Standing at a height of 324 meters (1,063 ft), the iconic lattice Eiffel Tower in Paris' Champ de Mars has become a universally recognized symbol of French culture the world over. Its design and construction were originally intended to assist in the commencement of Paris' 1889 World's Fair, but since then it has been utilized in a number of different roles (including a strategic radio tower during both World Wars I and II and the fatal launch pad for would-be parachute inventor Franz Reichelt).
Today, the Eiffel Tower is counted among the world's most visited and cherished monuments, with an average of approximately 7 million visitors annually. What does this all mean for you? Well, 2 expensive restaurants and long waits to get to the top for starters (though, to be fair, the view is pretty fantastic). Cynicism aside, however, this is truly a spectacle to behold, even if you content yourself with just having a rest in the park and admiring it from below.
Location:Champ de Mars, Paris
Note:Admittance ticket prices are consistently rising, but in general a lift to the top of the tower will set you back around 13.5 euro ($18).