Amazing Places

The Eiffel Tower Has A Secret Apartment

The biggest Disney World fans are aware of the luxurious suite inside Cinderella's castle, but did you know that there's also a secret apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower? Unlike the castle, however, entrepreneur Gustave Eiffel had this epic hideaway built just for himself — no guests allowed.

The Best View In Town

If we were to say where the best view in Europe is, the top of the Eiffel Tower would be a likely contender. Imagine waking up in a cozy apartment with colorful wallpaper, wooden cabinets, and a grand piano. Then, see yourself sipping espresso and eating a croissant while gazing over Paris's cityscape from nearly 1,000 feet (305 meters) in the air — on top of the Eiffel Tower. We'd like to think that's exactly what Gustave Eiffel had in mind when he instructed his team to build the tower (and apartment) in 1889.

Writer Henri Girard declared that Eiffel's apartment was "furnished in the simple style dear to scientists," in contrast to the "wrought iron modernity and technological prowess" of the tower. As one might imagine, his enclave was the talk of the Parisian elite, and many requested to rent his space. Eiffel's apartment remained private, however, and he only entertained guests, such as Thomas Edison, on occasion. But what about we have a chance?

Mannequins of Gustave Eiffel and Thomas Edison on display in the apartment.

Here's A Consolation Prize

In summer 2016, vacation rental company HomeAway converted a conference space inside the tower into an apartment. No, it's not the same, but it's still 188 feet (57 meters) above ground with two bedrooms, an urban greenhouse, and panoramic views of the Arc de Triomphe, the Sacre Coeur, and the Seine river from its floor to ceiling windows. Pretty sweet. Four contest winners already stayed in the space in July 2016, so we're keeping our ears open for more opportunities.

What about the apartment itself? While you still can't stay there, you can tour it. You'll even catch a peek of Eiffel and Edison mannequins having a chat. And maybe, just maybe, you can still sip an espresso, nibble on a croissant, and pretend you're one of Eiffel's bourgeois guests.

Watch And Learn: Our Favorite Videos About The Eiffel Tower

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The Eiffel Tower is 324 meters tall, when you include the antenna spire. 00:05

  2. An 1889 competition for the World's Fair challenged people to design the tallest structure in the world, stretching 1,000ft into the sky. 00:18

  3. The parts of the Eiffel Tower were all constructed on-site, using 2.5 million rivets. 01:24

Written by Curiosity Staff January 13, 2017

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