second (115 meters) and third floor (276 meters) with their fantastic Paris views. Go there on a sunny day in the second half of the afternoon. If you can, walk up to the second floor, a spectacular experience. You can easily visit the Eiffel tower as part of a Paris tour. The Eiffel Tower has two restaurants, the new and affordable 58 Tour Eiffel on the first floor and the Jules Vernes on the second floor.
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