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.
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.