Best Places to Photograph the Eiffel Tower

Photo taken from Place de Varsovie

While no one disagrees that La Tour Eiffel is THE most emblematic attraction in Paris, everyone has their own favorite spots from where to look at, photograph or film this impressive, 300+ meters high tower. When visiting we recommend you book an alternative to taxi in Paris to get you to the Eiffel Tower in style. And when you’re there be sure to have your camera ready! Here’s our how-to guide for photographing the most iconic landmark of Paris:

Eiffel Tower from Esplanade du Trocadéro
Photo of the Eiffel Tower from the top of Esplanade du Trocadéro.

Coming from the Trocadéro metro station this will be your first encounter with the Eiffel Tower and you probably won’t resist the temptation to take at least a couple of photos from here. We actually shot a dozen of these and this one is one of our finest 🙂


Eiffel Tower from the stairs of Esplanade du Trocadéro
From the stairs of Esplanade du Trocadéro.

The stairways descending from the Esplanade will provide you some great vantage points so you may want to keep your camera handy while you’re here.


La Tour Eiffel viewed from Jardins du Trocadéro.
La Tour Eiffel viewed from Jardins du Trocadéro.

You will find these fountains irresistible – especially if it’s a sunny day –  so take the time to look for your favorite spot, prepare your camera and take that perfect shot!


Photo taken from Place de Varsovie
Photo taken from Place de Varsovie.

Leaving behind the Jardins du Trocadéro and the carousel in Place de Varsovie, you’ll arrive here: a special place on the right-hand side of Pont d’Iéna (Iéna Bridge) where the trees make for the perfect frame around the tower.


Underneath Pont d'Iéna
The Eiffel Tower viewed from underneath Pont d’Iéna.

From Place de Varsovie take the stairs down to the Seine and you’ll discover this place in Port Debilly, right next to Pont d’Iéna.


Underneath Eiffel Tower
Up close and personal – the Eiffel Tower from underneath.

A classic, although you’ll notice that the more pictures you take from this spot, the harder it will be to decide which one looks best.


Gustave Eiffel statue
Gustave Eiffel statue next to the North pillar of the tower.

Detail of the complicated iron lattice masterpiece and its creator, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel: not to be missed!


View from Rue de l'Université
La Tour Eiffel – view from Rue de l’Université.

You can see – and photograph! – the details of this giant from every surrounding street…


Allée Jean-Paulhan
Another Eiffel close up – view from Allée Jean-Paulhan.

… or alley!


From a Seine River cruise boat
From a Seine River cruise boat.

A cruise on the Seine River is definitely not something you can afford to miss while you’re in Paris, especially since it provides the perfect opportunity to photograph places like Musée d’Orsay, Pont Alexandre III, Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris as well as other fabulous landmarks around Île de la Cité and, of course, the Eiffer Tower. This photo was taken from our boat, on the left-hand side of Pont d’Iéna.

If you are planning on climbing the Eiffel Tower to enjoy the views and take some iconic photographs from there, consider the Behind the Scenes tour offered by Paris Attraction Tickets. Not only do you get to skip the ticket queue (which can be huge even on a cold, wet winters day), you’ll enjoy a backstage tour.
By the way, we used the Paris City Passport for 3 days (which is available on the official website of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau) and had our Seine cruise included – we highly recommend the passport if you’re visiting Paris for 3 to 5 days and don’t have your own transport.

The are, obviously, tens of other places to take photos of La Tour Eiffel but this time we wanted to share our own favorite and we hope you’ll try them next time you’re in Paris.

If you already have your favorite vantage points around this landmark, please feel free to share them in the comments below!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *