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Information’s that you should know, before going to Eiffel Tower:

Eiffel Tower is one of the most beautiful and visited places in the World. Gustave Eiffel was the civil engineer who gave it its name. In France, locally they call “La dame de fer” (“Iron Lady”). 

Gustave Company took around 2 years to build it for the World fair entrance in 1889, which is held in Paris. It is situated in the 7th arrondissement, along the Seine river, at 5 Avenue Anatole France. Three hundred and sixty-four meters tall, you can see it from distance.

Design:

 Gustave Eiffel’s company designed the Eiffel tower.50+ Engineers and designers were working on this project, around 18038+ Metallic Parts required and 5300 Workshop designs.

Construction:

 7300 tons of iron are needed to build this Giant Structure. 2,500,000 rivets, 5 lifts installed, and 60 tons of paint. Around 200 to 300 people were working on the construction site at the time.

Duration:

 It was a Big Project to build, the construction of the basement started on 26th January 1887, and completed the iconic Metal structure was on 31st March 1889. The days/years needed to complete the structure are 2 years,2month and 5 days.

Name of the Principal architect

Stephen Sauvestre was the principal architect.

He had also worked on the Gas Pavilion for the 1878 World Expo in Paris, as well as the Hotel Seyrig in Paris, before the Eiffel Tower. 

What is the location of the Eiffel Tower?

Most of the peoples know where the Eiffel Tower is:

Country: France 

City: Paris

Some may don’t know the exact location. It is located at Avenue 5, Anatole France in Paris’s 7th arrondissement, close to the Seine River.

Why Eiffel Tower So popular?

When you think about France, then the first thing that will pop up in your mind is The Eiffel Tower. It was the tallest building in the world from its first build in 1889, hold the record for 4 decades. For its unique and modern look, people around the world visited the tower to see its beautiful metallic structure. Since its opening, the tower has been visited by more than 300 million people. 

Nowadays 6 million visitors visit every year and make it the most-visited paid monument in the world

Every year, how many people visit the Eiffel Tower?

Every Year 6.8 million peoples visit to see the “Iron lady” of Paris, France. An average of 20,000 to 25,000 visitors come per day.

Who Built the Eiffel Tower?

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel was a Civil engineer in France, his company designed and build the Eiffel tower, his project was selected by the France government from 100+ Design for the World’s fair in 1889. The Tower is named after Gustave Eiffel.

 Why Eiffel Tower was designed and built for?

The Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1889 for the World’s Fair in Paris to celebrate the French Revolution’s 100th anniversary. Over 100 architects and engineers Submitted their Design, among those Gustave Eiffel’s Design was Chosen.

what kind of Metal was used to build Eiffel Tower

To build this iconic structure, Gustave Eiffel preferred Iron than Steel and 7300 tons of puddled Iron is used.

it is used because:

  1. The metal element that can be found naturally on Earth.

2. Puddled iron is almost pure iron by the refining process,

3. very low amount of carbon there and Steel is a man-made alloy is made by mixing of iron and carbon together.

60 tons of paint are required to protect it from rusting. Every 7 years the tower needs to repaint. 

What is the weight of the Eiffel Tower in tons?

The current Hight of the tower is 324 m (1063 feet),

4 pillars and the metal frame structure weight 7300 tons, the addition of 2450000+ rivets,18000 iron parts, 6 lifts installed, 3 levels, and 60 tons of paint increased the Eiffel tower total weight to 10100 tons.

Eiffel tower height

 The Eiffel Tower’s total Hight is 324m include the radio antenna. It was the world’s tallest skyscraper for 41 years until it was overtaken in 1930 by the Chrysler Building. 

Why 300m Hight was Chosen for The Eiffel Tower?

To make a record and surpassed the 300m mark line.

In the 18th century, there was not a single building or construction that reached the height of 300 m that’s why the Hight was chosen. It was hard to build and even though difficult to think of that kind of structure at that time for the engineers and scientists. When the Tower construction finished, the engineers and scientists were surprised to see the 300m tall Metallic structure standing on the ground in Paris. 

