- "I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am."
– Gustave Eiffel
The Eiffel Tower's bonus is immensely useful to players who are aiming for a Culture Victory. The simplest use of this wonder for any cultural civilization is to buff their Seaside Resorts; the Eiffel Tower increases each Seaside Resort's Tourism by 4 and grants an extra 2 Gold while also enabling new Seaside Resort locations that would not be possible without it. Players looking to use this strategy should also prioritize Cristo Redentor, which doubles the Tourism output of all Seaside Resorts.
National Parks are also improved by the Eiffel Tower. As National Parks grant Tourism equal to the total Appeal of the tiles inside them, building the Eiffel Tower will grant each of its owner's National Parks +8 Tourism per turn. Note that Mountains and natural wonders also receive +2 Appeal from the Eiffel Tower, so National Parks that include these tiles and Ski Resorts always fully benefit from this wonder.
If you were able to found the Earth Goddess Pantheon, construction of the Eiffel Tower is sure to increase your Faith output from the extra Breathtaking tiles created. While the extra Faith is likely to come too late to aid in a Religious Victory, it will make it easier to purchase Naturalists and Rock Bands to increase your Tourism.
Aside from Culture Victory seekers, there are a few civilizations that reap particularly great benefits from the Eiffel Tower even without Cristo Redentor:
- Australia's Campuses, Commercial Hubs, Holy Sites, and Theater Squares all become more productive when placed on tiles with Charming or Breathtaking Appeal. The Australians should make every effort to build the Eiffel Tower no matter what victory they are pursuing.
- Bull Moose Teddy's America can use the Eiffel Tower to increase the number of Breathtaking tiles from which he can earn extra Science and Culture. While not as versatile as the Australians, Bull Moose Teddy prioritizes National Parks, and building the Eiffel Tower unlocks many potential sites for National Parks.
- Canada can use the Eiffel Tower in a similar fashion to Bull Moose Teddy. While they don't gain extra Science and Culture, they do gain +1 Diplomatic Favor for every 100 Tourism they generate, and they'll want to generate a lot of Tourism through National Parks. Canada as a civilization is perhaps better suited to making National Parks than America is, as they do not need Faith to create them and their individual Tundra tiles are more productive than if another civilization built the same improvement on terrain that's better for settling. This means Canada is free to use more tiles for National Parks without losing out on too much.
- The Mapuche should prioritize the Eiffel Tower, since it unlocks more locations where they can place Chemamull.
Named after Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, whose company built the gigantic steel tower to serve as the main entrance for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (world’s fair) in Paris, the Eiffel Tower has come to symbolize the “City of Lights.” (And as garishly illuminated as the tower is at night, this seems fitting.) It was the tallest structure in the world at the time it opened to awestruck crowds, but it was also the subject of considerable controversy and criticism from self-appointed arbitrators of culture. Before it was even built a 300-member committee made up of some of the most prominent French engineers and artists dispatched a petition to the Minister of Works that opened: “We, writers, painters, sculptors, architects and passionate devotees of the hitherto untouched beauty of Paris, protest with all our strength, with all our indignation in the name of slighted French taste, against the erection … of this useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower.” Many were also upset that it was going to cost French taxpayers a million dollars – a not inconsiderable sum at the time. Luckily for the Parisian Tourism Board, the protests were ignored and up the Eiffel Tower went.