Inside the Metro station panels show the visitor where to get out of the underground station to discover from the esplanade du Trocadero, between the two wings of the Palais de Chaillot the best view on the Tour Eiffel.
That morning the Tour Eiffel seemed to come out of a sleepy haze as there was some mist hanging in the sky of Paris.
As the Tour Eiffel is distant by about 600 m it is a nice walk downstairs through the gardens of the Jardin du Trocadéro leading to the Pont d'Iéna on the Seine.
The centerpiece of the gardens is the famous "Fontaine de Varsovie". With its 20 water cannons, it is said to offer a remarkable water display. I have never seen them working; the pumps were out of use and only replaced in 2011 and on the morning of my visit not working.
One has more chances to see them working on summer evenings when the illuminations around the fountains add to the attraction.
Visitors gather together on the esplanade the best viewpoint on the Eiffel Tower.
Also a good place for pickpockets; two policemen are now permanently on watch at the Trocadero.
"The Trocadero" is an area of Paris, in the 16th arrondissement, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. The hill of the Trocadéro is the hill of Chaillot, a former village.
One of the most visited spot of Paris by tourists and by locals, everyone has a photo taken in there I assume ... :)
Five avenues originate in the Trocadéro: the avenue Henri-Martin which links the Trocadéro with the porte de la Muette and passes in front of the lycée Janson de Sailly (Janson de Sailly secondary school); the avenue Paul Doumer which also approaches the Muette; the avenue d'Eylau, which goes to the Mexico Plaza; the avenue Kléber, which goes to the place de l'Etoile; and the avenue du Président Wilson which goes to the Pont de l'Alma and the Seine. There is a big municipal library near the Trocadéro's square. The high retaining walls of the Trocadero cemetery were constructed by the French industrialist, François Coignet.
Great place to visit and to shoot many photos of the great architecture of the Eiffel Tower ...
Once I have crossed the Pont d'Iena, I was infront of the Jardin's Du Trocadero.
These gardens are famous for their beautiful fountains, called the Fountain of Warsaw, a long basin with twelve other fountain's creating columns of water 12 metres high, It doesn't stop there, another 24 smaller fountains spout water and 20 powerful water cannon's shoot water. In the evening, the central basin becomes a light show, evidently pretty good.
What a sight it would have been IF THEY WERE WORKING - NONE OF THEM WERE, so rather disappointing!!
Why weren't they working, I don't know, I really was expecting to see them in their full glory.
I hope you have plenty of time if you wish to see all at the Trocadero! We were on limited time, so we did not visit the inside of the National Maritime Museum. Located in the Palais de Chaillot, built in the 1930s, the brochure says there is over a thousand extraordinary objects all to do with Maritime, starting from the 17th century up until today.
Open every day except Tuesday from 11am to 6pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 11pm to 7pm. Admission in 2013 is 7 euros.
Metro : Trocadero
Bus 22, 30, 32, 63 will get you here.
I have put the link incase you wish to visit.
If you wish for a wonderful photo of the Eiffel Tower, then I suggest you come here, as the view of the Tower is great!.......Would have been excellent if the fountains were working!
Well, even though the Fountains weren't working, all was not lost, for located all around were many beautiful sculptures.
It was no surprise to see the huge Bull statue, as Trocadero was named after a Spanish stronghold captured by the French in 1823. This was my favorite, but there were plenty of others to view, like the matching stone statues L'Homme and La Femme, two gilded bronze statues are of a Bull and Deer and Horses and Dog and another pair are of a 21-foot bronze Apollo with lyre and a matching 21-foot bronze Hercules with a bull. Plenty to admire!
Trocadero gardens were created by R. Lardat after the world fair of 1937. The place du Trocadero was created for the universal exhibition of 1878. It was originally known as “Place du Rio-de Rome” in honour of Napoleons son.
