Best Places to See the Eiffel Tower
Paris’ skyline is dominated by the Eiffel Tower, one of the most famous landmarks in Paris and France. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is a feat of 19th-century engineering: huge, spectacular, unique, and (for some) incredibly romantic.
The Eiffel Tower is located in the 7th District of Paris, on the left bank of the Seine River, but due to its imposing nature, you can have good Eiffel Tower views from almost everywhere in Paris.
But what are the best places to see the Eiffel Tower? The places with the best views of the Eiffel Tower, where you can point your camera and take stunning photos?
For this article, we asked some fellow travel bloggers and friends about their favorite Eiffel Tower view points and their best tips for taking the perfect shot.
Here’s the roundup of the best views of Eiffel Tower, with a Paris map to help you pinpoint the best Eiffel Tower views.
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Map of Best Eiffel Tower Views
Best Views of the Eiffel Tower
0. VIEW OF THE EIFFEL TOWER FROM YOUR ROOM
Some of the most beautiful historic hotels in Paris, well known for their amazing facilities, also come with great Eiffel Tower views. So if you are traveling to Paris and you can afford it, why not treat yourself to the pleasure of an amazing room with Eiffel Tower view? This picture was taken from the Hotel Shangri-La, in Paris 16, but there are other hotels with fabulous views of the Eiffel Tower.
These hotels are also home to some of the best rooftop bars in Paris. We love any rooftop view of the Eiffel Tower, when the Tower outstands in the landscape surrounded by smaller buildings with their quintessential Parisian roofs.
If you prefer a home-from-home in Paris, it is also possible to find cozy apartments with Eiffel Tower views.
1. EIFFEL TOWER VIEW FROM THE EIFFEL TOWER GARDENS (PARIS 7)
- Suggested by Elisa | World in Paris
- Device used: Canon 5D Mark iii
- Instagram: worldinparis
One of our favorite views of Eiffel Tower is from the Eiffel Tower Gardens, from the path that leads to the ticket control to access the Tower. It is only when you get close to the Eiffel Tower that you realize how big is!
This closer view also allows visitors to appreciate the structure, the texture of the iron, and some additional details. Sometimes, engineering isn’t just functional, it’s beautiful.
From this spot, you can also see how the elevators go up and down through the pillars; it is fascinating!
You can admire this view even during a short layover in Paris. Check out how to head from your Paris airport to the Eiffel Tower:
- How to travel from CDG Airport to the Eiffel Tower
- How to travel from Orly Airport to the Eiffel Tower
2. VIEW OF EIFFEL TOWER FROM PONT DE BIR-HAKEIM (PARIS 15-16)
- Suggested by: Maartje & Sebastiaan | The Orange Backpack
- Device used: Canon 100D, edited in Lightroom
- Instagram: theorangebackpack.nl
The Pont de Bir-Hakeim is the most beautiful bridge near the Eiffel tower. The Tower itself is at the Pont d’Iéna bridge, but we’d recommend you continue one bridge further to the south for the best view of the Eiffel Tower.
The Bir-Hakeim bridge is beautiful and a must-visit photography spot in Paris itself. It is often used for infinity shots. Make sure to check Instagram in advance for the best photo angle inspiration.
The steel construction of the bridge fits perfectly with the Iron Lady of Paris. The best time for your shots is early in the morning during sunrise when the sky around the Eiffel Tower will turn pink, yellow, and orange, and the sun slowly rises behind the Eiffel Tower. Our shot was taken in September around 7.30 am.
3. EIFFEL TOWER VIEW FROM THE TUILERIES GARDEN (PARIS 8)
- Suggested by: Jiayi | The Diary of a Nomad
- Device: Nikon D3100 + 18-55mm kit lens
- Instagram: thediaryofanomad
One of the best views of the Eiffel Tower is seen from right outside the Tuileries Garden, at the corner right opposite of Musée de l’Orangerie. The reason this spot is so awesome is because the Tuileries Gaden is one of the most stunning gardens in Paris, and your visit here will be made even more special when you step outside of it to immediately find this view of the Eiffel Tower next to the charming statues.
The day I was there, the dense clouds and sun rays peeking out also added to the dramatic aesthetic of the view! I recommend stopping by this spot right before sunset to get beautiful soft lighting for your photos, and to bring a zoom lens with you (I used a Nikon 18-55mm) because the tower is a bit far, so you will need to zoom in to make it look bigger!
