The Iron Lady is incredible in any time. But when the night comes it turns into a real magic spectacle...
Close your eyes and picture an extensive light show that takes your breath away. I'm sure you are thinking the same with me.
Well, the Eiffel Tower's Illuminations are definitely perfect. The Light show lasts from sunset to 1AM every night (during summer it turns of one hour later). These fabulous golden lights twinkle for 5 minutes every hour on the hour with the exception of the final, which goes on for 10 minutes. That's another reason it's worth it to stay up to the end and enjoy its changing display. We recommend to see the show from anywhere along the Seine River in central Paris. Or be a truly romantic and take a cruise on the Seine!
The contemporary Eiffel's luminous system was unveiled on 31 December 1985. Are you familiar with the name Pierre Bideau? He is a French electrician and lighting engineer, who created the golden lighting on the Eiffel Tower! It consists of 336 large projectors equipped with yellow-orange sodium lamps. Amazingly, but Eco-conscious travelers need not worry about the show's environmental negative impact because the "sparkler" bulbs consume very little energy.
The highly unfortunate fact for Paris photographers that taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night is illegal. Any photo or video that shows the monument during the lighting is a violation of copyright law. Such photos can be published only with permission by La Société d'exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE). Anyway, the Eiffel Tower is a beauty at all times, isn't it?