view of paris from a plane

Seeing Paris from a plane window is always a treat. Not only is it easy to recognise some of the city’s most famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre, it’s also a great way to truly appreciate the beauty of Baron Haussmann’s stunning design of the city’s wide boulevards, epicentres and parks. On a recent flight from Amsterdam, the flight path took us directly over the heart of Paris. It was a partially cloudy day but the aerial views of Paris between the clouds were astounding.

Aerial views of Paris

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An aerial view of Paris from a plane window. The curves of the Seine River can clearly be seen. Just off the centre of the photo is the white roof of the Stade de France (stadium). In the left of the photo, the Île de la Cité (where the Notré Dame Cathedral is located) in the Seine can be seen.
The Arc de Triomphe from the air.

As we flew over Paris, the expansive Charles de Gaulles airport came into view. Moments later, the Stade de France stadium, with its distinctive white roof, in the Parisian suburb of St. Denis was unmistakable. At that moment, we were flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters or 33,000 feet. I zoomed in and took a series of pictures. It was easy to recognise the Arc de Triomphe and the network of boulevards, including the Champs-Elysée leading up to it. In the photo below, you can just about see the Arc de Triomphe, Trocadero and Eiffel Tower.

Arc de Triomphe and Trocadero/Eiffel Tower.

On another flight from Amsterdam to Barcelona, I spotted this view of Paris from the air. I zoomed in a bit for a closer look and I could clearly see the Seine river and the Île de la Cité. The broad Champs Élysée boulevard could also easily be seen, as well as the Arc du Triomphe. Just west of the boulevard, I spotted the Eiffel Tower. Can you spot these iconic landmarks in the photo below?

view of paris from a plane
Aerial view of Paris from the plane window.
Paris seen from 30,000ft. The Seine, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower can clearly be seen.

The Île de la Cité is the island in the middle of the photo. Follow the line of the Seine River upwards and you can spot the grounds of the Louvre and the Champs Élysée on the right of the river. At the top of the leftward bend of the Seine, you can see the Eiffel Tower.

As the plane flew further south, Orly Airport, Paris’ second airport, came into view.

Orly Airport can be seen in the bottom right.

Flying over Paris on a clear day is always a treat and I love trying to spot all these world-famous landmarks!

Paris from a plane window by night

Flying over Paris at night is also an amazing experience. It quickly becomes apparent why they call it the ‘City of Lights’. The sparkling mass is an incredible sight. In the photo below, look closer and you might even be able to spot the brightly lit Eiffel Tower.

aerial view paris by night
Paris by night from 30,000 feet.

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