1. It’s size changes daily.
The Eiffel gains 7 inches under the sun but shrinks back in the cold.
2. It’s the most-visited paid tourist attraction in the world.
The Eiffel Tower hosts more than 6 million (approx.) visitors each year, making it the most-visited paid monument!
3. It was meant to be temporary.
The Eiffel Tower was going to be demolished in 1909 but was saved because it was repurposed as a giant radio antenna.
4. There’s a private apartment at the top.
When Gustave Eiffel designed his namesake tower, he cleverly included a private apartment where he hosted famous guests, like Thomas Edison. Now it is open for everyone.
5. There are over 30 replicas of the Eiffel Tower around the world.
The Tokyo Tower is actually taller than the Eiffel Tower, while the one in Las Vegas is about half its size.
6. There’s a military bunker underneath the Eiffel Tower.
The bunker has now been turned into a small museum, and tour groups can explore the small space.
7. It’s technically illegal to photograph the Eiffel Tower at night.
European Union copyright law states that an artistic work (e.g., a photo, video, song, or building) is protected during its creator’s lifetime, plus another 70 years. Since lights were only installed in 1985 and are considered artistic work, they are well within their copyright protection period. It takes 20,000 light bulbs to make Paris’ landmark sparkle.
8. There is an ice rink inside the Eiffel Tower.
This winter ice rink is functional during the peak winter, from December to February, and is built 200 feet off the ground, offering Paris’s stunning views.
9. Inventor Franz Reichelt died by jumping from the Eiffel Tower.
He was testing a parachute of his own design. He got permission after all the experiments with the dummies worked and, at the last minute, decided that he himself was going to jump.
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