Entrance conditions and fees for disabled persons
When the Eiffel Tower was built in 1889, accessibility to public places by handicapped persons was not an issue. Today, despite the monument’s structure, its elevators and security measures, the Eiffel Tower operating company has gone to great lengths to understand the problems encountered by disabled persons.
And that is why persons with mobility problems (in a wheel chair, relying on crutches.) are now able to visit the first and second floors of the monument via the elevators. However, due to security reasons (notably in case of emergency evacuation), the top of the Tower is not accessible.
Several improvements were necessary in order to provide disabled access :
- Direct access at each pillar, avoiding the steps and turnstiles
- Large capacity elevators accommodating wheel chairs
- Accessible entrances to the different services (snack bars, boutiques, post office)
- Handicapped toilet facilities on the ground floor (behind the East pillar) and on the 1st and 2nd floors
- · Windows added to railings so that disabled persons could look out at the panorama of the city
Special entrance fees :
Disabled visitors to the Tower can take advantage of a reduced rate as well as the person accompanying them (recommended for those with extreme mobility problems) upon presentation of their official handicapped papers.