There’s no sight more iconic to Paris than the Eiffel Tower, and whether you’re taking in the views from its top deck, enjoying dinner at the panoramic restaurant or just catching a glimpse of it from your hotel window, you simply can’t visit the French capital without seeing the top attraction.
Taking in the views from the top of Eiffel Tower is, of course, the main draw for tourists, but for the ultimate experience, opt for a behind-the-scenes tour and learn all about the history of the tower: how Gustave Eiffel’s innovative design was once the world's tallest structure, why it was saved from demolition in 1909 and how it became a symbol of romantic Paris.
As well as enjoying skip-the-line access to the historic landmark (which you’ll be glad for once you see the queues!), you’ll get to go behind the scenes and explore parts of the Eiffel Tower that most guests don’t get to see. Venture underground into the secret tunnels that run beneath the neighboring Champ de Mars park, built as an evacuation route during World War I, then peek into the tower’s engine room, from where the hydraulic lifts are powered, and learn about its history as a telecommunications tower. Finally, take the elevator to the first- or second-floor viewing galleries to see the real reason why the Eiffel Tower is so famous—the spectacular view of Paris from above.