 Why Eiffel Tower Shaped that way?

The Shape of the Eiffel Tower was designed Specially to counter the moment created by wind. To make it Strong and stand for years, the 4 legs and the unique frame structure help to distribute the ton of weight evenly. To make it lightweight the designer made triangles or “X” shape beam and hollow all over the metal frame from the ground to top and sloping curve.

So that strong wind will flow easily throw the tower without disturbance the shape.  

Floors in The Eiffel Tower?

There are 3 Floors inside the Eiffel Tower. 1st floor at 57m (190 foot). You have to climb 328 Steps and the 2nd floor at 116m (380 foot) 346 Steps. At 276 meters, the highest and last level floor, there are 1665 steps from the ground to the summit. To get to the summit from the second level, you’ll need to take a lift.

When does the Eiffel Tower sparkle?

In 1985, New lighting system was installed with 350 high-pressure sodium bulbs by Pierre Bideau. The Sparkled Lighting was introduced on 31 Dec 1999, around 20,000 bulbs placed all over the Eiffel tower and a searchlight on top to create the sparkle effect, it was a surprising moment for visitors to see the wonderful light show on the night of the New Year 2000.

The Light starts to glow after the sunset to 1 am, during the sparkled lighting effect you can see are twinkling white lights. Every hour the sparkling light glows for 5min, during the show other illuminate turns off so that the twinkling light sparkles like a Star in the dark shadow. The final performance lasts a full 10 minutes.

 Is taking pictures at the night in the Eiffel tower is illegal?

Yes, it is illegal to photograph at night of the Eiffel Tower because it’s an artistic creation still under copyright. The Eiffel tower was under copyright protection by Gustave Eiffel. In European Union, the copyright law holds for 70 years after the creator has passed away, Gustave Eiffel Died in 1923, so the copyright protection expired after 70 years. In 1993 the Eiffel Tower Re-enter into Public Domain, but the problem is the Night-time lighting, which was installed in 1985, by Pierre Bideau. The Tower and the lighting at night were two separate things. You can click the photo of the Eiffel tower in the daytime but at night for personal purposes, you can click the photo and can keep it to your phone, tab, or computer, but not for commercial benefit, social media sharing, or distribution to another website. Get permission from Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE).

Planning for Tour:

What is a suitable time to go to the Eiffel Tower?

The Eiffel Tower, it is a most visited and attractive place for tourist around the World. For some people, it is a romantic place to hang out and walk around the tower with your loved one. You can make a picnic near the Southside of the tower, there you may see a grassy area, perfect for a picnic spot, and see the wonderful view of the tower sitting/laying down. 

Season and time: 

The Eiffel Tower is always open to welcome visitors around the world .it does not matter if it’s a rainy day, summer, or winter day. The iron lady of Paris standing still for years. The tower only close on Bastille Day (14 July), the national dayof the French.

From late June to early September opening Time9:00 a.m. to 12:45 am.

The rest of the month, Time changes a little: 9:30 a.m. to 06:30 p.m.

The best month to visit Eiffel is October to Merch less crowd weather to not so hot.

In December month the crowd seems largely due to charismas and winter vacation school, college off.

So, population traffic goes high be prepare for the long line waiting 1hr 30min to 2hr to entering the tower. Although if you visit January to march time, you will see less crowd and waiting time around 30min.  

Day Tour: 

Peoples visit the Eiffel tower Every day, to see “The Iron Lady” Beauty. If you visit daytime, you will Spot the 72 Scientist name Engraved on the Tower. When you climb the tower, the Paris city comes to view, and the Tower details structure closely. The best view of the city is from the top level of the tower. The clear blue sky, the people below you will seem like the ant, a long-distance city Building, and the other tourist spot like the seine river, Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame de Paris, and Dome des Invalides, panoramic view from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Night Tour: 

It is a different experience, going at night to the Eiffel tower. The tower lights up after sunset, 336 projectors high-pressure sodium bulb light up and give a golden show from evening to midnight, 20,000 sparkled light effect start every hour for 5min until the last hour of the night and twinkle white sparkled light for 10min. Climb the tower while the light glowing the inner structure of the iron lady. See the wonderful night city from the tower’s observation deck.

