Daily Lift Steps From January 1 to June 14 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. p.m. Final ascension 11:00 Final admittance 6:00 p.m. p.m. (10:30 p.m. for top floor.) From June 15 to September 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 1 a.m. a.m. Final ascension midnight Final admittance midnight (11:00 p.m for top floor.) From September 2 to 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 December 31 p.m. p.m. Final ascension Final admittance 6:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. (10:30 p.m. for top floor.) 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. Altitude 95 is located on the first floor. The name comes from its height, 95 meters above sea level. The large bay windows of the restaurant look out over the Seine and the Trocadéro to one side and the inside of the Tower to the other. The atmosphere is reminiscent of an airship moored above Paris. The restaurant seats 200 and also has a ground floor bar serving drinks and refreshments all day. Reservations (by fax or telephone only): : Tel: 33 (0)1 45 55 20 04 Fax: 33 (0)1 47 05 94 40 The prestigious Jules Verne Restaurant is located on the second floor and has its own private elevator access (south pillar). Sitting in the heart of this intricate iron structure full of angles and perspectives, the Jules Verne looks out over Paris from 125 meters above ground. Chef Alain Ducasse took the helm of the Jules Verne Restaurant cuisine on January 1, 2007. Reservations (by fax or telephone only): Tel: 33 (0)1 45 55 61 44 Fax: 33 (0)1 47 05 29 41 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. Change Office Open every day, this is where visitors can exchange their foreign currencies. Information Stand The Eiffel Tower has opened an information booth at the foot of the monument where you can pick up brochures that will guide you on your tour of the monument and where you can make further inquires about the Tower and the surrounding sites. 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. Telephone: 33 (0)1 44 42 01 70 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. Ice cream stand Open from March to October offering a full range of ice cream and sherbets. 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 displayed on the first floor measures 4.3-meters high. 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. The panoramic indicators All around the circular gallery, these markers present the monuments and sites visible below in the city of Paris. Historical panels Presented in newspaper form with illustrations and captions depicting the era of Gustave Eiffel, a hundred panels all over the monument relate historic and scientific events, innovations and unusual anecdotes since the Tower's construction. 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. "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. Postal financial services (traveller cheques, postal checks, emergency postal checks). Automatic teller machine. The first-floor post office has just added new services. From henceforth, it is possible to carry out banking transactions for checking or savings accounts, send mandates, send and receive faxes within France, buy or refill phone cards, as well as purchase stamped envelopes in various envelop formats. Furthermore, since the month of October, a financial advisor has been made available. Telephone: 33 (01) 45 51 05 78. A shop offering specialty food products Sweets, chocolates, teas, terrines, mustards, a large array of gastronomic souvenirs from Paris and the different regions in France. Gift- wrapping available. 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. 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! Snack Bar This modern cafeteria offers a varied range of food and beverages that can be enjoyed for a quick meal. Representation 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. The actual Tower illuminations were inaugurated on December 31, 1985. They are composed of 335 projectors ranging from 150 to 1000 watts, equipped with sodium lamps shooting their beams upward from the inside of the monument's structure. The Tower's beacon sent out its beams for the first time on December 31, 1999 at midnight. The beacon is composed of four marine- type, motorized projectors. They are operated by an automatically piloted computer program that assures their rotation sweep of 90° and a perfect synchronization of the double light beams, diametrically opposite to the other, pivoting around 360°. Each projector is equipped with a xenon 6000 watt lamp. When visibility is ideal, the beacon is visible from 80 kilometers away. It is activated each evening when the Tower lights up, and shuts down when the Tower does. The banks of the Seine offer such a splendid view of the city’s most famous monuments stretching along the waterfront for 15 kilometers, it’s no wonder that they have been classified a World Heritage by UNESCO. Little by little, the Parisian promenades have expanded and ousted the industrial factories and warehouses. On Sundays from March to November, the streets are closed except to skaters, cyclists, walkers, baby carriages…in between the Iena Bridge (right bank) and the Quai Anatole France (left bank). At the height of his glory after the battle of Austerlitz, Napoleon Bonaparte built this victory arch in 1806 in celebration of the imperial army. When the grandeur of the Empire was toppled, the construction went unfinished until 1836, completed under the reign of Louis-Philippe. A popular location for patriotic events and home to an unknown soldier and the flame ignited in memorial, the arch offers a spectacular rooftop view of the monuments in- line from the Grand Arch at La Defense to the Louvre. The renowned Champs Elysées stretches between the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe, and is part of the perspective aligning the Pyramid at the Louvre to the Grand Arch at La Defense. Symbolically an avenue of luxury, the Champs Elysées is often where national events and celebrations unfold. General De Gaulle triumphantly marched down it when Paris was liberated in August 1944. Date of birth: March 31, 1889 (hoisting the flag to the top), built for the Universal Exhibition in celebration of the French Revolution. Age: 117 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) Coordinates : Latitude : 48º 51' 32" North Longitude : 002º 17' 45" East Numbers of visitors up to December 31, 2006: 229.623.812 Distinctive feature: recognizable throughout the entire world Number of steps: 1665 Owner: City of Paris The Eiffel Tower, symbol of innovative technique at the end of the 19th century, has maintained its universal image. Even if 6 million visitors climb the Tower each year, the number of those who have set eyes on the Tower but never foot coupled with those who know of the Tower but have never even caught a glimpse of the monument are far more numerous. Its simplified representation is but an inanimate object, an unchanging reference point. Yet, differing from many other structures built in the past, it is alive, ever changing and evolving. The most spectacular transformations are also those that are the most visible: it has changed color six times in its lifetime and its lighting effects have been designed at different moments to decorate the tower for a day or for longer periods of time. Following many different lighting styles, the present day system has been highlighting the internal structure of the Tower for more than ten years now.