Wednesday Wonders – The Eiffel Tower

Hello and welcome to my next Wonder Lesch blog post where I will present you with one of the most outstanding places to visit in Paris, along with some pro tips that you can also implement along the way.


I want to start this post talking about one of the most renowned and recognizable structures in the world. It is, of course, the Eiffel Tower. With its 984 feet, it stands at the center of the city of love, overlooking the Fields of Mars. Due to its location and prestige, It makes for the perfect place to start your adventure through France.

Wrought Iron Giant, The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

The importance of this construction comes for its origin. It was constructed in 1889 as a part of the Exposition Universelle and, at the time, this wrought iron giant was not well received by the Parisian community. Ironically (see what I did there 😉 it has grown to be one of the most representative monuments of France with more than 6 million visitors per year.

From personal experience, I would want to either book your entrance to the tower or organize it as one of your earlier activities in Paris, due to the high demand for going up the tower. If you miss your opportunity in the morning you might find yourself in a VERY long queue just to buy tickets. Said tickets are not really that expensive and mainly depend on whether you want to reach the third level and if you want to do so by elevator or stairs. If you are taking the stairs, be prepared, as more than 600 steps stand in the way between you and one of the most breathtaking sights of Paris. 

Seine River showing the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Personally, I think that reaching the second level is just fine since there is an extra fee for climbing to the top, and when you get there, after your long journey, you will be greeted with two sights, on one side the Mars Fields in all its splendor, and on the other, the Seine River, bisecting the city and creating a perfect contrast with its surroundings.

Of course, at the top of the second level and after you are done with the photographs, you will also find other things to do. Here you will find one of the best macaroon places in Paris, these flavourful little sweets are a staple of French confectionery and make for an excellent treat while you are up there. You will also find plenty of gift shops and the unique chance to dine overlooking Paris at the Le Jules Verne restaurant.

The Eiffel Tower at night as seen from Mars Fields, Paris, France

But what if you are looking for a more inexpensive trip?

Well, whether you believe it or not, the Eiffel Tower is also a great free attraction, recently the Eiffel Tower received a new look that makes for an amazing spectacle. This “new look” consists of hundreds of colorful lights scattered all over the building, at night they are lit up. If you are looking for a nice place to rest after a long day of walking, consider having a small picnic dinner at the Fields of Mars, while you enjoy a good glass of wine and an amazing view of the gardens and the flickering lights of the Eiffel Tower. This activity is especially good if you are traveling in a group since is the perfect opportunity to have a nice chat with your companions.

From monumental buildings to small Bed and Breakfast Hotels, Paris has it all, it is one of my personal favorite cities in the world. Everywhere you look there are always more things to do and more places to visit.

What do you think about Paris? Have you ever been to France before? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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