Discover the base level of the Eiffel tower, The Esplanade, and get ready to get a headstart on your trip.
Witness and fall in love with the beautiful view of this magnificent tower from below, soaring 334 meters high up in the Parisian skies.
Gustave Eiffel with other engineers and architects worked and researched several mathematical principles to ensure the tower’s stability.
The brilliant curved design of the pillars distributes the 10,100 tons weight of the tower so evenly that it exerts a weight of only 4 kilograms per square meter on ground level.
At Esplanade, you can also stroll around the beautiful Gardens while enjoying the unobstructed view of the Eiffel tower.
The best part about visiting the Esplanade is that it’s absolutely free.
All you have to do is pass through the security checks at entrances 1 or 2.
The entrance to the Eiffel tower is also found here.
Visitors can climb the tower using stairs and lifts inside the pillar.
The Esplanade of the Eiffel tower is surrounded by some other assets that embrace the tower’s beauty and hold a significant value of their own.
Gustave Eiffel’s Sculpture by Bourdelle
A bust of Gustave Eiffel is mounted on the north pillar of the tower.
On 2nd May 1929, at the suggestion of Général Ferrié, the bust was inaugurated in the presence of the Eiffel family and several other personalities from the field of science.
Antoine Bourdelle sculpted this bust of Gustave Eiffel.
1899 Lift Machinery
Another feature that makes a visit to the Esplanade more exciting is the Hydraulic lifts that are over a century old but still fast enough to take you to the top of the tower in just 5 minutes.
These hydraulic machines designed by Gustave Eiffel himself are still working today.
There have been many restorations, including computerization and other maintenance as well in all these years.
If you have any questions concerning your visit to the Eiffel tower, just head towards the information desk located at the West pillar of the tower.
You can find any information and leaflets, including visitor’s map, rules of visit and ticket rates, at this information desk.
Even the “Tour Eiffel Kids” game booklet is available for families.
Restaurants and stores
The Esplanade also offers restaurants and stores where you can buy souvenirs from a wide range of options available.
You can also Grab-a-bite here, on your way, before getting into the Eiffel tower.
The Buffets here are your best bet if you want to have a quick bite or want something to munch on during your trip.
You can also find shops like Rendezvous Boutique and The Kiosk to get a hold of some classic souvenirs for your trip.
Note: You can also find free public restrooms at the Esplanade.
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