Yes, it’s the most cliché thing to do, but no trip to Paris would be complete without a stroll through the Jardins du Trocadéro and Champ de Mars to capture photos of the Eiffel Tower. This was our second visit to Paris together, with Skylar’s first being over eight years ago. Needless to say our photography style (and camera equipment) have changed quite a bit over the years. Last time I was in Paris, it was February so a coat was very necessary. So given that this trip took place over summer, we decided to go on the hunt for the best places to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower to capture some new photos of the iconic Paris beauty.
The best places to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower:
Over the last few trips, I’ve photographed the Eiffel Tower from a few different locations beyond just straight on. In this blog post, I’m sharing some of those iconic locations so you can get the best photos of the most iconic landmark in Paris!
If you’re taking the Metro or an Uber, exit the Trocadéro station and head towards the Eiffel Tower. As you pass through the Palais de Chaillot, you’ll come to stairs that lead down towards the Eiffel Tower. Those stairs make the perfect photo spot to post in front of the Eiffel Tower. The only thing, it can be a bit scary!
In the photos below, you can see my hand gripping the side of the wall since it was a bit high up, and I was a tad scared! I wish I would have noticed, I wouldn’t have gripped it so hard. But, it did make for some great photos of the Eiffel Tower. Once you get to the bottom of the stairs, you have another spectacular center view of the tower.
Rue de l’Université
On the East side of the Eiffel Tower is Rue de l’Université. If you put in 228 Rue de l’Université it will take you directly to this spot. Alternatively, if you’re walking from Trocadéro and heading towards the Eiffel Tower, the construction going on nearby and below the tower will actually take you on this side of the Tower, making it relatively easy to make this your second photo spot.
Champ de Mars
The Champ de Mars is the Park that surrounds the Eiffel Tower on it’s Southeast side. There are a number of different spots here to take photos of the Eiffel Tower. While an iconic photo of it straight on is necessary, I find the most interesting ones to be off-center, as shown below.
If you happen to be in Paris during the summer, you’ll see the park is lined with beautiful flowers. I was able to capture some of my most favorite Eiffel Tower photos here. Between the sunset glow and the colors, I was pretty excited about these images.
Want to take more pictures while in Paris? Make sure to check out this post about the most colorful street in Paris!
Arc du Triomphe: The most Iconic places to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower
Want something different? Head on over to the rooftop of the Arc du Triomphe and you can capture an entirely different perspective of Paris!
Here are some additional Eiffel Tower photos we took during our time in Paris:
There are definitely additional places to take photos of the Eiffel Tower, including many hotels with balconies and terraces that overlook the tower. These are just a sampling from my recent trip, and I will continue to update this blog post on future travels as I capture more photos. If you’ve been to Paris and would love to share your recommendation of an Eiffel Tower photo spot, shoot me a message here, and we can discuss!
Wondering what else to do in the French capital? make sure to check this guide on how to spend two days in Paris.