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Behind the scenes at the Eiffel Tower

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Eiffel Tower: the hidden side

You can visit the Eiffel Tower, the ultimate symbol of Paris, with a lecturer.

Below. You can go into the former bunker hidden under the Champ de Mars and descend into the bowels of Dame Eiffel. It's the machine room from which the hydraulic lifts have been operated since the tower was built.

Inside. On the second floor, you can go onto the roof of the presitgious Jules Verne restaurant and discover an exclusive 360° panorama of Paris.

Above. When evening falls, you can go to the third floor and touch the impressive light beam that illuminates Paris. To add a dash of glamour to the moment, treat yourself to a glass of bubbles at the unexpected champagne bar on this floor (€10). Don't forget to visit Gustave Eiffel's reconstructed office before coming back down. 

Eiffel tower: Numbers speak volumes

  • The Eiffel Tower weighs 10,100 tons, including 7,300 tons of metal framework
  • It is 324 metres high
  • It welcomes 7 million visitors a year
  • It has 1665 steps
  • 30,973 m³ of earth had to be moved to pour the foundations
  • It takes 336 projectors to light it and 20,000 bulbs to make it sparkle
  • 25 mountain climbers applied 60 tons of paint in 1995
  • Four tons of rags, 10,000 doses of cleanser, 400 litres of cleaning products, 25,000 garbage bags and 60,000 m³ of water are used every year
     
Les coulisses de la Tour Eiffel