Where to take the best photos of the Eiffel Tower

Hi Frugalistas!  If you’re on your first trip to Paris (or even if you’re not!) chances are you will want to go up the Eiffel Tower, and also takes photos of it.  But where are the best places to photograph this iconic tower?  You can see it from almost everywhere, but not all shots are created equal.

1.  The Champs de Mars – it’s hard to get a decent shot of the whole tower from the Champs de Mars, but it may be your best option for a family shot.  Best in mornings when it’s not so crowded;

2.  The Trocadero – opposite the Seine on the right bank, the Trocadero is a good spot to get that iconic of whole tower view.  Stand up on one of tiered areas, and it’s also a great spot for that family or solo shot.  Best in the afternoon when the sun is coming from the west – and everyone else knows that, so it will be busy!

3.  The bridges of the Seine – my personal favourite is the Pont Alexandre III because it’s such a pretty bridge.  Its details can be brought into the photo for an even better shot.  The Pont Iena is closer to the tower, but not such a pretty foreground.  The Pont des Arts near the Louvre offers a pretty panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower, and Grand Palais.  Best in the morning or around midday.

4.  Views from up high – a bit further away from the action, but the otherwise ugly Montparnasse Tower in the 15th has a great view of the Eiffel Tower (there is a fee to climb it).  A cheaper (in fact free) option closer to where you are likely to be is the top of Galeries Lafayette.  Try either the observation deck or the restaurant on the floor lower down.  Best in the middle of the day.

5.  Unexpected moments – the area of the 7th affords some pretty, unexpected views of the Eiffel Tower. As does the Tuileries Gardens.  The front of the Invalides looking back along rue Grenelle is a fabulous spot.

These are just some of my favorites.  Where are your favorite shots of the Eiffel Tower?



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18 Comments on “Where to take the best photos of the Eiffel Tower”

  1. missraychanel84 10/05/2014 at 10:50 am #

    I’ve taken shots of it right under it. I didn’t want a “traditional” shot of it, so I opted to take pictures from different angles while standing underneath it. I also managed to take a picture of it when it’s all lit up while on a boat on the Seine. It was pretty cool.

    • frugalfirstclasstravel 10/05/2014 at 4:04 pm #

      Yes, I’ve seen a number really interesting shots taken from underneath and up close too. There also fun to take. Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Ian 10/05/2014 at 11:40 am #

    Yes Jo, it is the unexpected glimpses you get as you turn a corner that really take your breath away. Great pics, thanks for the post

    • frugalfirstclasstravel 10/05/2014 at 4:09 pm #

      Thanks Ian. Once you realise there are unexpected glimpses they pop up everywhere. When we took my daughter to Paris at age 6 we had a bit of a competition to see who could see the Tower first (you can actually see it from the peripherique if you are coming from CDG by car/bus), and then who saw it the most during the week we were there. When you start looking it pops up everywhere. Thanks for the kind feedback about my happy snaps too.

  3. Wanderlust Megan 11/05/2014 at 3:29 pm #

    Lovely photos Jo! If I’m ever in Paris, I’m going to use your list and try to find a couple of my own.

    • frugalfirstclasstravel 11/05/2014 at 3:58 pm #

      Finding your unique angle is definitely the way to go. That’s what makes them special!

  4. suzannestavert 14/05/2014 at 2:42 am #

    Loved this! Thank you- It has been several years since I have been to Paris, but we have trip planned in the Fall. This post will be so helpful! I do like to capture something from a side angle, not your typical full shot view. I also plan to get a shot up through the tower from the ground. We will see!

  5. Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it 14/05/2014 at 5:48 am #

    This is a great subject. It’s always fun to find a creative angle other than the usual shots. Great photos of your angles of the tower.

  6. frugalfirstclasstravel 14/05/2014 at 6:24 am #

    Yes Neva, there’s no reason why you can’t apply these principles to any other major site

  7. mariamichelle117 14/05/2014 at 7:22 am #

    I have always wondered how people get such wonderful photos of the Eiffel Tower. I will HOPEFULLY be referring back to this post in the future. As Audrey Hepburn said “Paris is always a good idea” ;).

  8. Nancie 14/05/2014 at 7:51 am #

    Great tips! I will remember these when I have the opportunity to get to Paris. 🙂

  9. nonnaswanderings 15/05/2014 at 3:43 am #

    Nice! reminds me of the fleeting shots of the Eiffel Tower in the movie “French Kiss”

  10. travelwithmarilyn 16/05/2014 at 10:53 am #

    Great advice! Thank you!!

  11. Jackie Humphries Smith 17/05/2014 at 8:27 am #

    My favorite shot is the one I took on our first trip to Paris in March (early ‘springtime in Paris. . .’) and we got snow. Nothing like snow to make such icons look a bit stark in the cold and dark distance. These are fun photos and I love the different perspective of each!

  12. frugalfirstclasstravel 17/05/2014 at 8:46 am #

    Photos you take on the first trip to somewhere special are always the best ones I think.

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