One of the most popular and romantic destinations in Europe, the Eiffel Tower sparkles in the night sky adding to the captivating allure of the city
The Eiffel Tower is an iron tower built on the Champ de Mars beside the Seine River in Paris. The tower has become a global icon of France and is one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
Date of birth: March 31, 1889 (hoisting the flag to the top), built for the Universal Exhibition in celebration of the French Revolution.
Age: 119 years
Contractor: Gustave Eiffel & Cie
Engineers: Maurice Koechlin & Emile Nouguier
Architect: Stephen Sauvestre
Studies: Begun in 1884
Construction: 1887 to 1889 (2 years, 2 months
and 5 days)
Composition: 18,038 pieces, 2,500,000 rivets
Weight of the metal structure: 7,300 tons
Total weight: 10,100 tons
Height: 324m (height with flagpole)
Latitude : 48º 51′ 32″ North
Longitude : 002º 17′ 45″ East
Numbers of visitors up to December 31, 2007:
Distinctive feature: recognizable throughout the entire world
Number of steps: 1665
Owner: City of Paris
Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris. More than 200,000,000 have visited the tower since its construction in 1889, including 6,719,200 in 2006, making it the most visited paid monument in the world. Including the 24 m (79 ft) antenna, the structure is 325 m (1,063 ft) high (since 2000), which is equivalent to about 81 levels in a conventional building.
The first and second levels are accessible by stairways and lifts. A ticket booth at the south tower base sells tickets to access the stairs which begin at that location. At the first platform the stairs continue up from the east tower and the third level summit is only accessible by lift. From the first or second platform the stairs are open for anyone to ascend or descend regardless of whether they have purchased a lift ticket or stair ticket. The actual count of stairs includes 9 steps to the ticket booth at the base, 328 steps to the first level, 340 steps to the second level and 18 steps to the lift platform on the second level. When exiting the lift at the third level there are 15 more steps to ascend to the upper observation platform. The step count is printed periodically on the side of the stairs to give an indication of progress of ascent. The majority of the ascent allows for an unhindered view of the area directly beneath and around the tower although some short stretches of the stairway are enclosed
2008 Individual rates From March 15, 2008 to April 3, 2009
Elevator Full rate (Adults/Children +12)
Top 12,00 €
2nd floor 7,80 €
1st floor 4,80 €
Elevator Reduced rate (Children 3-11 )
Top 6,70 €
2nd floor 4,30 €
1st floor 2,50 €
Stairs 1st & 2nd floors
+ 25 years old 4,00 €
– 25 years old 3,10 €
Children under 3 are free guests at the Eiffel Tower.
All accompanying persons pay the full adult fee.
A 5.5% tax is included. Payment accepted by check , cash or credit card.
The Eiffel Tower is open every day all year long,
– from 9:30am to 11:00pm, January 1 to June 12 and September 1 to December 31
– from 9:00am to midnight, June 13 to August 31
During Easter weekend and the spring vacation the Tower will remain open until midnight.
Visitors may climb the stairs or take the elevators to go up the Eiffel Tower.
The stairs are open to the public and go up to the second floor (115 meters).
Three elevators (north, west* and east pillars) go up to the first and second floors. Only one or two will be in service on any given day due to maintenance and security reasons.To reach the top of the Tower (276 meters), visitors must take another elevator from the second floor. During the peak visitor seasons, be forewarned that the wait may be consequential.
what to see———
– At the top
A spectacular ascension to the heights towering over Paris.
Elevators take you up on this spectacular ascent providing glimpses of the extraordinary bold architecture of the monument. The 180-meter climb ends with a breathtaking view of Paris.
There are two levels – one outdoors and the other indoors – for you to explore and discover Paris by day or by night.
1Representation of Gustave Eiffel’s office.The wax characters seated in his office are Gustave himself and his daughter Claire as well as their famous guest, the American inventor Thomas Edison.You can see the phonograph that he offered to Gustave.
2 Engineers’ OfficeHistorical representation of the office where Gustave Eiffel and his head engineers Maurice Koechlin & Emile Nouguier prepared the construction plans on the site of the Eiffel Tower.
3 Panoramic Indicators
A 360° photo panoramic of Paris making it easy to identify the city landmarks.
– On the second floor
From here all your photos of Paris will be wonderful.
With its 360° view over Paris, this is the perfect floor to make a photographic study of the city.
From this floor, you can take the elevator to the top of the Tower.1 The souvenir shops
In three different shops on the second floor, Eiffel Tower and Paris souvenirs are available.
2 Snack Bar
This modern cafeteria offers a varied range of food and beverages that can be enjoyed for a quick meal. Other snack bars are located on the ground and first floors.
3″Le Jules Verne” Restaurant
Private elevator access to this restaurant from the south pillar.
Restaurants of the Eiffel Tower
4 Animated window scenes
They relate the history of Eiffel Tower’s construction, and explain the, operation of the old hydraulic elevator that ran to the top until 1983, as well as the elevators now used.
