Trocadero & Eiffel Tower  

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1. Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower, named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, is the tallest building in Paris (324m). The first and second levels are accessible by stairways and lifts. The structure was built between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch for the Exposition Universelle, a World's Fair marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution.

Opening hours:
From June 13 to August 31,
Elevators 9:00am to 00:45am, Final lift up at midnight (11:00pm for top floor)
Steps 9:00am to 00:45am, Final admittance midnight

Elevator entrance tickets (to second floor) 8.00€ (adults), 6.40€ (youth), 4.00€ (children)
Elevator entrance tickets to top floor 13.00€ (adults), 9.90€ (youth), 7.50€ (children)
Stair entrance tickets (to second floor) 4.50€ (adults), 3.50€ (youth), 3.00€ (children)

Metro: Trocadéro, Passy, École Militaire

2. Place de Trocadéro

The Palais de Chaillot, also named Trocadero, was designed in Neo-Classical style for the 1937 Paris Exhibition. The Palais de Chaillot is above all famous for its spectacular view on the Eiffel tower, but it also worth a visit for its museums, specially the Navy museum with ship models spanning three centuries of naval history.
Metro: Trocadéro

In the east wing of the Palais de Chaillot you can visit Musée des Monuments français (Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine). Here you can find three-dimensional models of great French cathedrals and also casts of French architecture from the 12th to 18th centuries.

On Avenue Albert de Mun you can find Aquarium du Trocadéro which is home to over 500 species of sea creatures, including seahorser, clown-fish, stonefish and some spectacular sharks and rays.

3. Champ de Mars

The gardens stretching from the Eiffel Tower to the Ecole Militaire were originally a parade ground for the officer cadets. It was for the Universal Exposition of 1889 that the architect Jean-Camille Fromigé re-designed the Champ de Mars by reducing it from its original 42 hectares. Today, the Champ de Mars is a vast lawn area with wide walking paths crossing the lawns.
: Ecole Militaire

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