Thank you for watching the Eiffel Tower Paris, Elevator Ride Top Floor – 🇫🇷 France – 4K Virtual Tour The information given via captions is derived from my personal experience and Wikipedia This 4K Virtual Tour features the entire Eiffel Tower Walking from the base towards the main tourist elevator to the second- and top floor up to 300m The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower Constructed from 1887 to 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, it was initially criticised by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design but it has become a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world As of today, The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world More than 250 million people have visited the tower since it was completed in 1889 The tower is 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building, and the tallest structure in Paris The design of the Eiffel Tower is attributed to Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier two senior engineers working for the Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel. In May 1884, working at home, Koechlin made a sketch of their idea, described by him as “a great pylon consisting of four lattice girders standing apart at the base and coming together at the top, joined together by metal trusses at regular intervals” Eiffel initially showed little enthusiasm, but he did approve further study, and the two engineers then asked Stephen Sauvestre, the head of company’s architectural department, to contribute to the design Sauvestre added decorative arches to the base of the tower, a glass pavilion to the first level, and other embellishments After some debate about the exact design and location of the tower, a contract was signed on 8 January 1887 The main structural work was completed at the end of March 1889 Currently, the base of the Eiffel Tower is only accessible via security checkpoints It is free of charge to enter The four pillars include passenger lifts and staircases to the first and second floor Another passenger lift takes you from the second to the top floor of the Eiffel Tower The climb from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps by stairs, as is the climb from the first level to the second Tickets can be purchased to ascend by stairs or lift to the first and second levels, preferably online before hand The best way to avoid standing hours in a queue is to purchase tickets beforehand online Be aware of scam websites, always purchase the tickets on the official Eiffel Tower website Ticket cost (for adults) is €25,50 to the top floor by elevator, €16,30 to the second floor by elevator and €10,20 to the second floor by stairs (prices 2020) As seen here there are two entrances for anyone who has purchased tickets The left entrance is only for “skip the line” tickets The pillar includes the main elevator we will take in a bit, but first we will take a look at the newly renovated park surrounding the Eiffel Tower Around the Eiffel Tower you will find lots of parks or green spaces such as this On the south east side you have the Champs de Mars Park (featured in my other 4K Virtual Tour video) In recent years large renovations redesigned and improved the green spaces surrounding the Eiffel Tower This is the entrance of the passenger lift system Equipping the tower with adequate and safe passenger lifts was a major concern Although some visitors could be expected to climb to the first level, or even the second, lifts clearly had to be the main means of ascent. Installing lifts to the first and second level was more of a challenge because a straight track is impossible The Eiffel Tower is the sloping rail that is not constant The inclination varies from 54 ° at the base to 80 ° at the 2nd floor It was necessary to make systems tilting the cabin during the ascent / descent Here we wait for the cabin, on the ground floor. Notice the huge yellow tanks that go up and down depending on the position of the cabin These serve as a counterweight for the cabins They are the water reserves that were originally used for hydraulic pumps to power the machines Now retired, they only serve as counterweight, and one of them is also completely retired, unused Elevator stations are different from one floor to another. At the moment, the stations of the ground floor are in the pillars, as it was at the time of the construction of the tower They have been modernized with the installation of glazed doors, but have remained overall as before. On the other hand the stations of the 1st floor underwent various modifications At the moment they are very modern, all in glass, with very little metal, they are of rounded form The passenger lift (cabin) we are stepping in now require very regular maintenance They are put in regular maintenance, and are regularly changed A single passenger lift doing over 100 round trips a day The ascent these lifts make from here to the 2nd floor is 128m This is the first floor, but we won’t stop here. We go straight to the second floor The first floor is the most modern of the 3. Rebuilt in 2011, it benefits from new facilities and a staging of the tower monument to conform to what is done today Since 2011 the guardrail is made of glass plates inclined to the outside, an approximate size of 2m50 As the central plates are at the forefront of the glass floors, it is interesting, to lean against the glass. It gives an impression of flying We arrive here at the second floor The second floor consist of an upper and lower level The lower level is a little more interesting than the other, but it’s still not the best thing to see on the Eiffel Tower From these galleries visitors can enter under the platform The upper level, as seen here, is more of a large platform On this platform you can take some breathtaking views You have to walk carefully not to get yourself hurt by hitting the massive metal beams