Eiffel Tower

Information, urban legends and travel notes about the Eiffel Tower, one of the landmark places of Paris and at the top of the List of Must-See Places in the World. How many meters is the Eiffel Tower? Where is the Eiffel tower? How to go? Things you wonder about Paris’s iron tower.

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If I were to ask what is the top place to visit in Paris, 90% of them would say the Eiffel Tower. Although Parisians see the Eiffel Tower as a freak, a place of shame, it has a magic of its own that attracts the attention of the whole world.

The Lights of the Eiffel Tower, which fell victim to Europe’s energy crisis in 2022, were really worth seeing. I regret to announce that the visual feast, which is held every night at 22:00 with all its splendor, will no longer be held.

At the same time, the French use the “Iron Woman” analogy for the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel tower is described as female (-she) in the classification of male and female objects in English. Another name for the Eiffel Tower is the Iron Tower.

For this reason, we felt the need to update this article called “The Eiffel Tower” in the light of our research on the Internet and the questions coming from Social Media. The most curious and asked questions about the Eiffel Tower are as follows;

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Eiffel Tower

why was it done?
when was it done?
Who did it?
Who gave it to you?
What was the iron tower built for?
An antenna?
How many floors and how many meters high?

Frequently asked questions about the Eiffel Tower.

Brief Information About Paris Eiffel Tower

During our trip to Paris, we reserved 3 days for the Eiffel Tower and its surroundings. Many parts of this adventure-filled trip we took as a family were written by my dear wife and we shared with you in our previous article, “The Most Popular Places to Visit in Paris“.

Thankfully, he made a gesture and left the description of the Eiffel Tower to me. Now, without further ado, let me tell you what I visited and saw “through the eyes of a woman“.

Where is the Eiffel Tower, How to Go?

Eiffel Tower Address:

Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

If the address of the Iron Tower of Paris was not enough 🙂 Let me describe how to get to the Eiffel Tower or La Tour Eiffel, as the French say, in the shortest way. As it is known, the Paris Metro Network is one of the oldest and most widespread rail systems in the world.

For this, you need to take the metro line from Denfert Rochereau (line M6-line) to Charles De Gaulle – Etoil and get off at Bir Hakeim metro station.

From here, you will reach the area where the Eiffel Tower is located after walking for about 4-5 minutes with the Eiffel view from the Champ De Mars boulevard.

Curious Information About the Eiffel Tower

I answered general information about the Eiffel Tower, one of the most visited places in the world and one of the iconic places of Paris, in the form of questions and answers. However, there are so many curious questions about the Iron Tower. I’ve heard urban legends, horror stories, even superstitions about it.

How Much Are The Eiffel Tower Entrance Ticket Fees?

Which floor of the iron tower would you like to climb? Visiting fees vary according to floors. The elevator ticket prices for the Eiffel Tower are as follows according to the floors and your age.

Ticket Prices for Adults Aged 14 and Over:

FloorFee
Exit and Landing with Elevator up to the 3rd Floor25.50€
Climbing and Descent by Stairs up to the 3rd Floor19.40€
Exit and Landing with Elevator up to the 2nd Floor16.30€
Climbing and Descent by Stairs up to the 2nd Floor10.20€
14+ Eiffel Tower Elevator Fees

Ticket Prices for Children aged 12-14:

FloorFee
Exit and Landing with Elevator up to the 3rd Floor12.70€
Climbing and Descent by Stairs up to the 3rd Floor9.70€
Exit and Landing with Elevator up to the 2nd Floor8.10€
Climbing and Descent by Stairs up to the 2nd Floor5.10€
12-14 Ages Eiffel Tower Elevator Fees

Ticket Prices for Children aged 4-11:

FloorFee
Exit and Landing with Elevator up to the 3rd Floor6.40€
Climbing and Descent by Stairs up to the 3rd Floor4.90€
Exit and Landing with Elevator up to the 2nd Floor4.10€
Climbing and Descent by Stairs up to the 2nd Floor2.50€
4-11 Ages Eiffel Tower Elevator Fees

Ticket Prices for 0-4 Years Old Children and Babies:

FloorFee
Exit and Landing with Elevator up to the 3rd FloorÜcretsiz
Climbing and Descent by Stairs up to the 3rd FloorÜcretsiz
Exit and Landing with Elevator up to the 2nd FloorÜcretsiz
Climbing and Descent by Stairs up to the 2nd FloorÜcretsiz
Eiffel Tower Elevator Fees for Infants

Eiffel tower up-to-date entrance fees and to purchase tickets online;
https://www.toureiffel.paris/fr/tarifs-horaires please visit the address.

