Authored by Dan Bagby
The Eiffel Tower truly is one of the most iconic, most visited and most photographed landmarks in France, and if you love travel photography, getting the perfect shot will most likely be at the top of your list.
Situated in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, whether you’re cruising past it on the Seine, climbing to the roof of a nearby Cathedral, or standing directly below it, there are a million ways to get a shot of the Eiffel Tower, and it’s quite easy to take a great photo here.
Though this is one of the most photographed landmarks in the world, so what’s not always easy is taking an interesting one. As a tourist, it’s difficult to capture a unique angle which the world hasn’t already seen.
The following are great photography locations for shooting the Eiffel Tower. Head here if you’re looking to travel like a photographer and not a tourist.
The Best Places to Photograph the Eiffel Tower (or Catch an Amazing View)
The observation deck on the Tour Montparnasse provides a 360 view of all of Paris. It is the 2nd largest building in Paris, with only the Eiffel Tower being taller.
On the 56th floor you can view the entire city with wall to ceiling windows and interactive displays highlighting the historic buildings, both close by and in the distance.
Additionally, the terrace provides an open-air view and lends itself perfectly to capturing a perfect photo.
Taking a river cruise on the Siene is a great way to see the entire city, including the Eiffel Tower.
You can jump on a day cruise, though there are also many Seine river cruises which also include parts of the English Channel with stops in Giverny, Rouen and Normandy.
Photo by Artur Staszewski (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr
Beyond being an amazing shopping destination on its own, on the 9th floor terrace of the Printemps you can enjoy views on the Eiffel tower while eating at the café. On one side you can admire Montmartre fairly close and see the Eiffel Tower looking the opposite direction.
Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
A great complement to the tour of the interior of the Notre Dame cathedral is climbing the towers.
The entrance is on the left hand side of the building and gets you a close up view of the roof, church bells, gargoyles and of course, the Eiffel Tower.
Photo by Julian Fong CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Below the Tower
My personal favorite view of the Eiffel Tower is from up close. Standing under the structure, you really get a feel for the grandeur of it.
The steel beams seem to weave in and out of each other creating an impressive display of architectural design.
The Essential Night Time View
Regardless of where you view the Eiffel Tower from, make sure you see it sparkle at night. It sparkles every hour on the hour for 5 minutes. It makes for an amazing site that is hard to tire of.
If you can find hotels in Paris that have a view of the Eiffel Tower within your budget (or even for a fun splurge) I highly recommend you book it.
Nothing beats a suite with a view of the Eiffel tower and a private balcony. Or enjoying the view while eating breakfast.
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