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01/30/2014 12:23 pm ET Updated Jan 30, 2014

Ostankino Tower Is The Tallest Freestanding Structure In Europe, And It's In... Russia?

Nope, it's not the Eiffel Tower. No, not the London Eye. Not even Big Ben... well, you probably knew it wasn't Big Ben.

Europe's tallest freestanding structure is actually Ostankino Tower in Moscow, Russia. You've never heard of it, but tourists have been making the dizzying 1,772-foot ascent to the tower's observation deck for over 30 years.

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The tour of Ostankino costs about $25, takes one hour, and lets you linger atop the giant TV tower that broadcasts to dozens of TV and radio stations in Russia.

In summer, an open observation deck lets you breathe the sweet Moscow air as you teeter higher above the city than you will above any other city in Europe. Oof!

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