At the top of the Eiffel Tower hides a small secret apartment that its builder Gustave Eiffel imagined for it.
The Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly one of the most representative monuments and the most visited of Paris.
Since opening to the public in 1889 for the Universal exhibition, the iron lady has received a lot of criticisms but also praise for its size, technological prowess, and its innovative side.
However, its designer, Gustave Eiffel, remained extremely proud and, as such, has built a cache just for himself and his close friends. Indeed, the engineer confessed a few years later that he had built a small apartment a few meters from the top of the prestigious tower, which had the immediate effect of arousing envy and covetousness among the Parisian elite at that time.
An apartment in the middle of the clouds
Located on the third floor, the private apartment of Gustave Eiffel is not very big but it had all the necessary comfort. Far from being steel beams that draw the skeleton of the Eiffel Tower, his apartment was rather cozy, warm with walls covered with wallpaper, wooden furniture including a grand piano to create a pleasant atmosphere. Beside the apartment were the compartments of his laboratory to work on his experiments.
When Tout-Paris got wind of this secret apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower, he sought at all costs to have access to it. He even offered exorbitant amounts of money to rent it, but the Eiffel genius rejected the offer.
At 285 meters above the ground, Gustave Eiffel’s apartment has long remained an inaccessible hiding place. Today, the apartment is known and we know where to find it. But the situation is always the same, you will not be able to penetrate into this cave: a small window with a view on the inside of the fabulous space of a dozen square meters gives you the opportunity to dream a few minutes.