Eiffel Tower Lifts

While on the way up to the top in one of the Eiffel Tower lifts, one can enjoy spectacular views of Paris. I love to climb the tower using the stairs, but if you don’t like walking up the stairs, there’s nothing like going up on an elevator.

From the very beginning of its existence, the Eiffel Tower was equipped with passenger lifts, a true technological achievement of the time.

Eiffel Tower lifts - the Fives-Lille hydraulic lift

Eiffel Tower lifts – the Fives-Lille hydraulic lift

 

In June 1889, shortly after the Eiffel Tower opened for the public, five hydraulic lifts were in operation transporting visitors from the ground to the second floor and to the top.

There were two Roux-Combaluzier elevators installed in the East and West pillars which were in service until 1897. There were also two Otis elevators installed in the North and South pillars which were operated until 1910. While an Edoux elevator carried visitors up and down between the second floor and the Eiffel Tower top.

Eiffel Tower Lifts Operator- no, he's not real  :)

Eiffel Tower Lifts Operator- no, he’s not real :)

 

Today, there are two Fives-Lille hydraulic lifts functioning in the East and West pillars, and one Schneider elevator servicing the North pillar. In the South pillar, there is an Otis elevator used exclusively by the customers of the Jules Verne restaurant.

In 1983, the Edoux elevator was replaced by two Otis Duo-lifts which serve visitors between the second floor and the Eiffel Tower top.

One of the most interesting Eiffel Tower facts is that the lifts travel the astonishing 103,000 km per year. Can you imagine this?

So Eiffel Tower steps, or Eiffel Tower lifts? Choice is yours….