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?