Most people use the esplanade of the Trocadero as a viewpoint to the Eiffel Tower, but it does have it's own merits and photgraphic qualities. The building itself only dates from 1937 when the old Trocadero palace was pulled down and renamed Palais de Chaillot, but the large pool at the end of the garden remains virtually the same since 1867, although the garden itself was relaid at the same time as the building. The "Palais" houses also the Ethnological museum and the Naval museum. Also below the esplanade is the National Museum of French monuments and the entrance to the Chaillot theatre.
Warning - There is a problem of pick-pockets in the area so be warned. The sellers of trinkets and plastic Eiffel towers are completely harmless and friendly, no risk with them at all.
Closest metro is Trocadero.
If you, like me, are not interested in going up the Eiffel tower, you can come here and have a great view of it, at a certain distance.
The centerpiece of the gardens is the famaous Warsaw fountain.
There are also a number of statues to be admired, bronze and stone statues.
Curiosity, this is the only place in Paris where I have been bothered by street sellers.
There always seems to be a festive atmosphere up on the roof of the Chaillot Theater, where people from all over the world come to look at the Eiffel Tower.
This roof is often referred to as the Esplanade du Trocadéro, but its official name is le Parvis des Libertés et des Droits de l’Homme (Square of Liberties and Human Rights). This name was given in 1986 on the initiative of the President of the Republic, François Mitterrand, to commemorate the fact that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed here at an assembly of the United Nations in December 1948.
Second photo: The Palais de Chaillot is a large, unattractive building in the simple-minded style of the 1930s. To me it looks similar to some of the Nazi buildings that were built in Germany in the same decade. (See my review Two schools under one roof on my Braunschweig page.)
Third and fourth photos: People on the roof. Note that there are no cars in any of these pictures. That in itself is an enhancement of the festive atmosphere, since it is such a relief not to be harassed by cars for a few minutes.
Fifth photo: This is where people come to take those funny photos of each other leaning on the Eiffel Tower or pushing it over. This girl had to pose for two or three minutes until her friend had found just the right angle for the photo.
Address: Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, Paris 75016
Directions: Vélib’ 16014
Métro Trocadéro, lines 6 and 9
Location, aerial view and photos on monumentum.fr
Next: Palais de Chaillot
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.
Usually referred to as simply "the Trocadero" this renowned square was built on the hill of Chaillot which once was a village situated on the outskirts of Paris in the 16 eme.
The huge sprawling builing which dominates the square is the Palais de Chaillot (mark 2). The original Palais which was built for the World's Fair in the latter part of the nineteenth century was demolished and replaced with the new building in about 1937. The complex is home to an aquarium which is open to the public and to a maritime museum amongst other things.
The main claim to fame of the Place du Trocadero is that it is considered to be the best vantage point to view the Eiffel Tower which is situated across the Seine right opposite. Similarly the best view of the Place du Trocadero is from atop the Eiffel Tower.
"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.