Eyfel Kulesi 2.Kat Manzarası
Eiffel Tower 2nd Floor View

Eiffel Tower Visiting Hours

During your trip to Paris, you wanted to visit the Iron Tower.

– What hours is the Eiffel Tower open to visitors?

It is possible to visit the Eiffel Tower between 09:30 and 23:30 every day. However, you may not be able to log in if you go when the Iron Tower is taken into maintenance or when the Eiffel Tower employees go on strike, as in 2015 and 2016.

In fact, in 2018, the Eiffel tower was surrounded by ballistic glass for security reasons. In 2019, the Iron Tower of Paris was completely closed due to the ongoing public movements for some days. The Eiffel Tower may be closed to visitors from time to time due to security risks such as social events and terrorism.

Due to the coronavirus epidemic that started in January 2020 and spread gradually, visits to the Eiffel Tower are completely prohibited. It is not even sincere to go all the way to Paris and not see the Eiffel. If you are going to Paris to see the Eiffel in the near future, I definitely recommend that you go by getting confirmation from current and reliable sources.

In 2021, the Eiffel Tower was reopened to visitors in a controlled manner. However, current PCR tests are requested from foreign visitors. The number of daily visitors has also been gradually reduced. In other words, long queues with social distancing are waiting for us in front of the Eiffel tower.

On this subject, I recommend you to take a look at our post-coronavirus changing travel standards article.

Due to the measures implemented around the world within the scope of combating the Covid-19 virus, the Eiffel Tower and many famous places in Paris were closed to visitors. Therefore, if you have a tour or travel plan for Paris in the near future, be sure to request up-to-date information before you go.

Covid-19 Alerts
Eyfel Kulesi Bilet Satın Alma Gişeleri
Eiffel Tower Ticket Offices

How Was the Eiffel Tower Made?

Its construction started in 1887 and it was opened 2 years later, on 31 March 1889. Although the French resist and think otherwise, the Eiffel Tower is the world-known Symbol monument of Paris and even France.

Eyfel Kulesi İnşaatı
Eiffel Tower Construction Process

The stairs with a total of 1665 steps and the Eiffel Tower, which reaches a height of approximately 325 meters, were built using 10 thousand tons of iron and steel. The Designer of the Eiffel Tower is Gustave Eiffel and he gave his surname to the tower. Its architecture was undertaken by Stephan Sauvestre.

About 3450 workers worked during its construction. It is known that at least 15 workers lost their lives while the Eiffel Tower was being built.

How Many Floors Is The Eiffel Tower?

The Eiffel Tower, one of the iconic works of Paris, was built as 3 floors. However, due to the geometric shape of the Eiffel Tower, the distances between floors are not equal. The length, height and height values of the floors of the Paris iron tower are as follows;

How Many Meters Is The Height Of The 3rd Floor?

The top floor of the Eiffel Tower, which is very important in terms of world architecture, is approximately 275 meters high. The office of Gustave Eiffel, the founder of the Eiffel Tower, is located on this floor.

Today, however, there is Jules Vern Food Restaurant, an elegant and luxurious dining restaurant on the top floor.

It is everyone’s dream to be able to enter this food restaurant on the top floor of the Eiffel Tower. However, for this, you need to make a reservation months in advance with a very high fee. Otherwise, you are not allowed to go up from the 2nd floor.

On the top floor of the iron tower of Paris, besides the restaurant, there is a table with a flag containing the distance and direction information to the important cities of the world.

The signboard, including Istanbul, shows the distance from the Eiffel Tower to many important cities such as New York, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Sydney, Madrid, Lisbon and Beijing.

