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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.
‘Bal du Moulin de la Galette’
This Renoir work is one of Impressionism's most celebrated masterpieces, depicting romantic bourgeois Paris in the 1870s.
'Card Players'
This peaceful Cézanne painting is one of the Post-Impressionist’s most enduring works.
'Houses of Parliament'
A superlative example of the Impressionist style developed by Claude Monet, depicting the world in a way that no camera ever could.
Les Berges River Path
A pedestrianised recreation pathway along the river's edge

Related Tours

VIP Paris: Explore Paris in Half a Day by Private Car Tour
Experience Paris’ key sights and neighbourhoods on this relaxing private car tour. With your own guide and car, you will have the flexibility to focus on the things that you find most interesting. Stop off at your leisure and enjoy your tour in comfort without worrying about the weather or the queues. 

  • See the best that Paris has to offer with your own private car and expert guide.
  • Cruise past Champs ElyséesPlace de la Concorde and Notre Dame.
  • See the Arc de TriompheOpera GarnierPlace Venôme and the Musée d’Orsay.
  • Stop off at Dôme des Invalides and see Napoleon’s tomb.
  • Stop by the Louvre (outside) and get the best views of the Eiffel Tower.
  • End your tour with a wander through bohemian, picturesque Montmartre.
  • Car pick-up and drop-off from a place of your choice.

Start at the iconic Arc de Triomphe, a monument to those who fought and died during the Revolution and Napoleonic Wars and visit the Champs Elysées (end-point of Tour de France) and Opera Garnier (‘Phantom of the Opera’.) Next, see Place Vendôme (featuring a monument to commemorate the victory at Austerlitz in 1805), Place de la Concorde (the largest square in the city), the famous Louvre museum and the beautiful Musée d’Orsay, before visiting Napoleon’s tomb. Explore the wonders of the Latin Quarter and stand in awe of the gothic masterpiece that is Notre Dame CathedralTake in the outside beauty of Sainte Chapelle (featuring the most impressive stain glass windows in the world). Then, visit the quintessentially French Trocadero where you will have the opportunity to snap some beautiful photos and catch some great views of the world famous Eiffel Tower.

To conclude this epic tour of the great city of Paris you will take a short walk to Montmartre: one of the most colourful and bohemian neighbourhoods, where you will learn more about the fascinating life and works of Renoir, Picasso, Gauguin, and Van Gogh, all of whom lived and worked here. The perfect way to experience the city if you have limited time, and also a great way to find out what to focus on for the rest of your trip. 

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