The Eiffel Tower was famously built in time for the 1889 World Fair held in Paris by the engineer Gustave Eiffel. The 324m tall tower quickly became one of the most famous landmarks in the world as it became the tallest man-made structure in the world.
Original plans to demolish the 'eyesore' twenty years later were soon shelved as the tower's popularity soared and Parisians' hate turned to adoration. Very little has changed in the tower since its inception other than the more recent introduction of two restaurants (the Jules Verne even has a Michelin star) and the 50 tonnes of paint that are applied every 7 years to protect the iron from rusting.
The top of the tower is much like anyone would expect it to be. A windy platform offers jaw-dropping views over Paris all around. There is little else at the very top of the tower with both restaurants located further down at level 2. Interestingly, the 1st level has an ice rink erected annually during the winter months in case your legs aren't tired enough of marching up and down the stairs!
January 1st to June 13th
June 14th to September 2nd
September 3rd to December 31st
Entry to Eiffel Tower