Eiffel tour

One of the European icons. I would even risk saying, the most prominent one. It is visited by 7 million people yearly.


The Eiffel Tour was constructed for the 1889 Exposition Universelle that took place in Paris. It was designed and build by and under supervision of Gustave Eiffel, a worldwide specialist in metal constructions. Hence its name.

It had only been built to stand for twenty years. Quite soon we will however celebrate its 130 birthday. The works lasted for 2 years, 2 months and 5 days.

It is 324 meters high, with 3 floors from which you can admire the view. The highest one quite close to the top is at 276 m. Basically from the third floor you can only make shots of the panorama. It consists of two levels, one that is fully sheltered, and the upper one that is open but secured with a net. The second floor (at 115 m) is quite a nice place to make photos of the inside (the metal constructions) itself, as it is in practice at least two levels, on which you can freely move around. The first floor is quite huge. In winter an ice skating ring is constructed at one of its corners.

All floors may be reached by lifts, but you have to decide where you want to go before buying a ticket. There is a possibility to skip the first floor, take a lift to the second one. There you can end you visit or take a second lift and go to the top level. From the top level, while returning you must take the lift back. A the second floor you may decide whether to take a lift or take stairs. Last time, I was on the Eiffel tour I decided to take stairs to the ground level. With more than 100 meters to go down it required a bit of a muscle work. But it was worth it as one can see the metal construction at close. On the way I have met however two joggers running up the stairs.

JMA, Paris, February 2017

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