It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen the Eiffel Tower…it still amazes me every time. It’s the iconic symbol of Paris, and is probably the best photo op ever. Of course it can be overflowing with tourists, so hitting it at the right time is essential for some gorgeous photos. Since I’m already having Paris withdrawals, I wanted to make a post on some of my tips for visiting the Eiffel Tower so your trip can be just as dreamy.
How to get to the top!
Instead of waiting in a never ending line, you can book your tickets in advance here! It’s so awesome reserving your tickets in advance, because you can walk right on the elevator to the different levels. If you’re brave at heart, you can take the elevator to the 2nd level and then take the stairs to the very top (I don’t suggest this for those scared of heights lol). If you’re not able to get tickets, there is also an option to take the stairs to the 2nd level, which is actually a really fun way to see the city. Sunset is definitely my favorite time to see this view, because all the lights in the city start turning on and it’s dreamy. Definitely bring a jacket on your way to the top because it’s supppeerrr windy!
Ok, this may be my favorite thing about the Eiffel Tower…the twinkle lights! There’s not a bad seat in the house when watching these lights, since any view in the city is gorgeous. The lights turn on for five minutes every hour from sunset to 1am (2am in the summer). A really good spot to watch is the Trocadéro, which is at the end of the park directly facing the Eiffel Tower. It’s a beautiful park and the fountains are so pretty when the lights turn on.
What’s better than a view from the top of the Eiffel Tower? Enjoying an amazing dinner inside of it! There are five different restaurants on multiple levels of the tower, including a champagne and macaroon bar (yesss please). You can go all out with a fancy dinner, where at least one proposal is guaranteed (loveeee), or you can grab a quick dessert to take with you to the top. Get reservations here!
To get the ultimate Eiffel Tower picture, you’re going to have to get up early! One of the first days of your trip, when you’re not fully used to the time difference is a good time to do a sunrise photo shoot. The Trocadéro is the best spot during sunrise, and is a perfect wide shot of the tower. To get a photo overlooking the city and the tower is the top of Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe, which are gorgeous views, especially during sunset. If you want a photo near the bottom of the tower, the Eiffel Tower Carousel is a great spot and cute from every angle. And of course, one of the best photo ops is taking a river cruise on the Seine at sunset.