Where To Get The Best View of The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is easily one of the most recognizable structures in the world. At 984 feet tall, it is no wonder why there are countless photos and artistic renditions of the Eiffel Tower itself.
For those who are visiting Paris, there is no better souvenir than a picture of yourself with the Eiffel Tower.
During our visit to Paris, we made a point to visit the Eiffel tower and to photograph it from as many angles as we could. No matter which angle you are looking from, the Eiffel Tower is a sight to behold.
Although the tower can be seen from many angles throughout the city, you definitely want to see it from certain prime locations to get the best view.
You might be wondering where exactly to go to get the best views of the Eiffel Tower. Go too close and you end up with pictures that are too up close. You know those pictures where you’re struggling to get the whole tower in your frame.
If you go too far, you may not be able to capture the magnificence of the Eiffel tower.
Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite best photo ops around the city that will surely delight your friends and social media followers back home!
You can replicate some of these pictures during your next visit to Paris.
For each of these locations, I’ve also included a Google maps link. You can simply click on the link and follow the directions to get there.
Here’s where you can get the best views of the Eiffel tower:
1. Place du Trocadero
The iconic view of the Eiffel Tower from the steps of Trocadero station is one of my favorite views of the tower.
Trocadero station is a station on Line 6 and Line 9 of the Paris Métro. Place du Trocadero is just steps away from the train station itself.
To get the best picture, I recommend getting there as early as possible to get the breathtaking view at sunrise.
We were fortunate to be able to start our Paris adventure by spending the morning at Place du Trocadero.
If you go there early, you’ll also be able to avoid the large crowds that gather during the middle of the day.
You’ll likely see other people with the same idea taking engagement shots and doing other photo ops.
From this vantage point, you can get many different types of shots of The Eiffel Tower.
My favourites are these staircase shots where you can almost create the illusion that you are alone with The Eiffel Tower.
There are also a number of restaurants in the Trocadero area with magnificent views of the tower. I would recommend making a reservation for dinner at one of these restaurants for an opportunity to also see the tower light up at night.
Location on Google Maps: Place. du Trocadéro
2. Champ de Mars
This area is usually crowded with tourists visiting the Eiffel Tower but you can often find a nice spot to admit the crowds to get another iconic shot of the Eiffel Tower.
This park has a large grassy area lined with trees so you can take pictures in front of this beautiful background while enjoying nature!
From this location, you can shoot super close-up photos of the tower. Or you can walk towards the end of the park if you want to be able to get the whole tower in your shot.
Location on Google Maps: Champ de Mars
3. Rue De L’Université
Rue De L’Universite is a few minutes away from the Eiffel tower itself.
It’s a super popular spot, especially for bloggers to get photos with the Eiffel Tower. You’ll know you are in the right spot if you start to see crowds gathering.
We weren’t able to get the pictures we wanted at this location, but you can enjoy the splendor of this view in the images of other bloggers (below).
I love the juxtaposition of the tower with the leaves from the tree and the old-style buildings and cobbled streets.
Stepping on to the street almost feels like you are being transported into a different world.
Location on Google Maps: Rue de l’Université
4. PontAlexandre III
One of the things that I love most about the Parisian landscape is the fact that the river Seine runs through the city.
The Pont Alexandre is a deck arch bridge that spans the Seine.
You’ll recognize the structure because it features on postcards, as well as in many movies and music videos.
In the movie Midnight in Paris, the bridge is featured in multiple scenes, including the final one.
If like me, you’re a fan of the Netflix original show Emily in Paris, you may recognize the bridge because it was where Savoir (the French marketing firm where Emily works) filmed a perfume commercial with one of their clients, Maison Lavaux.
I don’t know about you, but I geek out when I spot a location from one of my favorite movies or shows.
From point Alexandre III, you can get some really magical views of The Eiffel Tower.
Its ornate and elaborate design is simply amazing. This bridge with the Eiffel Tower in the background is stunning, especially at sunset. We were not able to capture any pictures on our iPhone that do justice to just how magnificent the view is at sunset.
