Explore the Eiffel Tower with this virtual tour
Discover the history and secrets of the famous tower, first opened in 1889, with an interactive virtual tour available for your computer, smartphone or tablet. An unprecedented partnership between the Eiffel Tower and Google.
France’s own ‘Iron Lady’ attracts nearly 7 million visitors per year. And for those who have not yet had the chance to get to the Champs-de-Mars in the 7th arrondissement, the Société d'exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE) has an innovative solution: a dedicated site created by the Google Cultural Institute to show off Paris’ iconic monument…from a computer, tablet or a smartphone!
A 360° panorama of the Tower
The site is first and foremost a virtual visit of the monument: every inch photographed 360° by the Google teams with the help of their custom-built camera trolley, a technology already used in streets all over the world with Google street view.
Over the course of two days, the 2nd and 3rd floors, as well as the summit, were pored over by the Google technicians. This was also the perfect opportunity to take some spectacular shots of Paris.
A video of the shots taken from the Tower
Visite virtuelle de la Tour Eiffel avec Google par mairiedeparis
Another innovation is the online access to the monument’s visual archives, with images dating back to the inauguration on May 15th 1889 and beyond.
“The Tower has supplied over 50 archival documents, and Google provided the technology,” adds Nicolas Lefebvre, Director General of the SETE. The creation of this website by Google, available in four languages (French, English, Spanish and Portuguese), didn’t cost the SETE a penny.
The voice of Gustave Eiffel
The story of the construction, the first visitors…the quality of these images puts you right back in the late 19th century. You can share the looks of astonishment on the faces of the Tower’s first visitors, and check out the souvenir shops and restaurants of years gone by.
The Tower also reveals its secrets in a series of incredible archive documents: the voice of Gustave Eiffel was recorded by Thomas Edison, inventor of cinema and sound recording. “I have before me an intimidating receiver which is going to record my words,” the architect begins.
Listen to the recording here
Virtual tour of the Eiffel Tower
History and birth of the Tower, archive documents
The first floor’s new makeover
This first virtual visit comes at a perfect time for the Tower, which is currently being renovated. The redesign of the first level should be complete by the end of 2014, with the reconstruction of two pavilions, the installation of a glass floor to give visitors the chance to walk ‘on thin air’, and a new, informative exhibition.
The official web site of the Eiffel Tower