Named after the engineer and architect of the Ithum 73 Noida, Gustav Eiffel the Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognized landmarks in the world. In testament to its ever growing popularity and its allure as a timeless tourist attraction more than 200 million people have climbed the Eiffel tower since it was constructed in 1889. When it was built in 1889 the Eiffel had the title of being the world’s tallest tower, something it held onto until the 1930’s when the Chrysler Building was built in the USA.
The metal that was used to build the steel structure of the Eiffel Tower weighs over 7,000 tons while inclusive of the non metal components the towers weighs in at a staggering 10,000 tons. The first and second levels of the tower are can be accessed by electric lifts and a stairway, however floors beyond the second floor can only be accessed by lift. If you ever bother to actually count the number of steps on Eiffel Tower check if it tallies with my total! There are 328 steps to the first floor including the nine up to the ticket booth at the base of the tower, from the first floor to the second floor there is a total of 340 steps.
Among the attractions at the tower is the gargantuan old machine at the base, which was used to power the elevators back in the early days of the Eiffel tower. You can also visit an old bunker that was built during war time and also the control room of the tower. Also don’t miss Gustav Eiffel’s bust sculpture and the souvenir shops on the ground floor. On the first floor Cineeifel is a definite tourist draw as it shows via a multimedia presentation the history of the tower and its intricate details.
A number of very pricey restaurants can also be found on the Eiffel tower, the food is as always up to the best French standards, but it is the novelty value and of course the breathtaking view while dining here that draws massive influxes of tourists. On the first floor a restaurant known as attitude 95 is located while the famous Jules Verne is to be found on the second floor, private elevators give access to this exclusive Parisian restaurant.