By the Eiffel Tower

Symbolic of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is a favourite monument in an attractive tourist district

Did you know that the area around these mythical 330 metres of metal is also full of attractive sites? The River Seine flows below the Eiffel Tower. From the landing stages, one can embark for a discovery tour of Paris on the water. All around, huge skyscapes, monumental palaces, esplanades and century-old trees provide an extraordinary panorama. A top site for open-air escapades, Chaillot hill is also a giant in terms of art and culture. The choice is yours; a thousand treasures are within your grasp!  An array of diverse and varied events livens up the vast area of Trocadéro. Throughout the year, museums and cultural sites offer a wide range of temporary exhibitions.

1 Trocadéro

Trocadéro, Paris © OTCP - Marc Verhille

The elevated “Troca” has a privileged viewpoint of the Eiffel Tower on the opposite bank of the Seine. Between the curved wings of the vast Palais de Chaillot – emblem of the 1930s – are gently sloping terraces and gardens, bordered by century-old Caucasian wingnut and hazel trees, and dotted with gilded bronze statues. Skaters and rollerbladers weave alongside the fountains beneath the gaze of Apollo and Hercules, sculpted on the pediment of the pavilions.

2 Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris

Maison de la Culture du Japon,, Paris  © DR

Strengthening ties between Japan and France and spreading awareness of Japanese culture among the French are the two main aims of this institute, which organises festivals, exhibitions, calligraphy and manga drawing courses, etc.

3 Tour Eiffel

La Tour Eiffel, Paris © Thinkstock

This towering monument, inaugurated by Gustave Eiffel during the World Fair is a landmark site 324-metres-high. Its graceful metallic structure has dominated the Seine riverbanks and Champ-de-Mars for more than 120 years. At nightfall, it sparkles with lights to mark the change from one hour to the next. As well as taking the lift up the three floors, there are also temporary exhibitions to see and the private apartment that the engineer Eiffel had installed there.

4 Champ de Mars park

Parc du Champ-de-Mars, couple admirant la tour Eiffel, Paris © Fotolia - pixarno

Named after the Roman God of War, this appellation relates to the original vocation of the area as an exercise ground for the military cadets of the École militaire. Created in 1780, it is a major venue for national events. This park extends from the École militaire to the Eiffel Tower and is accessible day and night as it is not enclosed. It offers a wonderful view of the capital’s most famous monument; whatever the weather, people come to picnic, play music, meet up, and at nightfall ... to watch the tower sparkle with lights.

5 Musée du Quai Branly

Musée du Quai Branly, Paris © OTCP - David Lefranc

Devoted to the art and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the non-Western Americas, it is situated on quai Branly opposite the Seine and close to the Eiffel Tower. Designed by the architect Jean Nouvel and inaugurated in 2006 by President Jacques Chirac, it comprises five buildings over a surface area of 40,600 m². The main building, which houses the exhibitions, is in the innovative shape of a metallic bridge and is a reminder that the Eiffel Tower is close by.

6 Ecole Militaire

Paris © Thinkstock

The Ecole militaire trains army officers in a magnificent and imposing setting, that of the Hôtel des Invalides. Stroll along the esplanade and you will find yourself at the Champ de Mars and the Eiffel Tower, which offer superb views of this impressive monument.