I think the best view of Eiffel's from here. Especially beautiful during sunset and the lighting up of the Eiffel is magical. In the dark, the madding crowds below the tower is hardly visible so at least you get a prettier and less claustrophobic picture of the tower.
Perhaps the summer crowds may cause a major jam and many irritable tourists. Visiting in winter means better weather to enjoy the environment.
The Jardins du Trocadero ( Trocadero gardens), situated between the Palais Chaillot uphill at one side and the Seine and the Eiffel Tower at the other side, are lovely with many trees, paths and idyllic small bridges. There is also a large aquarium.
Due to its spectacular location the most known part of the 10 ha gardens is the central part dominated by a large rectangular pond with an array of fountains. These fountains are abundantly illuminated at night. Around the pond are many statues, like the man of Traverse, the woman of Braque, the bull of Jouve and the horse of Guyot.
The Jardins and Place du Trocadero are named after Trocadero, a stronghold near Cadiz in the south of Spain, which was captured in 1823 by French forces.
This is a must at night- this spot offers incredible views of the Eiffel Tower- which is such a sight at night glowing in it’s purple hues. Make sure to stick around to the top of the hour where the twinkle lights go off for 10 minutes.
For World's Fair back in 1878, the old Trocadero palains was built here (built for meetings of international organizations during the fair).
The palace form was like a big concert hall, with as well two wings and two towers.
Inside the hall was a big organ built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, and this was the first large organ to be installed inside a concert all in the country.
Lately the organ was removed and then destroyed by fire.
The name (place du Trocadero) has been given back in 1877 to a square formerly known as place du Roi de Rome.
The first evening you arrive in Paris offer yourself the chance to discover Paris. Leave the map home, the touristic guide too. Take just the subway map and enjoy the view. It's a piece of advice I read in a biography and followed it: started at Trocadero and ended it in a cafe next to the Louvre.
This place is home to about 4 museums, and some spectacular fountains. In my opinion, the view from trocadero is the best view in Paris, and is also one of my favourite places. The main view you get is of the Eiffel Tower and of the dome of the Invalides but it is truly breathtaking. I cannot decide whether it is nicer during the day or the night, I love both times...perhaps when you visit (which you must!) you can decide and tell me?
The Batobus will drop you off at the base of the Eiffel Tower, but instead of running directly towards this famous monument, I opted to cross the bridge over the River Seine first to visit the Palais de Chaillot and its Trocadéro Fountains.
The photo was taken from the top level at the Palais de Chaillot, which will give you a good overview over the Trocadero Fountain. The fountain can be quite spectacular when it is working (especially at night when it is lit up), but on this hot late summer day, the fountains were quiet, making it a bit boring. But there are some benches on either side of the fountain, some of them perfectly situated on a shady spot under the trees. A perfect place to take a little rest and absorb in all the views before moving up the stairs of the Palais de Chaillot.
I am not ussually very fond of famous monuments and touristy places, but I have to admit that the view from Trocadero square is magnificent. On a clear day, you get to see the Eiffel Tower from a perfect distance: not too close, not too far. It is not usually very crowded, so you can even sit down, relax and enjoy the view!!
The Chaillot Palace was built in the XVIth century by Catherine de Medicis as a pleasure house on the Chaillot hill. Henriette of England bought this castle to convert it into a convent : the Visitation convent. Then, Napol?on demolished it to engineered a palace.
During the XIXth century, it was re-built and called Trocadero Palace in reference to a battle wun against the fort of Cadix in Spain. It is on this palace that the actual Chaillot Palace was built.
The Chaillot Palace is composed of 2 wings that go down to the Seine. Between these 2 wings : the Human Rights Esplanade (where you could meet lot of skateboarders and rollerskaters). From the esplanade the view of the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars is wonderful.
The Chaillot Palace houses several museums (the Man Museum -Mus?e de l'Homme-, the Film Museum -Mus?e du Cin?ma- and the Navy Museum -Mus?e de la Marine-). Do not hesitate to visit them !