Eiffel Tower


Eiffel Tower upshot

Looking up at the Eiffel Tower.

When you think of Paris one of the first things that comes to mind is The Eiffel Tower. Opened in 1889 AD for the World Fair in Paris. From 1889 to 1930 it was the tallest in the world! Passing the Washington monument and ultimately passed by the Chrysler Building. While it was initially disposed by many people it has since come to be a symbol of Paris and France. It is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. It stands 1,036 feet (324 meters) tall! Over 250 million people have visited since the tower opened in 1889, 200 million visitors   in 2002. 

Eiffel Tower concept drawing

Eiffel Tower concept drawing. Public Domain

An interesting copyright situation exists with the Eiffel Tower. The Tower itself is public domain and can be photographed for commercial use. However the lights that flash on the Eiffel Tower at night, installed in 1989, are considered a copyrighted work. 

One of the most Instagrammed locations in the world the Eiffel Tower is a must see, photograph for any visitor or local! Popular spots for snapping pictures of the Eiffel Tower are  the Trocadéro and the Champ de Mars. Though you will find many other spots around Paris to to steal perfect shot of the Eiffel Tower. 

Summer hours are 9:00am to Midnight and the rest of the year it’s open 9:30am to 11:00 pm (23:00) 

One big tip I recommend is that you buy your tickets in advance online. This will help ensure that you don’t get stuck in the long queue for tickets. I would also avoid visiting mid day when the crowds are biggest.