Eyfel Kulesi Asansörü
Iron Tower Elevator

How Many Meters Is The Height Of The 2nd Floor?

The second floor of the Eiffel tower, which is 115 meters high, is reserved for ordinary visitors. However, there is a daily visitor limit even for the 2nd floor. You can use the stairs or buy a ticket and use the elevator to get to the 2nd floor of the Iron Tower of Paris.

My personal advice is to go up and down with the elevator. You will be less tired and you will have the opportunity to see the interior of the Eiffel Tower in more detail. Or you can go up the stairs and count the steps one by one. Believe me, I’ve come across many people who do this. It may be surprising, but the Eiffel Tower has a total of 1665 steps. 🙂

I would like to give an interesting historical information here. Adolph Hitler, who came to Paris, which was occupied by the German Army during the Second World War, walked up the stairs to the Eiffel Tower, whether it was because he was afraid of the elevator or because of the danger of an assassination. It is even known that Hitler did not use the elevators and even gave up at the last moment when he was going to take the elevator.

Eyfel Kulesinden 360 Derece Paris Manzarası
360 Degree View of Paris from the Eiffel Tower

From the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower;

  • Louvre Museum,
  • Historical bridges over the Sein River and its tributaries,
  • Notre Dame Cathedral,
  • Sacre Coeur Basilica
  • Montmartre Hill
  • Les Invalides Napoleon Mausoleum
  • You can see the Obelisk in Concorde Square.

Here is a giant 360 degree map of Paris right in front of your eyes. An architectural masterpiece where you can see almost every part of Paris and even take 360 degree photos of Paris.

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Eiffel Tower 2nd floor Shops

What’s inside the Eiffel Tower? For those wondering; On the 2nd floor there is a gift shop, a patisserie shop (the macarons are great) and a cafe. In addition to these, there is a 360 degree viewing balcony on the 2nd floor where you can have a bird’s eye view of almost all of Paris.

Here, after you’ve had your fill of the 360-degree view of Paris, you can climb the stairs to the 2nd floor to the mezzanine. Stores and shops are actually located on the mezzanine level of the tower.

Gustave Eiffel Heykeli
Gustave Eiffel Statue

How Many Meters Is The 1st Floor Height?

On the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, at a height of 55 meters, we see the immediate surroundings of the Eiffel. There is also an ice rink on the 1st floor. To get lost in the view of Paris, you have to go up to the 2nd floor.

In the entrance section, which we will call the ground floor of the Eiffel Tower, there is a statue of Gustave Eiffel. In addition to the statue, a mini museum and exhibition hall are located on the ground floor, under the Eiffel Tower.

Why Was the Eiffel Tower Built?

The purpose of the Eiffel Tower was built considering the 1889 Paris Expo Fair entrance gate in the 100th anniversary celebrations of the 1789 French Revolution, which caused radical changes in the world and started the Industrial Age.

Although Gustave Eiffel’s drawings were found quite ugly by Parisians at that time, no one could prevent their construction. While the Iron Tower was being designed, it was built with a plan, considering that it would be dismantled after 20 years.

However, its demolition was postponed from year to year when a considerable tourism income was obtained by gaining a world-renowned reputation in a short time. So much so that the annual average number of visitors to the Eiffel Tower has reached 7-8 million.

How Many Bulbs Light the Eiffel Tower?

The Iron Tower is brightly illuminated every night with almost 20 thousand light bulbs, large and small. At the top are moving spot projectors.

All this lighting system was built under the sponsorship of French Automotive leader Citroen. Routine maintenance is also done by Citroen. When the annual lighting, elevator and other electricity costs of the Eiffel are added up, enough energy is consumed for a small French village.

The iron tower has a magnificent appearance at night as well as during the day. Eiffel looks like a woman who wears her most elegant jewellery. It fascinates those who see it with its dazzling beauty. For this reason, the French called her “Iron Woman“.

Eiffel Kulesi
Eiffel Tower Night

How To Spell Eiffel Tower in French?