Taking Picture of the Eiffel Tower at nighttime is illegal, but no one wants to miss this opportunity after looking at the lighting “Iron lady”. You can click the picture or take a selfie as the Eiffel tower in the background, there will be no problem unless you use it on social media or any other website for commercial use.

What is the best way to get to the Eiffel Tower in Paris?

Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris, peoples around the world come to visit Paris for many reasons but the main reason is to see the beautiful iconic “Iron lady” of Paris.

Some call it the romantic city of Paris.

If it is your first time in Paris, you may wonder how to get to the Eiffel Tower.

The Eiffel Tower Crowds: How to Avoid Them

  • Book advance tickets to avoid a long waiting line.
  • Choose your visiting month, January, February, March, November, and December those months are fewer crowds. For Christmas and New Year, the Crowd may increase. 
  • Go to peak hour late morning 11 am to 3 pm/4 pm, at night after 8 pm, if you have a full day for the Eiffel tour. 
  • Avoid Weekend, we know the weekend is always busy, because it is off day for all working peoples and student. 

Take the stair it’s less crowded. Only 20min to 30 min waiting time to buy the Ticket from the South Pillar of the tower. If you’re in luck you may pass and start your tower climb. You cannot buy a stair ticket online.

Transport for Eiffel tower: 

As you know, The Eiffel Tower is in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, 5 Avenue on Champ de Mars, Anatole France.

Available Transport:  

Metro and RER:

Champ de Mars / Tour Eiffel, on the RER C train line, is the closest metro/RER station to the Eiffel Tower.

Airport:    

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport 

Bus to RER B:

 Gare de Mitry Claye Stop Mitry-Claye     

RER B:

From   Mitry-Claye, take Metro RER B ST REMY LES CHEVREUSE to Saint Michel Notre Dame.

RER C: 

Take the RER C from Saint Michel Notre Dame to Gare Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel.

Walk: Walk 7 to 8 min near the seine river.

Other Station Close to Eiffel Tower are: 

Station Name:  Platform:
Bir-Hakeim  Metro line 6
Ecole Militaire  Metro line 8
Trocadéro  Metro line 9

Bus: 

Closest Bus Stop Near Eiffel Tower

Station Name  BUSDistance
Monttessuy  827 min walk from Eiffel Tower
Tour Eiffel  308 min walk from Eiffel Tower
Champ de Mars6910 min walk from Eiffel Tower
Pont D’Iena7211 min walk from Eiffel Tower

Car

If you visit the Eiffel tower by Car. There are some Parking spots you may use. 

  • Pullman Tour Eiffel
  • Quai Branly
  • Sainte Dominique

How long are the Eiffel Tower stairwells open?

The Stairs open along with the Eiffel tower opening time in the morning. Depends on which season or months you’re visiting. It is June to September month, stair open from 9 am to 12:30 am, rest of the month 9:25 am to 6:30 pm.

How long are the Eiffel Tower Lifts open?

Lift saves time and helps you reach the floors faster. Open at 

09:00 AM – 12:45 AM. For a time, you can’t go up after 11 p.m. be on time. (Mid-June to September)

Lift time change as the Season changed.

Open at: 09:30 AM -11:45 pm. Be on time (last lift at 11 pm)

1. What is there to See & Do at the Eiffel Tower?

There is a garden near the tower’s leg, you may see it while passing throw the 1st checkpoint to Enter the tower.

A picnic spot on the Champ de Mars, a nice grassy area to sit and enjoy your lunch with your loved one while seeing the beauty of “Iron Lady”. 

Information desk on the West side of the pillar 

There are 3 floors in the Eiffel Tower, each floor has its atmosphere and design.

1st floor: it is 57m high from the ground, has anobservation deck, a restaurant, theater, and a shop.

On the Northside of the leg, you will see Gustave Eiffel Sculpture. 

If you’re hungry, there is a sneak bar shop that prefers various types of sweet and spicy food for kids and adults. Also, have a gift shop near the tower leg. 

