Visiting Paris is a whirlwind! There’s just so much to witness and a photo waiting to be taken at every turn. If you’re like me and want to plan your trip to make sure you aren’t wasting any time, you’ll want to know where to find the best spots to view the Eiffel Tower.
Now that we’ve visited Paris a few times, we’re starting to know our way around the city. And no trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower! If it will be your first time visiting you’ll want to know where to stay in the city. And if you’re wanting to know the best vantage point for photos, picnics or relaxing – read on.
Five Best Spots to View the Eiffel Tower, Paris
You may have seen photos from this spot on Instagram, as the wide staircase makes a great spot to pose or just take in the view. This location is quite a busy viewpoint but as it’s a large area, it’s easy enough to get a shot with the Eiffel Tower. Because the building and stairs are a few floors above ground level, it’s also a great way to take photos without a swarm of tourists in the background (even if it’s busy!)
Trocadero is across the Seine River from the Eiffel tower and is a great viewing point. It’s also easy to get to if you don’t want to walk too much, by getting off at Trocadero metro station. Taking this approach, you’ll come around the Trocadero building to see the Eiffel Tower right in front of you – it’s breathtaking!
Bridges across the Seine
Seeing the Eiffel Tower from the riverside or with a bridge in view is iconic. From Trocadero, the bridge called Pont D’lena runs straight to the tower (you can’t miss it)! Keep in mind you may have to visit early morning to get an empty photo as this is a very busy road and sidewalk.
There’s also some steps down to the riverside and a carousel nearby, which make other great photo opportunities.
If you have a little time to spare, consider walking further down to Pont de Bir-Hakeim, which is a gorgeous bridge that has another breathtaking view (but should have loads less people).
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe stands at the end of the Champs Elysees and if you are up for climbing it, you will get amazing views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. It is a striking spot to witness the streets below as they fan out around the roundabout that the Arc sits on.
The Arc de Triomphe is open from 10am to 11pm in Summertime and entry is 12 Euros. We happened to be there on the first Sunday of the month, when entry is free!
Rue de l’Université
This street may just be the most famous street in Paris for its breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower! Surrounded by traditional residential buildings, leafy trees and cobblestone streets, we weren’t the only ones who had hunted it down to take a pic when we visited.
The street is very small and lies between the tower itself and Ave de La Bourdonnais. It is directly adjacent to the tower and easy to find the exact location just by typing it into your Maps app.
Parc du Champ de Mars
This is the vast area of greenery that runs directly towards the Eiffel Tower. As it is such a large area, it is a great place to find a spot, settle in with a French picnic and take in your surroundings. It’s a prime spot to watch the Eiffel tower light up after sunset and you’ll find many others are doing the same!
Each time we’ve visited Paris, we’ve grabbed a baguette with some cheese, salami, fruit and wine to sit here and enjoy. If you want to be able to enjoy the sights of the Eiffel Tower without feeling hurried or like you could be in the way of someone’s photo, this is the spot! You can really take it all in at a relaxed pace.
If you’re visiting Paris, make sure you put these five best spots to view the Eiffel Tower on your list. Which location is your favourite? I can’t go past how stunning Rue de l’Université is and of course the park for extended hangs.
If you’re planning a trip to Europe, make sure you don’t leave without reading my tips to avoid jet lag. It’s the first time I’ve gotten off a plane feeling almost completely normal, and been able to enjoy our trip from the very first moments!
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