The Esplanade

Dominated by the Eiffel Tower that soars upwards in all its splendour, the esplanade affords spectacular views of the tower. 

Under its spell and filled with wonder, you will perceive the delicate finesse of its puddled iron structure, counterbalanced by the sturdiness of the four pillars (East, South, North, and West). The Tower stands upon these four legs to reach a height of 324m, high above your head. 

From here, in the heart of Paris, you admire the historic view between Trocadéro and Ecole Militaire.

The tower is climbed through its legs, which house lifts and stairways.

Esplanade attractions

The 1899 lift machinery

A technical feat

Did you know that machines which operate the Tower’s lifts are more than a century old? Of course they’ve been restored and computerised since but they are still in use !

These imposing hydraulic machines designed by Gustave Eiffel are located in the basement but are not open to the public, except on certain Heritage Days or for guided tours.

Gustave Eiffel sculpted by Bourdelle

In 1929, at the suggestion of Général Ferrié an application was submitted for a bust of Gustave Eiffel to be made.

Created by the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle (assisted by the architects Auguste Perret and André Granet), the bust was inaugurated on 2 May by the Secretary of State for postal and telecommunications services in the presence of a host of scientific personalities and members of the Eiffel family.

You can see this bust at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, at the corner of the North pillar.

The "groups and information" desk

Do you have a question about visiting the Eiffel Tower ?

There’s an information desk where you can pick up all sorts of useful leaflets about the Tower.

The "Groups" desk informs group tour organizers on the day of their visit on availability offered on last minute booking, in case of a lack of availability on the online booking system.

Both desks are located at the West pillar of the monument.

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