The Paris Guide: My Favorite Eiffel Tower Views

May 7, 2019

Filed in: Field Guide

There are many lovely places to see the Eiffel Tower throughout the city, but when I visited for the first time, my family went to the same spot (Champs de Mars) at least five times because of miscommunication. It’s safe to say that this is my most-visited Parisian landmark…but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing it from all around Paris. And, in my opinion, it’s more romantic when you spot her from far away.

  • Champs de Mars

A very popular and classic spot, this is the greenway running up to the tower from the École Militaire. Perfect for picnics and an up-close-and-personal view.

  • Trocadéro

For a more zoomed out (but still incredible view), the Trocadéro platform and gardens are another heavily-visited spot, located just across the bridge from the Champs de Mars. It’s a particularly lovely locale at sunrise, when there are notably less people (although you’ll still find the dedicated tourists and photographers) and the tower receives a warm glow from the sun. Descend the steps towards the fountain, and you’ll find yourself standing where Audrey Hepburn stood in “Paris When It Sizzles”!

  • Pont d’Alma

Go to the spot where the Quai Branly and Quai d’Orsay meet, and you can cross the Pont d’Alma. It leads you to the 16ème, where you can climb an incredibly steep set of stairs (though nothing will beat the ones I climbed in Montmartre) for a view of the Seine and the tower. Stop on the bridge, too. This is not as notable a spot, but still worth it! There are also less people — bonus!

  • Rue Saint-Dominique

This street has lots of shops and restaurants, and as you stroll on down, you’ll see the tower rising above the rooftops. You know. Just a casual Sunday stroll.

  • Pont Alexandre III

Ornate gold statues? Check. Vintage lamps? Check. It goes without saying (though I will say it) that la Tour Eiffel is given an extra-romantic twist here. And I recommend you stroll on the Seine while you’re at it.

  • Pont Bir-Hakeim

To arrive here, you can either take Metro line 6 or walk down Quai Branly — either way you can’t go wrong. I particularly like taking the Metro because several stops are above ground, like the one for the crossing this bridge. Seeing the Eiffel Tower from the Metro is a completely different and charming experience that I do recommend.

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