The Eiffel Tower’s Evening Lights

The Eiffel Tower light up every night, when the sunset makes the dark sky fade in the city, the tower light glows up all over the metal structure gave a golden tone on it. 

You should go there before the sunset if you want to see the light-up moment on the tower. Do not worry if you miss it. The light stays on till 1 am, and the sparkled effect starts every hour for 5 min.  

Floors of Eiffel Tower 

2nd floor: 116m high have 2 decks for sightseeing and a restaurant

3rd floor: The top floor/summit height is 276 m, only accessible by lift/elevator, it is the highest observation deck in the European Union. Enjoy the panorama view from the Top-level. There is a private apartment of Gustave Eiffel and a champagne bar.

Eiffel Tower Climbing Experience

Climbing to the tower is a challenge to yourself, need stamina and patience. 

The Eiffel Tower has staircases on the 4 legs, you can climb up to the 1st and 2nd floor. The ticket counter is on the south pillar of the tower, but from there on spot, there is no online ticket sale for the stair.

Waiting for line for stair 20min to 30min, less than the lift line. There are 328 steps to reach the 1st floor. It’s better to take a water bottle while climbing, if you get tired sit on the stair for a while and take a photo, see the city view throw the metal cage. After getting to the 1st floor, there is a restaurant and gift shop, if you want to stop by or continue the climbing for another 346 steps to the 2nd floor,2 decks for sightseeing, observe the beautiful tourist place like, Louvre Museum and Seine River, and Shop at the 2nd floor. 

The distance of the top floor from the ground is 276m, around 160m from the @nd floors. The staircase from the 2nd to the top floor is publicly off, the only way to reach the top is by lift. If you use the lift from the ground floor to the 2nd floor directly, then from the 2nd floor you must change to a different lift to reach the summit. Yes, you can buy the ticket from the 2nd floor for the Summit/top floor.

The greatest viewing deck on the Eiffel Tower is on the top floor. There you may find Gustave Eiffel office, champagne bar and don’t worry there is 

a toilet facility if you want to use it.

Where Can I Stay Near the Eiffel Tower in Paris?

After visiting the Eiffel Tower, from morning to evening, waiting in a long lift line or climb the tower’s 676 steps of stairs to reach all floors, when it comes to taking some rest for the night. The first thing pop into your mind is to go to your hotel room. 

It’s better if you book a hotel in advance. The price varies depending on which season or months you are going.

Here are some Hotel and apartment you may stay: 

  1. Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel (4 ★)
  2. Hôtel Gustave (4 ★)
  3. Mercure Paris Centre (4★)
  4. Hotel Relais Bosquet (3★)
  5. Longchamp Elysées (3★)
  6. Le Parisis Hotel (4★)
  7. Hôtel Eiffel Kensington (2★)
  8. Hôtel Le Relais Saint Charles (3★)
  9. Résidence Charles Floquet
  10. Rayz Eiffel (3★)
  11. Shangri-La Hotel Paris (5★)
  12. Le Cinq Codet (5★)
  13. Hôtel Eiffel Trocadéro (4★)

Restaurants at the Eiffel Tower: 

There are two restaurants and a champagne bar in Eiffel Tower.

58 Tour Eiffel (under renovation, reopen soon in 2021): 

It is on the 1st floor (57m from the ground) in the Eiffel Tower. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea/coffee, and dinner without reservation. You can walk around the glass floor on the center edge. Get to the 1st floor by lift or Stair. 

Jules Verne:

 it is a popular restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. On the 2nd floor(125m) of the tower. Need reservation or you may miss the opportunity to taste the delicious foods and wine pairing also have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While taking the dinner, feel the stunning view of the city from a glass window. The restaurant has a private lift on the south pillar of the tower. You need to purchase a ticket to visit the Eiffel tower.

The Champagne Bar:

 It is located on the Eiffel tower’s top floor. (274m). walk around and take 360 panorama photos of the city while enjoying a glass of wine. Separate lifts are available to reach the Top floor

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