4. VIEW OF THE EIFFEL TOWER FROM THE EIFFEL TOWER (PARIS 7)
- Suggested by Norbert | World in Paris
- Device used: Canon 5D Mark iii
- Instagram: worldinparis
Is the Eiffel Tower the best place to see the Eiffel Tower?! This Eiffel Tower shot was taken from the first floor, during our last visit to the Tower, and you can admire many interesting details of the pillars and the arches. It is also fun to see how the lifts go up and down.
Is it worth going up the Eiffel Tower? We say YES, especially if you are visiting Paris for the first time. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most iconic sites in Paris and the world, the exhibition on-site is very interesting, plus the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower is amazing.
We recommend visiting the Eiffel Tower one hour before sunset to get day views from the tower, have a look at the exhibition, and then take beautiful night shots. Be sure to book your Eiffel Tower tickets well in advance, as the last time slots are always the most popular.
5. VIEW OF EIFFEL TOWER FROM THE THEATER OF EIFFEL TOWER (PARIS 7)
- Suggested by: Chelsea | The Portable Wife
- Device used: Olympus OM-D EM5 Mark II with a 14-150mm lens
- Instagram: theportablewife
For a perfectly Parisian view of the Eiffel Tower, head to the rear gates of the Théâtre de la Tour Eiffel. Located on a small, dead-end street off of Avenue Rapp, this photo spot uses quintessential Paris flats to frame the Iron Lady. I particularly love the juxtaposition of swirling iron balconies next to the Eiffel Tower’s geometric structure.
To deal with the mix of shadowed buildings and bright sky, you’ll want to use a tripod for this shot. Shooting vertically with a wide-angle lens will let you capture the full length of the Eiffel Tower. The street opens up to the west, making this location ideal for golden hour and sunset photos.
6. VIEW OF EIFFEL TOWER FROM MONTPARNASSE (PARIS 15)
- Suggested by: Claudia Tavani | My Adventures Across The World
- Device used: Nikon DS3300 with a 70/300 mm lens
- Instagram: myadventuresacrosstheworld
One of the best views of Eiffel Tower is from Montparnasse Tower. As the photo shows, the views are completely unobstructed.
This skyscraper was built in the 1970s and, with its 210 meters, is the second tallest building in the city. The observation deck is open 365 days, from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm. Once up, you can stay for as long as you want.
You may want to consider going up in the late afternoon to enjoy day /sunset and night views of the Eiffel Tower and Paris.
As Montparnasse Tower can hardly be considered a beautiful building, the benefit of climbing it is that once you are on it, you can’t see it! The stunning Eiffel Tower views from it make it one of the unmissable places to visit in Paris.
7. VIEW OF EIFFEL TOWER FROM RUE MONTTESUY (PARIS 7)
After a month-long blogging trip to Europe, we had a 13-hour stopover in Paris on the way home. Completely exhausted, we went straight from the airport to catch the sunset at the Eiffel Tower because it’s Paris, for goodness’ sake!
Upon leaving, we walked down Rue de Monttessuy and turned back to see if there was an Eiffel Tower view right at the moment that the lights turned on and lit up the Tower. A sparkling light show ensued, which happens for the first 5 minutes of every evening hour. There were no crazy crowds, just us and this incredible moment.
This shot was taken outside of the restaurant Il Sorrentino near Avenue Rapp. Taken on an iPhone XS Max, it just shows you that you don’t need a fancy camera to capture the magic of Paris.
8. VIEW OF THE EIFFEL TOWER FROM CHAMP DE MARS (PARIS 7)
- Suggested by: Kriszti | She Wanders Abroad
- Device used: Sony Alpha 7II mirrorless camera + Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens
- Instagram: shewandersabroad
If you’re looking for the best view of Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars should be on your list! It’s a large public green space located right in front of the Eiffel Tower, so it’s also a perfect place to have a picnic or hang around with friends.
If you want to have the whole tower in the picture, you need to go to the back of the park. The best place is around the Statue du Maréchal Joseph Joffre. It’s only a few minutes’ walk away from the École Militaire metro station, so it’s very easy to reach.
Since the sun is setting right behind the Eiffel Tower, the best time to take photos at this location is sunset. Although it’s usually crowded at sunset, the good news is that if you aim your camera higher, you will be able to get a picture without any people in it!
