Where To Get The Most Impressive Views Of Paris

You can get stunning views of Paris from many places, and you don’t have to pay for all of them. 

Many dream of traveling to Paris and staying somewhere with views of the Eiffel Tower. If you have a budget to splurge for a room with a view, go for it. But if you need to watch the pennies, you will be relieved to know that there are many places in town where you can catch incredible Paris views. 

Whether you are into photography or just want to enjoy the pleasure of recording an image in your mind, Paris won’t disappoint you. Always carry a camera or a smartphone with you to take at least a quick snap of the best Paris views. 

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The photos in this post were shot using either my Nikon D3300 with a 18-105 mm lens; or my iPhone 11 Pro. In some cases you may want to use a longer lens for better results.

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The views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower are impressive

14 Places For The Best Views Of Paris

Eiffel Tower

Think about the best views of Paris and chances are that the first thing that comes to mind is the Eiffel Tower. Paris’ most iconic attraction is not only a fantastic sight in and of itself, but also a great vantage point to take in all the views of the city. I don’t think I need to convince you to get on the Eiffel Tower – I am sure this will likely be the first place you visit in town. 

Now, the big question is: should you make the effort (and pay) to get all the way to the summit? Some will tell you that you can get incredible views from level one. Others will try to convince you that the best views are from level two. I actually believe that the views you get from the summit of the Eiffel Tower are by far the best.

Another question is whether you should go up for sunset or at night, or simply during the day. That is completely up to you. Surely, if you want to get views of Paris at night, going after dark is a great idea. Whether you go for sunset or not is a matter of weather too. I was perfectly happy with the morning views I got!

The Eiffel Tower is open daily from 9:00 or 9:30 am. Closing time is 6:30 pm for stair users and 00:45 am for elevator users. Get tickets to the second floor here; and tickets to the summit here.

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This is the view of the Eiffel Tower from the Champs de Mars

Champ de Mars

Right behind the Eiffel Tower, you can freely access the Champ de Mars, a park which was opened in 1780 next to the École Militaire. It’s a great place to get views of the Eiffel Tower, to hang out, to spend an afternoon with family and friends. And it’s 100% free to visit. 

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The Eiffel Tower as seen from the Trocadero

Trocadero

Across the Seine river from the Eiffel Tower you will get to the Trocadéro. This is one of the undisputed best places for Paris views – especially if you are keen on taking photos of the Eiffel Tower. 

The Trocadéro can be accessed freely throughout the day. You may find that it is rather crowded – there were a lot of people when I went, at around 12:30 pm. If you want to have the place to yourself, and an incredible light to capture the Eiffel Tower, make sure to go at sunrise. 

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You’ll get fantastic views from the Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

The views from the Arc the Triomphe are simply stunning. You get to see the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysees all the way to the Louvre and La Defense, Paris’ modern district packed with skyscrapers. 

The Arc de Triomphe is open every day from 10:00 am to 10:30 or 11:00 pm, depending on the season. It is closed on 1 January, 1 May, 8 May (morning), 14 July, 11 November (morning) and 25 December. Get tickets in advance here.

La Defense

Le Grande Arche de la Defense

You can see La Defense from the Arc de Triomph and even from the Eiffel Tower, but did you know you can get incredible views from the Observatory Deck of the Grands Arche de la Defense too? This 110 meters tall skyscraper was built in the 20th century – inaugurated on July 14th, 1989, and has the largest terrace in Paris, with great views of central Paris – including of the Eiffel Tower.

It’s a bit of a trip to get there – but it’s worth it, as this is really a non-touristy spot.

Le Grande Arche de la Défense is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm. You can get tickets here.

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These are the views from Montparnasse Tower

Montparnasse Tower

Easily the ugliest building in Paris, the good thing about getting on Montparnasse Tower is that once you are in, you don’t get to see it! There are two levels you can visit: floor 56, which is basically all enclosed with glass windows, and the Terrance, which is also closed but there are a few openings so you can dodge your camera for views. There also are telescopes to get closer views.

Montparnasse Tower is open every day from 9:30 am to either 10:30 or 11:30 depending on the season. Get your tickets in advance here.

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You can see all the way to Pompidou from Sacre-Coeur

Sacre-Coeur

The steps of Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre are supposed to be one of the best viewpoints in Paris. Unfortunately, when I visited the weather was overcast and as there was a fair in Montmartre, so it was terribly crowded (even more than usual) and I couldn’t get to a decent place for photos. Even then, I was able to see the Centre Pompidou and Notre-Dame on the right. I know, my photo isn’t the best – so if you do go make sure to send me yours for comparison!

You can access those steps for free.

The streets of Montmartre

A walk around Montmartre may not reward you with the sweeping views you may get from higher viewpoints, but the views of the colorful buildings, of Sacre-Coeur Basilica, and even of the city in the distance are great.

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Notre Dame as seen during a Seine River cruise

Seine River

You will find great views along the Seine River – the many bridges (especially Ponte Alexandre III), Notre-Dame Cathedral (which used to be one of the best places to get Paris views but was unfortunately hit by a fire in April 2019), the Eiffel Tower and much more can be seen walking along the banks of the river or even during a Seine river cruise. 

In case you want to opt for a cruise, you can book it here.

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The small square behind Pompidou

Pompidou Center

The Pompidou Center is a National Museum of Modern Art and Europe’s largest modern art museum. Inside you will find the work of artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky. But to make your experience even better, you can ride the elevators and get to the upper level from where you can enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower.

Pompidou Center is open Wednesdays to Mondays from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. It closes at 11:00 pm on Thursdays. You can get your tickets here.

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Musee d’Orsay is a fantastic building

Musee d’Orsay

The Musee d’Orsay is one of the best museums in Paris, with a fantastic collection of impressionist art with works of the likes of Monet, Manet, Renoir and more. What many don’t know is that you can actually get incredible views of Paris from there, through the clock on the upper level. 

Musee d’Orsay is open every day from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm. On Thursdays it closes at 9:45 pm. It is closed on Mondays. Make sure to get tickets in advance before you go. You can get them here.

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The dome of Paris Pantheon is a great place for views

Paris Pantheon

Last but not least, for views of the Latin Quarter, Luxembourg Gardens, Eiffel Tower and even Notre Dame, get on the Dome of Paris’ Pantheon. 

The Pantheon is open every day from 10:00 am to 6:00 or 6:30 pm depending on the season. You can get tickets here.

Le Printemps

The upper level of this shopping mall offers great views of Paris – spanning from the Opera to the Eiffel Tower. The Brasserie Printemps is a great lunch spot – nothing better than a meal with a view!

Your hotel room

Ok, so this is not a given. You will have to really look for a room with a view and chances are you will have to pay dearly for that – but if you can afford it, definitely opt to wake up to the best views of Paris! 

For a selection of hotels with views of the Eiffel Tower, click here.

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