Best Way to See the Eiffel Tower

When you get to Paris, you will want to see many of the famous sites. First stop for many people is the Eiffel Tower. This is such an iconic symbol of Paris that it is important that your first sighting of it will be a memory that will stick with you for the rest of your life.

So here is the best way to see the Eiffel Tower for the first time.

First, wherever you are staying, take the Metro to Iena station or to Trocadero station.

If you go to Iena station, then when you come out, you will be close to a fork in the road – the left hand fork will be Avenue d’Iena, and the right hand fork will be Avenue du President Wilson. Walk along Avenue du President Wilson, going towards Place du Trocadero et du 11 Novembre. As you’re walking along here, you want to keep the road on your right. After a short walk you will come to the Musee National des Monuments.

If you go to Trocadero station, take the exit that goes out to the Musee National des Monuments. Make sure that this is the exit you take otherwise you’ll find yourself on the wrong side of a roundabout.

Keeping the Musee on your left, walk straight past it and turn left. You’ll find yourself in a plaza area called Le Palais de Chaillot (Chaillot Palace), but you won’t notice that because right smack bang in front of you will be the Eiffel Tower. This is the classic Eiffel Tower view, and this view can’t be beaten for your first sight of it.

Next, you’ll walk through the plaza towards the tower and go down a wide set of steps through a water garden. At the end of the garden, you’ll cross the road and find yourself on a bridge crossing the River Seine. The bridge is called Pont d’Iena (remember Iena station and Avenue d’Iena?). On the other side of the bridge, you’ll find yourself looking up through the hundreds of girders that make up the tower.