Video: The Eiffel Tower — How High Do You Want to Go?

The big Eiffel Tower question: How high is high enough? Going up the Eiffel Tower is one of the great travel thrills in Europe. Given the cost, the long lines, and the time involved, a big question for many is: How high to go up? For €11 you can ride to the first level (200 feet up) and the second level (400 feet up). And for €17 you can ride all the way to the top (900 feet up). For me, the best view is from the second level (the top is actually higher than it needs to be to see Paris). But it is a thrill to be at the top of the tower. With this clip, you can actually see the same view from each level and decide what’s best for your visit.

(This is Day 53 of my “100 Days in Europe” series. As I travel with Rick Steves’ Europe Tours, research my guidebooks, and make new TV shows, I’m reporting on my experiences across Europe. Still to come: Ireland, England, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, and more. Follow along at