10 best kept secrets about Eiffel Tower in Paris

Eiffel Tower in Paris

The symbol of France and one of the most visited places worldwide, Eiffel Tower of Paris was built in 1889 by the french civil engineer Gustave Eiffel.

7.500 tones of iron and 2.5 million rivets were used for the construction of this Paris Tower. Everything related to this construction is impressive.

Updated 22 November 2020:  In the context of the COVID-19 outbreak and due to the government health measures recently announced, the Eiffel Tower will be closed to the public until further notice as of Friday 30th October 2020 included.

For visitors who purchased tickets in advance for a visit from October 30th to December 1st: you will be contacted by mail by the customer service to talk about the automatic cancellation and refunding procedure.

Eiffel Tower Paris is a place which should be visited at least once in your lifetime as it is considered to be the symbol of Paris, one of the most important European cities!

Eiffel Tower of Paris Sunset
Eiffel Tower Paris Sunset

Over time many things have been said about this wonderful place but I am sure that most of you don’t have any idea about what I am going to tell you below!

I picked for you the 10 most hidden secrets about this monument because I am sure you don’t even hear about them:

1. On top of the tower, there is a secret apartment

Yes! The architects who designed the tower built a wonderful apartment with a breathtaking view on top of the monument!

Eiffel Tower in Paris Tower
Paris Tour Eiffel

The apartment was used by Gustave Eiffel to host the most important guests of all the times. Personalities like Thomas Edison was hosted in this apartment.

In our days, the apartment is open to the public and can be visited when you visit the monument.

2. The tower was not designed by Gustave Eiffel

Although many consider that the person who projected the monument was Gustave Eiffel, in reality, the things are not like that. Two men named Emile Nouguier and Maurice Koechlin designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

3. Hitler wants Eiffel Tower of Paris down

During the Second World War Hitler ordered to his army to destroy the monument.

Fortunately, this thing never happened and the tower is still standing and is one of the most important attractions of Paris, the capital of France.

Hitler Paris Eiffel Tower Paris World War II
Hitler Paris Eiffel World War II

When Paris was conquered by the nazis, the french army cut the Tower’s elevator cables so the german army was forced to climb up to the top of the monument to hoist their flag.

4. There is a post office in the tower

On the first floor, next to the souvenirs shop there is a small post office.

You can buy from there a beautiful postcard, stamp it with the unique marks of the Tower and send it via postal mail to the destination.

It will be a really great souvenir  to sent to your friends and families as not many people happen to get such a unique postcard from their beloved ones.

5. The Tower is a monument for scientists

Scientists and engineers who contribute to the development of the world were not forgotten. Important names of the 19th centuries can be seen on the monument.

The engraved tributes are more visible now, after the restoration.

Famous names like Dumas, Perrier or Foucault are engraved in Eiffel Tower in Paris to remember the whole world about who they were and what they did for humanity.

6. Underneath the Eiffel Tower of Paris, there is a bunker

A secret military bunker was built underneath the Tower. It is supposed that the bunker is linked with the military school from the nearby area through a secret tunnel.

Today the bunker is home of a small museum and can be visited when you visit the monument.

7. Drink a glass of champagne at the bar from the top

What could be more exciting and interesting than drinking a glass of champagne on top of the Tower?

Eiffel Tower Restaurant Paris
Eiffel Tour Restaurant Paris

Well, it is possible because on top of the monument there is a sky bar which offers wonderful views over Paris and the surrounding area.

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8. It is one of the most copies monuments in the world

This place is so famous that most countries want to have in their country a replica of it.

Eiffel Tower Las Vegas
Eiffel Tour Las Vegas

You can find a copy in miniature or a replica of this monument in Germany, Belgium, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, the United States and the list could go on.

Eiffel Tower Copy China Shenzen
Tour Eiffel Copy China Shenzen

But none of these monuments is as beautiful as the original one although many constructors from all over the world tried there best to built a more beautiful and impressive tower!

Eiffel Tower Replica China Macao
Eiffel Tower Replica China Macao

9. The Eiffel Tower of Paris moves

The monuments move each year with a few centimetres but the movement is carefully monitored by experts!

Even if the construction is projected to resist strong winds when it is a powerful storm outside the tower moves a little bit.

Another weather factor which determines the movement of the tower is the head! During hot summer days, the tower contract and expand with up to 7 inches.

10. The Eiffel Tower in Paris is home of a  lab

On the third floor of the construction, there is a meteorology laboratory built by Gustave Eiffel.

Initially, the laboratory was used only by Gustave Eiffel for studies in physics and aerodynamic.

But after a while, the lab was open for the rest of the scientists to test their experiments.

An interesting fact which you should know about it is that here, on this tower, the cosmic rays were discovered many years ago.

Eiffel Tower Paris Sunset
Eiffel Tower Paris Sunset

Wow! That is a lot of interesting information and I bet many things you did not know about this impressive construction.

You’ll need half a day to explore it but beware as sometimes the queue is very long and you can wait a few hours in the queue to be able to visit the tower!

We recommend you to be one step ahead of the crowds and jump directly to the second level with Eiffel Tower: Second Floor Direct Access. This tour gives you direct access to level 2, unlimited time inside the Towel and a historic presentation of the monument.

Eiffel Tower Second Floor Direct Access
Eiffel Tower Second Floor Direct Access

After such a tiring day we recommend you to book you accommodation at Hotel Du Cadran, a wonderful boutique hotel located right near the monument!

You will see the Eiffel Tower of Paris from the window of your room while resting in your comfy bed after a long day of exploring the city!

What a great way to end your day in one of the most romantic cities in the entire world!

Plan your trip to this beautiful place: Logistical tips and tricks

Book your accommodation
We always use Booking.com as they have the best price-quality ratio and they offer a wide range of hotels, guesthouses, apartments, and villas to choose from.

You will find here all types of accommodations, from the cheapest ones to the most luxurious.

Don't forget travel insurance
We never leave home without World Nomads Insurance or Safety Wings Insurance as they offer the best services and a good value for money.

Travel insurance will always protect you against unexpected events and cost like illness, injury, theft, or travel cancellation.

We never go on any trip without travel insurance and there were many cases when we had to use it.

Renting a car
We like to explore a country on our own and a car gives us the mobility and freedom to do that.

We always rent our car from Rentalcars. com as they have free cancellation 24 hours prior to starting date and a wide range of car rental companies and options to choose from all over the world.

Tours and attractions
When we are looking for some adventure or we simply want to break up the monotony and discover new places, we always use GetYourGuide.

We love it because we always find the most amazing experiences, with free cancellation and a large variety of activities and tours to choose from.

Airplane tickets and holiday packages
Expedia is our ally when searching for the best price for airplane tickets as it works as an aggregator for a huge number of airlines and we always find the best price for our flights.

Travel tip: use Expedia when you are searching for holiday packages as they have many last-minute offers and great discounts for hotels, flights, and even the whole holiday packages.
 

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