One of the most curious questions about the Eiffel Tower in the advanced search engine Google was how its name was written.

The French call the Eiffel Tower “La Tour Eiffel” (La tou eiffel).

Although translated as Eiffel in Turkish, it is pronounced as Eiffel in its original form.

Interesting Facts You Never Heard About The Eiffel Tower

I would like to share a few fun facts about the Eiffel, many of which can be considered urban legends.

Does the Eiffel Tower get taller?

It may sound interesting, but yes, the tower will get longer. Due to the expansion coefficients of the iron and steel materials used in its construction, the Iron Tower of Paris, which is about 325 meters long, can stretch up to 3 cm in the hot summer season. In the cold weather conditions of the winter season, the length of the iron tower can be shortened by 3 cm.

Eiffel Tower Antenna?

When I first heard the antenna question, I thought it was a joke or a joke. However, when I researched the question, I discovered that the Eiffel Tower was a huge part of the television’s first arrival in France.

The Eiffel Tower is located in a location that sees almost the entire city of Paris. Before the 2000s, there was an actively used TV transmitting antenna at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Today, this transmitter is no longer needed as the developing 4K video and satellite technology is used. Coming to the answer to the question;

-Yes, the Eiffel Tower is an antenna. At least, it was so until recently.

The final scene of the movie Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney, which fantastically depicts the Eiffel tower as an antenna, is quite interesting. Maybe there will be spoilers for the movie, but it’s worth remembering.

The Eiffel Tower splits in two vertically, revealing a space rocket and capsule from the bottom. According to the scenario, the Eiffel was designed as an antenna for a future dimension by scientists including Edison and Tesla.

And in the final scene, the actor and a boy and android robot are leaving the world by getting into the space capsule. The Eiffel Tower has been the subject of many Hollywood productions like this one.

Does the Eiffel Tower Tilt?

The Eiffel Tower is in a very open position to strong winds due to the geographical location of Paris. For this reason, the winds blowing especially during the transitions between seasons cause the Eiffel Tower to tilt to the sides by 10 cm. Thanks to the design of the Iron Tower and the flexibility of the material, the Eiffel Tower survives without collapse.

Is the Eiffel Tower Closed?

The tower, which was open until the coronavirus pandemic that started in 2020, started to serve again after a 1-year closure. However, entrances are restricted on the basis of the number of visitors.

The Eiffel Tower is a major source of income for the French. But I would like to share with you a surprising information about the Iron Tower. In an opinion poll attended by Parisians (People of Paris) in 2009, a considerable majority of 40% voted for the demolition of the iron tower.

Even if almost half of the Parisians do not want the Eiffel tower, approximately 7 million tourists from all over the world visit Paris every year and leave a considerable tourism income.

Can You Climb the Eiffel Tower?

Professional climbers climb the Iron Tower in celebration of the Eiffel Tower’s birthday. So far, no one has fallen down on the Eiffel Tower while climbing. But there have been about 500 suicide attempts at the Eiffel Tower. For this reason, the viewing terraces are surrounded by steel wire mesh as a security measure.

What Color Is The Eiffel Tower?

The color of the tower, contrary to popular belief, is variable. Every 7 years, the Eiffel Tower is completely painted and maintained. Over the years, its color changes due to the ultraviolet effect of the Sun. It is painted by Jotun Paint, a French brand.

When first painted, the color of the Eiffel Tower is reddish brown. However, later, it turns into a light bronze color with the effect of corrosion, sun, precipitation and humidity.

The maintenance and painting of the Eiffel Tower requires a great deal of engineering. But the French use it as advertising material. Sponsor paint brands (Jotun Boya) usually pay the invoice for the maintenance and repair process for the Eiffel Tower. I would like to share some data about the latest Eiffel Tower maintenance work.

  • 60 Tons of Paint.
  • 1490 paint brushes.
  • 27 Painter Master.
  • 5250 pieces of sandpaper.
  • 20 bin square meters of network.
  • Total Maintenance Cost: 3.2 Million €

Where Else In The World Is There an Eiffel Tower?

