Aim high!

An epic movie tells the story of the Eiffel Tower - and Mademoiselle Lili recommends a tour through Paris in the footsteps of the famous master builder.

Bringing patriotism and romantic heroism onto the screen in huge images - that is actually a specialty of Hollywood. But the French can do it too! The film “Eiffel (in Love), a German-French co-production, is dedicated to the most famous building in France and its creator, Gustave Eiffel. In the 19th century, the engineer and his bold steel structures were seen as the Grande Nation's calling card, as an expression of its innovative charisma. He built from Africa to South America, from Budapest to Saigon. At the height of his fame, he was just helping to complete the Statue of Liberty in New York, and he returns to Paris in the late 1880s. The French government pressured him to design something spectacular for the 1889 Paris World's Fair. He hesitates, doesn't really want to - until the encounter with his childhood sweetheart lets him reach top form.

The film tells not only of the patriotic show of strength behind the landmark of Paris, dramaturgically pepped up with a forbidden love, but also of the massive resistance of the Parisians, to whom the 300-meter-high steel colossus in the middle of the city initially breathed more fear than pride. Postponed again and again due to the corona, "Eiffel" is now coming to the cinemas at the right time: on the one hand, it satisfies the currently politically troubled national pride of the French, on the other hand, it helps the starving tourism industry by simply whetting the appetite for Paris again.

Inspired by the film, the city of Paris is now even organizing architectural tours that primarily visit all of Gustave Eiffel's buildings that were previously overshadowed by his super tower. The two-hour tours lead to the Parc Buttes-Chaumont, where its high, red steel suspension bridge has been making the adrenaline rush to every pedestrian who wants to get to the Sybil temple on the island since 1867. They lead to the Palais Galliera fashion museum, which hides a metal structure from Eiffel behind its neo-renaissance facade and whose banisters, windows and gates also come from the Eiffel workshop. Or to the oldest cabaret in Paris, the Paradis Latin, which Eiffel also converted into a world exhibition: as a superlative theater stage. And it also leads directly to the present, to the chic Le Shack: a mixture of restaurant, club and coworking space. The light-flooded metal structure of this former printing house was designed by Eiffel in 1872 and has retained its charm and authenticity to this day. The Eiffel Tour is a truly edifying walk, where you can discover Paris, its grandeur and history, in a whole new way.

Le Shack
Parc Buttes-Chaumont
Paradis Latin

Both - film and tour - are my personal highlights this fall.


The two-hour Eiffel tour can be booked at: