Amidst reports of Paris becoming less tourist-friendly, and the subsequent tourism revitalization campaign, Anne Hidalgo - the mayor of Paris - announced the opening of an exciting new set of attractions to augment the already-stunning Eiffel Tower. These additions are aimed at bolstering the number of annual visitors to the city's bastion of the cultural revolution.
As the latest in a series of glass-floored walkways being added to major tourist destinations, like the Skywalk over the Grand Canyon or the Skydeck in Chicago's Willis Tower, the city of Paris has followed suit with the addition of a glass observation floor on the Eiffel Tower's first level. The new observation floor sits 187 ft. in the air, offering dizzying views of the ground below, where swaths of visitors can be seen milling about underfoot. Already this new floor has been effective in increasing tourist traffic, with visitors lining up, albeit mostly to take a novelty lying-down-selfie or two.
In addition to the popular glass observation floor, the Eiffel Tower has a new curved safety barrier which has expanded the viewing potential, thrilling tourists by upgrading the already breathtaking views of the Champ de Mars below.
The first floor of the Eiffel Tower, or "premiere etage," has traditionally been one of the least-visited levels of the tower, but the addition of a new restaurant, gift shop, and museum is set to change that.
Efforts to re-brand Paris as one of the world's most tourist-friendly destinations are still in their infancy, despite the city's heavy annual volume of international visitors and the iconic draw of its many landmarks. In the short term one thing is for certain: the Eiffel Tower's recent renovations are sure to attract an increase in visitors, eager to experience gravity-defying views of the glass-floor, the newest culinary offerings, and the historic journey chronicled in the tower's museum.
Paris provides visitors with a wealth of remarkable tourist destinations, from the Louvre and Arc de Triumph, to the Champs Elysees and Eiffel Tower, enough must-see sites to warrant a multi-day tour of the city. Fortunately, Auto Europe is here to help you accomplish just that, with our best rate guarantee and top-notch customer service, you are only a few clicks away from freely exploring Paris' many enchantments from the comforts of your car rental.