The best spots for photographing the Eiffel Tower
Friday 18 November 2022
Modified the 18/11/22
Who hasn’t taken a photo of the Eiffel Tower when in Paris, by day or night, from wherever they happen to be in the city? It might have been just a shot of the top or a small section of the structure visible from a window of a Parisian apartment or street corner… There's a good reason why the Eiffel Tower is one of the most “Instagramed” monuments in the world: it is a symbol of Paris and, at over 1,000 feet tall, its unique, slender silhouette is visible from all parts of the city, as well as from many raised spots in the surrounding region.
We've put together a selection of top locations from which to take the best souvenir photos of the Iron Lady.
Near the Tower
In the vicinity of the Tower itself, the Champ-de-Mars and the Trocadéro esplanade are the most obvious places from which to get an incredible view of the Tower, especially in clear weather, at sunrise or sunset. These places are also perfect for relaxing or taking a stroll.
If you want the Seine to feature in the foreground, head to Bir-Hakeim Bridge, where you’ll find the France Renaissante statue. Recently renovated, Bir-Hakeim Bridge now shimmers with stunning silver tones. It forms a perfect duo with the Eiffel Tower in the background. If you’re planning to walk along the banks of the Seine (particularly on the right bank), you’ll discover plenty of fabulous viewpoints from the embankments and bridges (from Issy les Moulineaux to the Alexandre III bridge).
See if you can find any undiscovered viewpoints! The 7th, 15th and 16th arrondissements are filled with streets offering interesting views of the Tower. One of the most striking examples is Rue Saint-Dominique, which showcases the Tower’s slim silhouette. The less well-known Avenue de Camoens and Rue Le Tasse in the 16th arrondissement, near the Trocadéro, offer exceptional views of the Tower’s structure, which brilliantly complements the lines of the surrounding buildings. An absolute treat for fans of Parisian urban architecture!
On the Right Bank, the ideal place from which to photograph the Eiffel Tower from a height is undoubtedly the Arc de Triomphe. A visit of this amazing structure is definitely a must and you can take the opportunity to capture the view of the Eiffel Tower from the terrace at the top.
On the Left Bank, to the south of the Tower, our great neighbor the Montparnasse Tower offers one of the most stunning and breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower from its 656-foot-high panoramic observatory. This viewpoint is very popular with photographers, particularly in the evening when the monument's metal surface gleams in the rays of the setting sun.
Other tall Parisian monuments from which you can take photos include the Saint-Jacques Tower, near Chatelet, and the dome of the Pantheon, in the 5th arrondissement, when it is open to visitors. Their historical and architectural importance make them Parisian must-sees in their own right, but they also offer exceptional views of the city and the Eiffel Tower in particular!
Belvederes with breathtaking vistas of Paris
The Eiffel Tower can be seen from a distance of between 35 and 50 miles from Paris, depending on the weather and air quality. If you have a camera with a good zoom and are looking for a challenge, the Tower is a great subject, even from a considerable distance, as long as you’re shooting from an elevated position. Some of the best high spots from which to capture the Eiffel Tower with the rest of Paris are, of course, the dome of the Sacré Cœur Basilica on Montmartre hill and the belvedere in Belleville Park, in the 20th arrondissement.
Around Paris and outside the capital itself, there may be other exceptional raised locations near you that are worth including on your list of favorite outings. Get ready to go searching for the best viewpoints and make your choice according to the terrain, urban layout and vegetation. To begin with, consider Argenteuil and the Parisis natural region to the north-west of Paris, home to two hills (Orgemont and Châtaigniers) and offering pleasant green spaces and an exceptional panoramic view of the Seine Valley. To the west, go to Mont Valérien (a place of national remembrance) in Suresnes and the Saint-Cloud Park.
Further to the south, a visit to the park and terrace of the Meudon Observatory and its surrounding area is a must. Follow the course of the Seine with your eye and you’ll spot the Eiffel Tower! To the north-east, Jean Moulin Park in Bagnolet-Montreuil offers a magnificent panoramic view of the whole of Paris and the Eiffel Tower which, although far away, remains a proud fixture in the landscape.
Follow these “Tower fan” photographers on Instagram
A mix of professionals and amateurs. Their shots of Paris and the Eiffel Tower are poetic and inspirational! Don’t hesitate to follow them on Instagram.
Gérard Trang, alias @superchinois801
Franck Lammens, alias @franck_lammens
Olivier Costier, alias @photocostier
Frédéric, alias @gogojungle
Ludovic, alias @ludovicstrl
Paul Second, alias @second.paul
Phil, alias @phil_a_paname
Louis R, alias @man.of.streets
Carina L, alias @carina_ta_legao
Olivier Wong, alias @wonguy974
Nadège, alias @douceur_a_paris