Designed by Gustave Eiffel (and others) for the 1889 World’s Fair, the tower was the tallest building in the world at 320 meters, and stayed as such for 41 years (until the Chrysler Building in New York was built in 1930). Originally, the Eiffel Tower was hated by many Parisians, including French writer Guy de Maupassant, who famously claimed he ate lunch at the Eiffel Tower every day because it was the only spot in the city where he didn’t have to look at it. Today, the tower is cherished, and stands as an iconic symbol not only for Paris, but for France as a whole. The Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly a beautiful sight to behold, and it’s arguably the most famous and recognizable building in the world. But is all the hype worth it? I say yes.
Also worth it is the €14 elevator ride to the top. The panoramic views of Paris will leave you in awe. It’s the best way to see the “City of Light.”