Continuing my week of reflections on my recent Paris trip, I would just like to say that the Eiffel Tower has lots of stairs. Lots and lots of stairs. You can’t climb all the way to the top by the stairs, in fact you can only go to the second level of the tower by the stairs, but believe me…after you climb to the second level of the tower you wouldn’t want to climb any more stairs. You are satisfied with the view you have at that point.
Not everyone even knows that you can climb the stairs of the tower. It’s cheaper, but takes a while. You can wait to take the elevator from the bottom all the way up, climb some stairs and then wait to take an elevator the rest of the way, and so on.
When the wife and I went this time, we hadn’t bought elevator tickets in advance. To be honest, we weren’t sure we wanted to and even advance tickets involve a LOT of waiting. However, when we got there, only one elevator was in service. That meant even more waiting. The waiting only got worse if you didn’t have an advance ticket. Hell, we waited in line for an hour and that was just for the stairs.
Anyway, after buying our 5 Euro stair tickets, we started climbing. I have to say, it was kind of cool. You got to watch Paris on the walk up, something that goes by rather quick from the elevator I’m sure. But, still, there were a lot of stairs. There were a lot of stairs to the first level. Then we rested. Then there were even more stairs to the second level. Many, many more stairs.
In fact, there seems to be some confusion about the number of stairs. I visited a number of sites that each claimed to know the number of climbable stairs in the Eiffel Tower (as opposed to maintenance stairs that are not accessible to the public), and each listed a different number. One estimate was around 2500 round trip. My wife claims that the total is closer to 1400 round trip from the ground to the second floor and back. Either way, it was a lot of stairs.
That’s really all I want to say. It was fun, but it was a lot of stairs. Also, we didn’t get many pictures from the highest point we went to because we forgot to charge the camera battery before we left. At this point, I’m good with that. I felt no need to charge the camera battery and climb again.