Although the original of the Eiffel Tower is in Paris, it is possible to come across examples in other cities of the world. There is a replica of the Eiffel Tower, approximately 32 meters high, in front of the MGM entertainment center in Las Vegas.

In Tokyo, the capital of Japan, there is the famous Tokyo Tower, inspired by the Eiffel Tower, made of steel in the 50s and with a height of 330 meters. In terms of its dimensions, the closest replica to the real one is the Eiffel Tower in Tokyo.

Minyatür Eyfel Kulesi
Miniature Eiffel Tower-Germany

In Europe, there is the 7-meter-high Mini Eiffel Tower, which was given as a gift from the French to the Germans in the Remich-Schengen region. I took a picture of the mini Eiffel Tower during the Benelux Europe Tour. In our country, an example of the Eiffel Tower made of 7000 pieces of Lego with a height of 4 meters is located in Istanbul Legoland Discovery Center. 🙂

Eyfel Kulesi Legoland İstanbul
Eiffel Tower Legoland Discovery Center Istanbul

Is it possible to smoke hookah in the Eiffel Tower?

This is probably the most interesting or even the funniest question ever asked. You are not allowed to smoke hookahs, not even in the Eiffel Tower. Smoking is completely prohibited due to both health and fire hazards.

If you think that you will drink in a secret corner, you are wrong. Because there are secret security guards and many security cameras walking around as civilians all the time. I’m sure no one wants to have to pay a hefty fine and lose their holiday.

What’s Around the Eiffel Tower?

As you can see in this picture, just southeast of the Eiffel tower, there is a large and long green area divided by the Champ de Mars boulevard. In this area, you can take selfies with a view of the Eiffel tower. At the end of this green area, you can see the Military building of the French Ministry of Defense.

Eyfel kulesi ikinci kattan Paris manzarası
Paris View from the Eiffel Tower

Behind this military building you will see a dark skyscraper. This building is the City Hall, and it is the subject of fierce debates as it is against the historical texture of the city of Paris and distorts the natural silhouette of the Eiffel Tower.

Night View of the Eiffel Tower

It fascinates its visitors with all its splendor at night as well as during the day. In the Eiffel tower, all lighting equipment of which was made by the famous French automotive giant Citroen, a spotlight show is performed every hour from the summit of the Eiffel tower throughout the night.

Also, the Visual Light Show starts every night at 10:00 pm. Do not miss the visual light feast that lasts for about 5 minutes at the same time every night.

Eiffel Tower Light Show

The tower shines brightly like a diamond and can be seen from almost anywhere in Paris. In addition, the special light systems of the Eiffel tower closely follow the world agenda.

For example, the Eiffel Tower shone for minutes with the colors of our glorious flag that night, in memory of those who lost their lives in the heinous terrorist attack that took place at Atatürk Airport in our country in 2016.

How Many Tons and How Many Meters Is The Eiffel Tower?

The height of the Eiffel Tower, one of the most important symbolic works of Paris, the capital of romanticism, is 325 meters with antennas. The Iron Tower Eiffel Tower, which has a height of 300 meters without antennas, weighs 10,455 tons.

Although the weight varies according to the number of visitors, the height only rises and falls by 3 cm due to the expansion of iron and steel depending on the weather conditions. The height of the tower from the ground and its sideways trend are continuously controlled by GPS satellites. When the safe standard data is exceeded, an emergency is declared in the Eiffel Tower and they evacuate the visitors.

Although the maintenance of the Eiffel Tower is done on time, the risk rate against corrosion and possible collapse events is increasing rapidly due to its advancing age. For this reason, possible emergency plans were implemented by conducting a fire drill in the tower last year. Up-to-date information and data about the Eiffel Tower are collected instantly and kept under constant control by means of a computer software. All these measures are taken to ensure the safety of our visitors. In other words, it is extremely safe to go to the Eiffel Tower.

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We turn every gap we find into a holiday and use all the opportunities we catch to the full. Sometimes we traveled for kilometers on the stony mountain road (Adrasan) with our vehicle, sometimes we walked for hours on narrow paths with children on lap (Gelidonya Lighthouse). We were very tired but we had no regrets.
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