The Eiffel Tower, Paris’ indomitable Iron Lady, has been a stalwart of the city’s skyline since 1889 when it was built for the 10th World’s Fair. It rose above early criticism to become an architectural idol and is now visited by almost seven million people a year. Climb the 674 steps to the second floor in around 40 minutes, then take a lift to the top for panoramic city vistas. Alternative viewpoints include the Montparnasse Tower’s observation deck, the Place du Trocadéro, and the BirHakeim bridge.
Commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 – although he didn’t live to see its completion – the Arc de Triomphe evokes France’s proud military past. Enjoy views of the city from the 50m-high rooftop viewpoint and marvel at the daring driving below.
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