The old structure of the tower physically connecting this platform gives a really authentic feel of the place The big yellow rotating of the lift mechanism as seen here are still operational today. The north-west side offers great view of the Palais de Chaillot and the financial district (in the distance) The second level was completed on 21 August 1888 When completed the French newspaper Le Figaro had an office and a printing press located here The second level also hosts the Le Jules Verne, a gourmet restaurant with its own lift This restaurant has one star in the Michelin Red Guide It was run by the multi-Michelin star chef Alain Ducasse from 2007 to 2017 Starting May 2019, it will be managed by three star chef Frédéric Anton The south-west view offers a great view of the Champs de Mars (also seen in my other 4K Virtual Tour) From the second floor there were numerous infamous stunts On 27 October 1991, Thierry Devaux, along with mountain guide Hervé Calvayrac performed a series of acrobatic figures while bungee jumping from the second floor of the tower Facing the Champ de Mars, Devaux used an electric winch between figures to go back up to the second floor When firemen arrived, he stopped after the sixth jump This floor can get crowded at particular areas Make sure to visit the Eiffel Tower off-peak season Expect wait times greater than two hours from mid-July through late August, and less than 30 minutes during weekdays in January, February the early part of March, and again November through mid-December. Or if you visit the Eiffel Tower during peak-season then we recommend to buy skip-the-line tickets Unfortunately, the time-saving skip-the-line access doesn’t apply to either the second-floor elevators leading up to the summit or those used to descend the Tower The second level houses two floors We are now heading to the other floor which is larger compared to this floor The floors are interconnected by these authentic stairs Lets do a walk around The higher you climb the tower, the more wind you will experience When it was built, many were shocked by the tower’s daring form Eiffel was accused of trying to create something artistic with no regard to the principles of engineering However, Eiffel and his team – experienced bridge builders – understood the importance of wind forces, and knew that if they were going to build the tallest structure in the world, they had to be sure it could withstand them Eiffel used graphical methods to determine the strength of the tower and empirical evidence to account for the effects of wind, rather than a mathematical formula Close examination of the tower reveals a basically exponential shape All parts of the tower were over-designed to ensure maximum resistance to wind forces The Eiffel Tower sways by up to 9 centimetres (3.5 in) in the wind However, wind could be a major issue if it wasn’t for the extensive maintenance works Maintenance of the tower includes applying fresh paint every seven years to prevent it from rusting The tower has been completely repainted at least 19 times since it was built Around 25 crew members fearlessly scale the tower using some 35 miles of climbing rope for 18 months during the last painting, which began in 2009 Some 66 tons of lead-free paint proves necessary to cover each crevice, beam, nut, and bolt At this point in time (2019) until 2025, the Eiffel Tower in undergoing the largest renovation in history to improve the experience The Eiffel Tower will have a complete makeover from head to toe to be all set for major events as the World Expo (2025) and the Olympic Games During this time the entire Eiffel Tower remains accessible The expansive restoration of the second level, completed at the beginning of April 2019 The ascent from the second to the top floor is around 150m (492ft) We will now walk towards the passenger lift that will take us to the top floor The entrance for the correct queue lines for the top floor are a bit difficult to find You just have to follow these signs ‘sommet’ Queue time for the passenger lift on the second floor is usually between 5 and 20 minutes There are four lifts (two on each side) with double entrances Enjoy the 150m passenger lift ride The top floor is situated at the height of 276 m (906 ft), and is highest floor accessible to the public From high up, there is little more than the technical installations dedicated to the radio and tele-diffusion The top floor is a floor on 2 levels, there is a closed room and above, a gallery around the monument and some curiosities. The walls on this floor are equipped with large windows that offer a panoramic view of Paris and its region Above the windows there is an interesting 360 ° path leading to the main cities of the world, as well as the most emblematic monuments: The Taj Mahal, the Statue of Liberty, the Corcovado At two places in this room there is a staircase to the upper level The upper level is the highest public open area of the Eiffel Tower There are four galleries that run around They are protected by a normal railing, but surmounted by a thick mesh with wide mesh that passes over You’ll get an amazing view by peaking through the mesh As seen here, the gallery is not very wide, about a meter and a half The air is cool and the wind can be very strong, pay attention for your equipment! The north-west view is probably the most amazing view from the top floor Seeing the shadow of the tower itself blurring away in the Seine River From the top floor the view on a clear day is up to about 85Kms, but in theory, we should be able to see points at 126.5 Kms On a clear day as this one you can see the entire Paris region The top floor houses two interesting things, the champagne bar and the office of Gustave Eiffel The champagne bar is quite unique but very expensive The office of Eiffel is a room he had reserved at the top of the tower, to welcome visitors for example Thank you for watching!