5 Internet Stations
Surf the Web, get your e-mail or send a virtual post card from the Eiffel Tower.
6 A view that plunges
Take a dive to the ground with your eyes looking through the glass windows located on the floor of the second floor!
– On the first floor
A vast level offering exhibits and displays, as well as shopping and dining.
Here is a vast space where you can stroll and relax.There are displays that let you playfully discover the Tower’s recent and past history, the technology and know-how that it symbolizes as well as the momentous events that happened during its lifespan.
A large circular gallery leads you through a tour of the sites and monuments of Paris, indicated on the orientation panels.
A discovery course designed for the 6-10 year olds, a recreational way for kids to encounter the Tower creator, Gustave Eiffel, and the history of the Tower.
This 12-step discovery course that sends kids in search of the answers to questions about the history and mystery behind the Eiffel Tower.
1 A section of the spiral staircase
Originally, there was a spiral staircase between the second floor and the top level. Gustave Eiffel used these stairs to get to his top floor office. Considered obsolete, the staircase was dismantled in 1983. Twenty segments were sold at a very successful international auction. The segment dispalyed on the first floor measures 4.3-meters high.
2 The original hydraulic pump–
It supplied water to the machinery of the old elevator, which ran from the second floor to the top.
3 FerOscope –
In the center of a transparent bubble, mounted on one of the Tower’s beams, interactive videos, “video glasses” and light shows take you on a discovery of the technical means used to build the monument, as well as the work involved in protecting the iron with paint.
The different colors of the Tower since its construction are visible inside.
If you raise your eyes, you can see wax steeple painters perched on a beam, replicas of the workers who paint the Tower every seven years.
4 Observatory of Tower Top Movement-
An original and unique system that monitors, with a laser beam in real time, the oscillation of the top of the Tower due to the effects of the wind and temperature. A computer linked to sensors calculates these movements. A computer-rendered film in seven languages presents the construction of the Tower, ” Mister Eiffel’s Masterpiece ” (3min30sec).
5 The panoramic indicators-
All around the circular gallery, these markers present the monuments and sites visible below in the city of Paris.
6 Cineiffel –
Unique images of the Eiffel Tower. The Totem, a structure with 8 television screens takes you on a trip through space to discover:
– The “magic box” of virtual images depicting Gustave Eiffel and his Tower.
– An electronic telescope where you can see Paris in the minutest detail.
– A cinema with a wall of screens recall the history of and major events on the Eiffel Tower.
– a hologram.
7 Exhibitions of the Tower –
The Eiffel Tower has never ceased to be an attraction, from its amazing architecture to its longevity and popularity as a monument and city symbol.
Browse through and discover the many exhibits that have chosen to focus on the Tower or its creator, Gustave Eiffel.
8 Souvenir shop-
In the Ferrié House, vis-a-vis the Post office, it proposes a broad range of postcards and memories objects for small and large.
9 Snack Bar –
Located at the Pavillon Ferrié, this café offers quick service and a patio on the south side to relax a moment while enjoying your refreshments.
10 The Altitude 95 Restaurant –
Restaurants of the Eiffel Tower
11 “PARIS-TOUR EIFFEL” Post office –
On the 1st floor, open every day from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm
Special “Paris Tour Eiffel” postmark. Sale of postage stamps and philatelic souvenirs from France. Posting of letters and post cards. Automatic national and international telephone communications.
12 The Gustave Eiffel room –
The Gustave Eiffel reception room offers a spectacular location on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, with its exceptional view looking down across the city of Paris.
Thanks to the refined atmosphere and state-of-the-art equipment, this reception room (300m²) is able to accommodate seminars, conferences, cocktails, press conferences, etc.
– On the ground
All visits begin at the ground floor entrances.
The Elevator Machinery in Use Since 1899
Located underground, the massive hydraulic elevator machinery designed by Gustave Eiffel that has since been restored and computerized is still in use today.
However, access to this machinery is closed to the public.
Gustave Eiffel carved by Bourdelle-
Gustave Eiffel carved by Bourdelle In 1929, on the initiative of the Ferrié General a subscription was open for the realization of a bust of Gustave Eiffel.
This monument was carried out with the foot of the Tower Eiffel, Créé by the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle assisted of the architects Auguste Perret and André Granet, the bust was installed with the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
On May 2 the sculpture was inaugurated by the Secretary of State at the postal and telecommunications authorities in the presence of many scientific personalities and of the Eiffel family.
Souvenir shops –
Souvenir shops offering Eiffel Tower and Paris souvenir items can be found on the ground level at the foot of the pillars, as well as on the first and second floors.
The snack bar –
This cafeteria offers a choice in dishes and drinks for fast dining. Other cafés are located on the first and second floors.
Service of banknote withdrawal-
The two distributors of tickets are quadrilingual and accept the international charts most used as well as proprietary cards. They are conceived to allow the blind people and malvoyantes like with the people handicapped in armchair to carry out money withdrawals, in total autonomy and in full safety.
