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.
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.
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.
Do you have a question about visiting the Eiffel Tower ?
Located at the West pillar of the monument, there’s an information desk where you can pick up all sorts of useful leaflets about the Tower.
When you need to eat in a hurry, the buffets at the foot of the Eiffel Tower offer a varied range of savoury and sweet options and drinks that will be popular with kids and grown-ups alike. Other dining options can be found on the 1st and 2nd floors.
In the esplanade’s gift shop you can buy all manner of souvenirs of your visit to Paris, iconic Eiffel Tower key rings and a range of other gifts.
The esplanade gift shop sells a wide range of unique souvenirs to give as gifts back home, or keep for yourself as a nice souvenir of your time in Paris.