If you’re going to Paris, whether it’s your first time or you’re a returning visitor, you will most likely want to get some pictures of and/or with the Eiffel Tower. While many people have great selfies with the Eiffel Tower right behind them, there is another approach to taking these pictures so that you are able to get scenic pictures of the entire tower, while also being close enough to the tower to walk up and take any tour or climb the steps, if that’s part of your plan, too.
First step: take the metro to the Trocadero stop.
If you are far enough away, take the metro to the Trocadero stop. Even if you have to pass the stops closest to the Eiffel Tower to get to the Trocadero stop, do so. The goal here is to start your Eiffel Tower tour far enough away so that you can get great pictures of the entire tower.
Second, look for the Eiffel Tower.
From here, there should be two almost identical buildings that curve. These buildings are the Cite de l’architecture et due patrimoine and the Musée de l’Homme. With the former on your left and the latter on your right, you should be able to see the Eiffel Tower in its entirety, sitting right between them. If you walk between the two buildings, towards the tower, there should be a nice balcony-type landing. Here you can take many pictures of the tower and of yourself that put the tower and its beauty in perspective. Check out the picture below that I took in this spot when I went in the summer of 2016.
Third, continue making your way towards the tower.
There should be steps down from this elevated view. Take them and continue working your way closer to the tower. You will start passing through the Jardins du Trocadéro, or the Trocadéro Gardens. There will be long stretches of grass with a fountain in between them, also named Trocadéro Fountain. This another great spot to take pictures. Check out a couple below that I took in this spot, which allows for a good full-body shot, while still getting the entire tower in.
Lastly, continue your venture towards the tower.
From here, it’s all up to you. Take as many other pictures as you’d like. Take your time walking towards the tower. Though it is a very touristy spot, that does not mean you should rush this experience. The Eiffel Tower is a symbol almost everyone in the world knows about and can identify. Enjoy your time with it and check out your surroundings. There will be food vendors, a merry-go-round, and a beautiful view of the Seine as you cross over it.
Let me know if you have any tips I did not think of!
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