The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Even the cynic in me was impressed. Sure, we have taller buildings and structures in the U.S., but it is the tallest structure in Paris and the most visited paid monument in the world. Standing proud at 1,050 feet, the tower dominates the Paris skyline. It is all the more impressive when you consider that the Eiffel Tower was erected in 1889  as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair. In 1889, the tallest buildings in the U.S. were just over 300 feet.

  Eiffel Tower Chart

Neat chart that demonstrates just how awesome the Eiffel Tower was for its time.

We opted to walk up to the first and second level to skip the long lines for the elevator. This proved to be a smart move at the time, but less smart the next morning when I could barely move my legs. Sadly, by the time we got to the second floor the very top level was closed due to excessive winds.

I’ll spare you the 200-plus photos I took of the views since they are pretty similar to the pictures I took from the Montparnasse Tower. But here are some others.

Eiffel Tower

I love this shot of the Eiffel Tower casting its long shadow over the city.

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower in the distance as we walked toward it.

Eiffel Tower

We made it!

Eiffel Tower

A different perspective…

First Floor

The slow climb up… And here, I thought I was in shape.

Me at the Eiffel Tower

Me at the top! (Well, the second level, but close enough.)

The Eiffel Tower at night

The Eiffel Tower at night in the distance

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