Illumination and beacon-
” The guardian of Paris in golden apparel”
The Eiffel Tower lights up every evening from sunset to 1am (2am during the three months of summer), coupled with the lighthouse on the Tower top that sends out its light beams during the same hours. As for the glimmering lights, this ten minute show is added during the first five minutes of each hour on the hour.
The golden night lighting has adorned the Tower since December 31, 1985. It is composed of 335 spotlights placed so as to highlight the structure of the monument. The beacon and the glittering lights arrived in celebration of the new millennium, December 31, 1999. The beacon’s two beams of light can travel up to 80 kilometers; it is composed of four automatically-operated spotlights. As for the glimmering lights, 20,000 light bulbs are necessary; that is to say, 5,000 per façade.
Backstage at the Eiffel Tower-
Discover the Eiffel Tower Behind the Scenes.
You’re in for a surprise! A guided tour will take you into a room where you can look on the original machinery that controls the operations of the elevators, a bunker that was hidden under the Champ de Mars, as well as the technical control room on the first floor. Furthermore you will learn exciting trivia behind the history of the Tower, some of the initial projects and the challenges behind its construction as well as the Tower’s restructuring enumerated by Gustave Eiffel in counter-reaction to developments for the coming centuries
Symbol of Paris and France, the Eiffel Tower is one of the monuments the most visited in the world. As never seen before since its construction in 1889, the Tower invites you on a fascinating discovery behind the scenes.
With your guide, you will enter the original machine room where the elevators are controlled, you will discover a bunker located under the Champ de Mars garden, take a tour of the control room on the first floor and have a chance to admire the surprising vantage-point view looking out over the esplanade below.
In the course of the visit, the guide will reveal some of the most unusual anecdotes concerning the history of the Eiffel Tower, including the harships encountered during its construction and Gustave Eiffel’s plans to maintain the structure for the centuries to come.
5 avenue Anatole France
Champs de Mars
Métro – Trocadéro (lignes 6, 9),
Bir Hakeim (ligne 6) ou Ecole Militaire (8).
RER C Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel.
Guided Tour Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Group Visits For 15 people or more
One guide per group of 15-20 persons
Available from 10 am to 7:30 pm
Group rate: 17€
Indidivual Visits Visits organized for a minimum of 2 persons
Available as of September 2007, only on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5:30 pm
Reservation You must reserve in advance; we recommend at least one month in advance.
Eiffel Park Paris
Type of rooms Rates
Standard Room from 80 to 210 euros
Superior Room from 110 to 235 euros
Family Room from 160 to 420 euros
Buffet Breakfast 13 euros
Hotel Passy Eiffel
Passy Eiffel hotel, right at the heart of the chic capital’s 16th district,
This charming 3 stars hotel offer 50 rooms all equiped with : air-conditionned, WIFI wireless Internet access, complete bathroom with hair dryer, TV satellite (Japanese TV) and minibar.
Hotel is close to the Trocadero, at 800 metres from the Eiffel Tower (Shops, Restaurants, Cinemas) , near Champs Elysees and the Bois de Boulogne.
Subway station Passy (line 6) at 150 meters from the hotel or Trocadero (lines 6, 9).
Price per room per night.
Standard Room 150 / 180 €
Superior Room 170 / 205 €
Superior Twin 170 / 205 €
Deluxe Room 195 / 230 €
The Tourville Paris
Le Tourville hotel, a luxury 4 star hotel near the Eiffel Tower and Champ de Mars. The rooms are in light and relaxing yellow, sand color or pink, have been renovated, they are all deliciously suffused with light.
All the rooms are very spacious and the bathrooms in black marble are so lovely. Our guest will find all comforts: air conditioning and WIFI wireless Internet access in every room.
Subway station Ecole Militaire (line 8) at 100 meters from the hotel.
Price per room per night.
Standard Double 180 €
Superior Double 250 €
Extra Bed – One per Room 20 €
Deluxe Double 270 €
Extra Bed – One per Room 20 €
Junior Suite 350 €
EXECUTIVE SUITE 470 €
Hotel du Cadran
Recently renovated, the Cadran Hotel welcome you in a warm atmosphere in the heart of one of the most prestigious touristic and business areas of Paris in the 7th district.
Ideally located at only 750 meters from the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars (Military Academy), near the famous Invalids.
This 3 star design hotel contains 42 air-conditioned rooms, they all are equipped with: WIFI wireless Internet access, cable-satellite color LCD TV, individual safety box and bathroom with hairdryer.
Special welcome amenities: welcome set with tea & coffee.
Subway station Ecole Militaire (line 8).
Bus : 28, 80, 82, 87, 92
Price per room per night.
Christmas Promotion !
Standard double or single room 130 €
Superior double room 160 €
Superior twin bedded room 160 €
Superior King size 160 €
Family room 280 €
Junior suite 280 €
City Tax Included
Buffet Breakfast Included