9. VIEW OF THE EIFFEL TOWER FROM ARC DE TRIOMPHE (PARIS 8)
- Suggested by: Rachel & Clark | Seeking Our Someday
- Device used: Olympus OM-D E-M1
- Instagram: seekingoursomeday
For a unique view of Eiffel Tower, head to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Not only is this spot one of the most iconic buildings in Paris, but also the top boasts an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower and the city of Paris.
This is a much less crowded viewpoint than the Champ de Mars, and photographing from this panoramic terrace puts the height of the Eiffel Tower into perspective. Tickets are required to visit the top terrace, and arriving an hour before sunset will provide an opportunity to photograph the Eiffel Tower as the clouds and sky change colors.
After sunset, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, just below the Arc de Triomphe, is a nice spot to stroll outside for portraits as the city streetlights turn on.
10. EIFFEL TOWER VIEW FROM PORT DEBILLY (PARIS 16)
One of the best views of Eiffel Tower is from the banks of the Seine, on the opposite side of the river from the tower. This photo was taken from Port Debilly, just off the Avenue de New York.
Walk down from the main road to the river edge, and you’ll find a wide pedestrian path, perfect for walking along and enjoying the sights. We recommend visiting at night when the tower is lit up – you can get some magical shots.
11. VIEW OF EIFFEL TOWER FROM ESPLANADE DU TROCADÉRO (PARIS 16)
The best view of Eiffel Tower is, in my opinion, from Esplanade du Trocadéro, which is right across the river from the beautiful Eiffel Tower.
If you want to get beautiful pictures of the Eiffel Tower from Trocadéro with fewer crowds, get there at sunrise. Early in the morning, there are many professional photographers taking pre-wedding/engagement Eiffel Tower photos. Then tourists start to show up around 9 am, and the place becomes too crowded.
I was once there at 7 am, but it was so cloudy I couldn’t see the Eiffel Tower! In order not to be disappointed, check the Eiffel Tower live webcam before you head out for the best Eiffel Tower view.
12. EIFFEL TOWER VIEW FROM THE CAROUSEL WITHIN TROCADÉRO GARDENS (PARIS 7)
The Eiffel Tower is a beauty no matter whichever place or angle you view it from. One of the best places to see the Eiffel Tower is from the carousel within the Trocadéro Gardens. The combined view of the rotating carousel with the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower gives the place such a vintage feel and somehow takes us back in time.
The view of the Eiffel Tower here is absolutely beautiful during the day and prettier at night, with the glittering lights both from the carousel and the tower brightening up the place. So definitely get yourself these pictorial memorabilia, both in the daylight during the morning hours and certainly at night too, preferably closer to sunset hour just as the lights begin turning on these charming architectures.
However, keep in mind that this particular carousel is located at an intersection, which means plenty of foot traffic, so take that into consideration while taking a picture here.
Other Great Eiffel Tower Views
Of course, our friends mentioned most of the best Eiffel Tower view points. There are a couple more places, however, that we feel should be added to the list of best places to see the Eiffel Tower.
13. EIFFEL TOWER VIEWS FROM A SEINE RIVER CRUISE
A cruise along the River Seine is one of the best ways to see the most famous landmarks in Paris. Seine River cruises usually last a couple of hours and can be with or without a meal.
Either way, you’re bound to get the best Eiffel Tower views as the boat sails along the river. Sit back and enjoy the show that Paris has to offer!
14. VIEW OF THE EIFFEL TOWER FROM THE PANTHÉON OF PARIS (PARIS 5)
Under its majestic dome, the Panthéon of Paris has an exclusive observatory, only open to the public from April to October. Between the large colonnades that overlook the historic building, a magnificent 360-degree view of the capital is revealed.
The photograph was taken from the dome of the Panthéon, which offers a magnificent view of Paris and, in particular, of the Eiffel Tower, the Luxembourg Gardens, the Invalides, and the Saint-Sulpice Church. The French flag on the side gives the shot a picturesque touch.
This breathtaking and truly unique view of all of Paris is the reward for climbing 206 steps, but it is well worth it! You can buy your tickets to the Panthéon here.
So there you have it, our selection of the best places to see the Eiffel Tower. Which is the best view of Eiffel Tower, in your opinion?
NB: The cover picture was taken from Ile-aux-Cygnes, in the middle of the Seine River. More specifically, it was taken from Allée des Cygnes between Pont Bir Hakeim and Pont de Grenelle.
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