La Tour Eiffel – 5 things you didn’t know about the Eiffel Tower

In 2015 I spent five months living in Paris doing an internship.

This was a really dark time for me personally but I find it helpful to look back and pick out the happy memories. 

For a long time I associated Paris directly with the pain and trauma I experienced while I was there – but it wasn’t Paris’ fault.

If you’re planning a trip to the French capital I hope this post will inspire you…

me at the top of the eiffel tower

At 324 metres tall the Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic and defining aspects of Paris and attracts around 7 million visitors every year.

Since it’s so famous and ubiquitous in tourism literature I thought I’d give you some fun facts which perhaps you didn’t know about the jewel in Paris’ crown…

tour eiffel

1. The Eiffel Tower, named after its engineer Gustave Eiffel was originally intended to stand for 20 years and was first deployed as a meteorological observation post and a radio mast.

2. In December 1969 a skating rink opened on the first level of the tower and the first to try it out was a Moscow circus bear.

paris by night

3. In 1987 the daredevil New Zealander, AJ Hackett performed an unauthorised bungee jump from the second level.

4. In 1993 the 150 millionth visitor; a 33 year old policewoman Jacqueline Martinez was greeted by an orchestra playing Charles Trent’s “La Tour Eiffel” and was presented with a brand new car.

5. In 1997 a rose was officially named “Tour Eiffel 2000” before an assembly of professional and amateur rose growers.

view from the top of the eiffel tower

I thouroughly recommend a visit to the Eiffel Tower if you’re ever in Paris.

Whether you climb the stairs or take the lift the views are breathtaking!

Published by Kathy Giddins

A Spiritualist and cat lover who's wild with wanderlust.

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