You've gotta go home with at least one amazing photo of the Eiffel Tower. Here's a guide to some great vantage points.
Ok you’ve dined, you’ve shopped, you’ve been that tourist with a selfie stick in front of the Louvre (good for you!)…and still, all your pictures of the iconic Tour Eiffel look like they were taken by …well- a tourist. If you’re not going home with a small carry on full of tower miniatures (ok, even if you ARE going home with that), you should probably get one awesome, heart stopping, post card quality photo of the Eiffel Tower. (Do people even send postcards anymore? Is that still a thing??)
Here are four locations that will give you an amazing vantage point to photograph this picturesque monument.
33 Avenue du Maine, 75015
Montparnasse Tower (Tour Montparnasse) is the second tallest skyscraper in Paris. Located in the 15th arrondissement, it is often criticized for being an eyesore on the Parisian skyline. The good news is, you won’t see this towering blight on the horizon when you’re on the top floor looking out!
Tickets to reach the top are 15€ for adults with discounted tickets for children, teens, and disabled visitors. You’ll have two places to take pictures — from the 56th “Panoramic Floor” through large windows and from the roof-top “Terrace,” which is 200 meters high!
2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007
Champ de Mars is a large, open park that lies to the southeast of the Eiffel Tower. As you face the tower, the straight lines of the symmetrical hedges that line the park create the perfect frame for the subject of your photo.
The park is quite large and includes winding pathways, fountains, picnic areas, and even an old carousel. A little exploration will uncover many excellent photo opportunities in Champ de Mars.
Trocadero lies just on the other side of the Seine, to the northwest of the Eiffel Tower. Varying elevations and vegetation in the area will give you several very interesting angles from which to photograph the tower.
Start on the steps of the Palais de Chaillot and walk toward the Eiffel Tower through the Trocadero Gardens, taking pictures along the way.
(And- this one is my personal favorite as far as vantage points)
5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007
Photographing the Eiffel Tower from the Eiffel Tower seems like an obvious recommendation, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. Photographing the tower from below will give you an interesting view, and you’ll also be able to eliminate people from your image this way.
Make sure to move around and capture different angles. Use a wide angle lens for a unique perspective that captures the immensity of the monument.
Here are some tips for finding your own great locations for photographing the Eiffel Tower
Higher vantage points will allow you to photograph the tower without other obstructions. Go to the roof or top floor of buildings for a better view! Your hotel may have roof access with a good view, or you can even try a museum or restaurant.
The Pompidou Center is a great museum with roof access and the Restaurant Les Ombres at the Musée du Quai Branly offers great views of the tower while you dine.
Can’t get to higher ground? Use your surroundings to create a unique frame for the tower. Take a picture through your hotel window, from a sidewalk café, or as you walk down the street.
Think of using greenery, people, and even other buildings and architecture to complement the Eiffel Tower in your photo, not detract from it.
It’s great to have a standard photo of the Eiffel Tower, the one that everyone has seen before, but what about something more unique? Forget about what you’ve seen and get creative with your ideas.
Go far away, get close up, get low to the ground, or climb higher! Maybe have someone else take a picture of you photographing the tower. Have fun and use your imagination- I’ve heard it said that Paris is Disney Land for adults… so go ahead, play a little.
Personally, I like to get pics of the tower while looking out of train and metro windows. I like how to window offers a natural frame of the landmark and the ambiance of the whole setting.
No matter what you choose, the Dame de Fer is always beautiful.