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Trocadero

A historical area that offers spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower from across the River Seine.

TravelCurious Tip

Come here at night to see the wings magnificently lit up. What’s more, on the hour you can see the Eiffel Tower’s dazzling light show from the steps.

A hub for arts and culture

The Trocadero represents an area north-west of the Seine between the Eiffel Tower and the Palais de Chaillot, which continues the direction of the Champ de Mars. It was named in the honour of the battle of Trocadero, a French victory over the Spanish Isla del Trocadero in 1823.

The original palace was built in 1867 for the world fair, the same event for which the Eiffel Tower was built some twenty-two years later - and for which the old palace was later demolished and rebuilt in 1937. The building is designed in two lengthy curvilinear arcs; the east and west wings of the palace house a theatre and the naval museum respectively.

The Palace has been an important location in modern history. One of the most iconic images of the second world war sees Hitler standing in front of the place in 1940 on his brief tour of the city he was soon to conquer. The UN also gathered here in 1948 to sign the universal declaration of human rights, and it had a stint as the headquarters of NATO.


Distinctly modern

The palace is well worth visiting as an epitome of the 1930s modernist style, for its naval and anthropological museums, the theatre and the huge gardens in front of the Eiffel Tower.

According to the main organisation representing French architects, the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, the palace ‘is more than just a reminder of its period for the capital, its monumental stamp sets a seal on the great urban and topographical composition of Paris.’


Nearby Attractions

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Place de la Concorde
One of the major public squares in the city centre, well-known for its fountains and obelisk - and its bloody history.
Musee d'Orsay
One of the world's definitive collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, installed in the former Orsay train station.
Pont Alexandre III
A deck arch bridge built in 1900. Widely regarded as the most extravagant bridge in the city
Tuileries Garden
A public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde
Musée de l'Orangerie
A gallery occupying the old orangery of the Tuileries Palace. Monet's water lilies are housed here
Rodin 'The Gates of Hell'
The plaster model in the Musée d'Orsay dates from 1917 and was inspired by the famous doors that Ghiberti had made for the baptistery in Florence.

Related Tours

By The Eiffel Tower Live Virtual Tour
On this Live Virtual Tour, you will learn first-hand what locals love about Paris from someone who knows the place inside-out.  On your tour, you will:

  • Visit Trocadero, an iconic residential neighbourhood with French noble associations, the seventh arrondissement comprises some of the most amazing gardens, eateries and markets in Paris. 
  • Enjoy a wonderful view of the capital’s most famous monument from the Champs de Mars park, a very popular location where people go for picnics, to play music, meet up, and after dark, it becomes the ideal spot to watch the tower sparkle with lights.
If heading across the Seine to Paris’ Left Bank, many visitors will automatically make a beeline for the Eiffel Tower, unaware that the surrounding area is home to a wealth of other exciting troves. An iconic residential neighbourhood with French noble associations, the seventh arrondissement comprises some of the most amazing museums, gardens, eateries and markets in Paris. That said, there's no better time to take in a stunning view of one of the world's most iconic scenes. The elevated "Troca" provides a splendid view of the Eiffel Tower, a symbol of Paris, as it's located on the opposite bank of the Seine and it's the perfect scenario to hear about its history and the importance of its location.

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