Location Google Maps: Pont Alexandre III
5. Pont d’Léna
Another famous view of the Eiffel Tower that you won’t want to miss is from the Pont d’léna bridge. This bridge is just a short walk from the tower itself.
This is one of the best spots to get pictures of both nighttime and daytime views of the Eiffel Tower because it sits right next to it! The best view here is at nighttime when all four sides are lit up so beautifully.
Pause here for a quick photoshoot of the tower before heading to your next destination.
Location on Google Maps: Pont d’léna
6. Montparnasse Tower
If you are going to capture one of the tallest structures in all of Paris, you’ll definitely want to try to capture it from another tall structure.
From the top of the Montparnasse Tower, you can get a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower. The view you will get is literally what postcards are made of. You will have to pay a fee to get to the top.
If getting this iconic view of the Eiffel Tower is important to you, then it’s well worth the price.
Location on Google Maps: Montparnasse Tower
7. Pont De Bir Hakeim
This location provides the opportunity for yet another stunning view of the Eiffel tower.
Pont de Bir Hakeim is a two level bridge located along Metro line 6.
This bridge, like all the other bridges in the city, goes of the river Seine.
What makes this location such a great photo shoot spot is not only the view of the Eiffel tower but also the bridge itself is quite beautiful.
Location on Google Maps: Pont de Bir-Hakeim
8. Le Sacre Coeur
Le Sacre Coeur (The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris) is a Roman Catholic church and basilica.
Next to The Eiffel Tower, it is actually the second most visited spot in Paris. It also provides a great vantage point to be able to get breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower with the Paris skyline.
Location on Google Maps: Sacré-Coeur Basilica
9. Arc De Triomphe
The Arc De Triomphe is another popular tourist destination in Paris.
To get the best view of The Eiffel Tower from this location, you’ll need to climb the 284 steps to reach the top of the historic monument.
From this vantage point, you’ll also be able to see down the Champ Élysées and all the way to La Défense, a major business district in Paris.
I would recommend going up the Arc de Triomphe in the evening to get some of the most spectacular views of the sun setting over the entire city.
Location on Google Maps: Arc De Triomphe
10. The Carousel Of Trocadéro
This location offers a fun, and quite honestly one of the most unique views of The Eiffel Tower that I have ever seen.
Head over there and hop on the carousel. Enjoy with a view of the Eiffel Tower in the background.
Location on Google Maps: TheCarousel Of Trocadéro
11. From Your Hotel Room or Balcony
Paris is known to be the city of love, and if you’re going to enjoy the luxuries of all that Paris has to offer, it makes sense that you would want to stay in one of the hotel’s heart the heart of the city.
Many of these hotels also offer spectacular views of The Eiffel Tower.
One such hotel isHôtel Raphael which offers many different views of the iron lady from its premises.
I absolutely love this view from one of their outdoor patio restaurants.
You can clearly see The Eiffel tower amongst the beautiful greenery.
While the price tag for many of the hotels in this area is steep, if waking up to views of the tower is on your bucket list, then the experience is worth the price!
Location on Google Maps:Hôtel Raphael
12. Eiffel Tower From Eiffel Tower
An up close and personal view of the Eiffel tower.
No matter what vantage point that you are looking at the Eiffel Tower from, I think you’ll agree that it is absolutely stunning. I fell in love with the Eiffel Tower the first time I saw it and I am glad that I was able to view The Eiffel Tower from multiple vantage points during our trip to Paris.
I hope this article provides you with some insight on some of the best spots to photograph The Eiffel Tower. And I hope that you would be inspired to visit some of these locations (if not all) during your next Paris adventure.
If you do, make sure to leave a comment and let us know!
Also, let us know in the comments which of these views mentioned here is your favorite view of The Eiffel Tower. Each view is special in its own way, and I would love to know which one you prefer!
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