The Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel on the occasion of the universal exhibition of 1899.
Located on the upper side of the Champ de Mars, not far from the river Seine, this monument has quickly become a symbol of France and of its capital.
At the beginning it was 300 meters high and its height has increased up to 325 meters after the installation of several aerials on its top.
The Eiffel Tower has been the highest tower of the world for almost forty years, until the construction in 1930 of the Chrysler Building, in New York. The tower has been used in the past to conduct several scientific tests and today it serves the purpose of transmitting for a great number of radio and television programs.

Criticized harshly straight after its creation by Parisians, the Eiffel Tower represented during the universal exhibition the showcase of French technology.
The tower, by its enormous dimension and its characteristic shape, has immediately become the symbol of the whole country and it is now loved and appreciated by French people.
Visitors who want to get to the top of the Tower should climb 1665 steps…or take the more comfortable elevator.
The height of the tower increases of 6-7 cm due to high temperatures and retract during cold time. Realized in 2 years, 2 months and 5 days, from 1887 and 1889, by 250 workers, the tower was officially inaugurated the 31 March 1889.
More than 6 millions of visitors come every year from all over the world to admire it.

The ground floor of the monument let access visitors from the feet of the tower. The North foot leads to the three floors of the tower through a lift that can carry 110 people directly to the second floor.
Otherwise you can only use stairs to get to the top of the Tower.
The lift of the north floor, built in 1965 and renewed in 1995, is the main one.
A Gustave Eiffel bust, located in a corner, keeps an eye on tourists taking pictures.
The West foot only opens in case of huge crowds and offers the same services than the North one.
The South foot give access to the famous restaurant Jules Vernes, located on the second floor of the Tower, while the East foot is reserved to those courageous visitors who desire climbing the monument by foot.
The first floor is the widest and it hosts the pavilion Ferrié that houses several exhibition spaces, a cinema, a restaurant, shops and even a post office to send postcards directly from the monument. Some curious details disseminated all over the monument narrate the history of the Tower: an ancient water pump that powered the motors of the old lifts, an electronic telescope to discover Paris from the Eiffel Tower and a magical box projecting images of the life of Gustave Eiffel.
The panoramic view from the first floor is really amazing and you can grasp at a glance the river Seine and the Champ de Mars.



Useful information

Address:
Avenue Gustave Eiffel
75007 Paris

Tel.: 01.44.11.23.11

Access:
La-Motte Picquet Grenelle
Bir Hakeim
Champ de Mars - Tour Eiffel

Hours:
Every day from 9h30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and from June to September until midnight

Rates:
Single: from 4 to 11€
Reduced: from 2,30 to 6€
Groups: from 2,30 to 10€.
Prices depend on the floors included in the visit.

For more information:
www.tour-eiffel.fr