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Tour code: 5717EIFFELTOWER
Go behind the scenes at the Eiffel Tower and discover the places that few visitors get to see! On this intriguing 1.5-hour Eiffel Tower tour, explore the Champ de Mars’ underground bunker, and visit the engine room that controls the tower’s important hydraulic lifts. Head up to the 2nd level and enjoy privileged views from the rooftop terrace at the esteemed Alain Ducasse restaurant, Le Jules Verne.


  • Go behind the scenes at the Eiffel Tower on a 1.5-hour tour
  • See little-known sites that most Eiffel Tower visitors don’t get to see!
  • Visit the WWI underground military bunker located beneath the Champ de Mars
  • Walk around the Eiffel Tower’s engine room and see machinery that powers the hydraulic lifts
  • Enjoy views from the rooftop terrace of Alain Ducasse’s restaurant – Le Jules Verne – on the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower
  • Spend time at leisure on the 2nd level after your tour ends

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Lots of people visit the Eiffel Tower, but most don't even know about the cool things you see on this tour. Head down to the wartime bunker with its secret tunnels and back up to the second floor to take in the sweeping views from a restaurant's private rooftop terrace. A fun and educational tour!

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What You Can Expect

Behind-the-Scenes Eiffel Tower Tour Including Champ de Mars’ Underground Bunker

Behind the Scenes Eiffel Tower Tour Including Champ de Mars' Underground Bunker

Meet your expert guide in front of the world-famous Eiffel Tower, located on the bustling Champ de Mars in Paris. As you gaze up at this incredible monument, your guide will get you up to speed about its history: hear how it was built for a world fair (the International Exposition of 1889), and learn how the locals’ opinions of it changed from ‘eyesore’ to ‘much-loved architectural icon.’

After your introduction, leave the tourist crowds behind and head underground to a little-known bunker, directly beneath the Champ de Mars. Explore the bunker with your guide, hearing wartime tales of this secret place that so few have seen. In its early days, the Eiffel Tower was used to house army communications equipment, and at the onset of World War I, the need for an easy evacuation route became apparent. The answer was the creation of the bunker, complete with secret tunnels, in a complex underground network beneath the tower.

Head back into the daylight and on to your next behind-the-scenes site – the Eiffel Tower engine room. Housing the machinery that powers the monument’s hugely important hydraulic elevators, the engine room represents the functional part of the tower’s day-to-day operations, as well as containing some beautiful infrastructure.

Take a ride in the hydraulic elevators to the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower, home to Alain Ducasse’s prestigious Le Jules Verne restaurant. Michelin-starred, the restaurant is one of the few places in the world where top views and top food go hand in hand. Normally reserved for Eiffel Tower employees only, the restaurant’s private rooftop terrace boasts incredible panoramic views over Paris – and you’ll be one of the privileged few to see them!

Your tour finishes back on the 2nd-level balcony, where you can spend as much time as you want walking around independently, taking in breathtaking views of the city. Before leaving, your expert guide will point out where you can purchase tickets for the 3rd level, should you wish to experience the Eiffel Tower from the very top!

Please Note: Due to maintenance work scheduled to take place on the East Pillar of the Eiffel Tower, the engine room will be closed to visitors from 2 to 13 September inclusive and from 30 September to 4 October inclusive, 2013. The rest of the tour will continue as normal.

Customer Reviews

Reid B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a very interesting tour with a great guide. It was cool to learn the history and see the inner workings as well as the bunker etc.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A great tour that showed you areas that you would not get to see otherwise.

Sarah A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour delivered exactly what they said it would. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.

Elaine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide was Louisa and she was informative and delightful. We loved the small group approach and found the information about the bunkers and the workings of the Eiffel Tower very interesting. The price was very fair and it made out trip to the Tower very special.

Julian D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I am ashamed to have forgotten the wonderful lady's name who gave our tour on March 18th but she had such wonderful insights into the masterminds behind the Eiffel Tower! It was so great to see if from a different view than the millions of other tourists do. From the underground tunnels to the top of the Jules Verne! It was a great tour that I highly recommend. Great for the history and skips all the long-lines!

Nana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

As a longtime fan of the Tour Eiffel I learned much about the history, architecture and current workings of the Tour and #39;s mechanics. We enjoyed meeting Isabel, our French tour guide, who was friendly and engaging and spoke English well. Join this guided tour on your next visit to Paris!

Caroline W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was excellent...what a fascinating viewpoint and history of the Eiffel Tower

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very interesting tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Really enjoyed this tour. Very informative with great insight into the operations many would not think about. Be prepared to join in with the masses of tourists all around the site.

Judith S P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Skipping the line was well worth the extra cost. Tour of the bunker and below the tower to see the workings at the tower was very good. Made this an experience other than simply going up in the tower. Always like a little history and information for what I am seeing. People watching at this site is good. Lots of security at this site

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