I stumbled upon what I am calling the "Best Way To Experience The Eiffel Tower" when I was backpacking though Europe back in the Summer of 2006. I don't believe seeing the Eiffel Tower should only take a few minutes to look at. I think seeing the Eiffel Tower should be a couple hour experience.
Where ever you are in Paris, make your way towards the La Motte-Picquet - GrenelleAddress: stop on the Metro. You can get to this stop by using the M6, M8 or M10 lines. When you get off, head down the stairs. You'll been in the middle of the street. On one side of the street there is a McDonald's. Head in the opposite direction of the McDonald's going North East on Avenue La Motte Picquet and you'll be headed in the right direction towards the Eiffel Tower. On the corner across from the Metro stop are a few Baguette and Crepe stands. I highly recommend you stop and get a bit to eat.
Next you'll want to grab a bottle of wine. Head down Avenue La Motte Picquet and on your right side, the southern side of the street there are a few liquor stores that not only have a pretty good selection of wine, but they'll have a cork screw and cups for you as well.
Once the wine is purchased head further down Avenue La Motte Picquet until you hit Avenue Charles Floquet. Cross the street and head into the park. You'll walk through some tree and before you know it you will be staring right at the Eiffel Tower.
I recommend sitting out on the grass, eating your baguette or crepe and sipping on wine. The best time to go is right before sunset in the summertime. The last time I was in Paris I did this and hung out in the park for hours just talking with friends and drinking wine.
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The Eiffel Tower is a 19th century iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris that has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower, which is the tallest building in Paris, is the single most visited paid monument in the world; millions of people ascend it every year. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch for the 1889 World's Fair.
The tower stands at 324 m (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-story building. It was the tallest structure in the world from its completion until 1930, when it was eclipsed by the Chrysler Building in New York City. Not including broadcast antennas, it is the second-tallest structure in France, behind the Millau Viaduct, completed in 2004. And while the Eiffel Tower is an iron structure, and weighs approximately 10,000 tonnes, it actually has a relatively low density, weighing less than a cylinder of air occupying the same dimensions as the tower.
The tower has three levels for visitors. Tickets can be purchased to ascend either on stairs or lifts to the first and second levels. The walk to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the walk from the first to the second level. The third and highest level is accessible only by lift. Both the first and second levels feature restaurants.
The tower has become the most prominent symbol of both Paris and France, often in the ...