Daily Lift Steps
From January 1 to June 14 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 9:30 a.m. to 6:30
Final ascension 11:00 Final admittance 6:00 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.
(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
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
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
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
Located underground, the
massive hydraulic elevator
machinery designed by Gustave
Eiffel that has since been restored
and computerized is still in use
However, access to this
machinery is closed to the public.
Open every day, this is where
visitors can exchange their foreign
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 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
Ice cream stand
Open from March to October
offering a full range of ice cream
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.
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
The panoramic indicators
All around the circular gallery, these
markers present the monuments and
sites visible below in the city of Paris.
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.
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
- 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
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
Sweets, chocolates, teas, terrines,
mustards, a large array of
gastronomic souvenirs from Paris and
the different regions in France. Gift-
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!
This modern cafeteria offers a varied range of
food and beverages that can be enjoyed for a
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
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
The Tower's beacon sent out its beams for
the first time on December 31, 1999 at
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
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
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)
Latitude : 48º 51' 32" North
Longitude : 002º 17' 45" East
Numbers of visitors up to December 31, 2006:
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