Eiffel Tower ices over for skaters

30th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 29 (AFP) - Work began Monday to install an ice-skating rink in the Eiffel Tower as Paris plans to offer six weeks of free skating with a bird's-eye view of the city over the winter period.

PARIS, Nov 29 (AFP) - Work began Monday to install an ice-skating rink in the Eiffel Tower as Paris plans to offer six weeks of free skating with a bird's-eye view of the city over the winter period.

A gigantic crane was put in place to lift some ten tonnes of equipment to the tower's first level, where the rink is set to open on December 10 in time for the Christmas rush.

Visitors to the Eiffel Tower will be able to use the 200 square metre (2,150 square foot) rink for free, including skates, at a height of 57 metres (188 feet) above the Seine river.

The skating rink will be open every day from 9:30 am to 11:00 pm from December 10 until January 23, with a capacity of 80 skaters at a time.

The Eiffel Tower, which welcomes some six million visitors a year, is 324 metres high.

 

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