Paris bridges 

While we visit Paris to see those iconic landmarks, it would be remiss not to take in the beauty of the many bridges over the Seine. Whether you walk across them, take a bus or sail under on a cruise, you will be awed by each and every one. In fact there are 37 bridges and footbridges spanning the Seine, connecting the Left and Right banks of the river.

Paris bridges 

Paris bridges - Pont Neuf

Here are just a few that we saw and photographed on our visit.

Pont Neuf – Spanning the Seine for over 400 years, Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris (constructed in 1578-1607) and links the Left bank to the Ile de la Cite to the Right bank.

Paris bridges - Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf has over 800 sculpted masks featuring statues of ancient mythology deities as well as satyrs and sylvains.

Paris bridges - Pont Neuf

Pont Alexandre III – this is probably the most ornate bridge across the Seine close to the Champs Elysee. With its art nouveau lamps, ornate balustrades and statues of cherubs and nymphs, you will find so many photographic opportunities here.

Paris bridges - Alexandre III

As well as walking across this bridge, go to the sides and take photos of the balustrades with their amazing statues.

Paris bridges - Alexandre III

Then look up to the golden winged horsemen at the end of the bridge.

Paris bridges - Alexandre III

Paris bridges - Alexandre III

Pont des Arts – Couples used to attach engraved “love locks” to the railings of the bridge, then throw the key into the Seine below, as a romantic gesture and a commitment to their love.

Paris bridges - Pon des Arts

As of 2015, over a million locks weighing approximately 45 tons were cut from the bridge due to safety reasons. We were lucky to have visited just before this happened. As this is a pedestrian bridge, take the time to sit on the seats of the bridge and take in the views.

Petit Pont, meaning little bridge connects the Ile de la cite to the Left Bank and is one of the oldest bridges in Paris. This bridge features quite a lot when people take that iconic photo of the Notre Dame.

Paris bridges - Petit Pont

Pont de la Tournelle – Originally built in the 1600’s, this present bridge was built in 1928.  Consisting of a grand central arch that links the riverbanks via two smaller arches.

Paris bridges - Tournelle

The tall pylon at one end supports the statue of St Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris. From the bank, this bridge provides a most pleasing view of Paris.

Paris bridges - Tournelle

Pont au Double – the original bridge built in 1515 was used to carry patients to the hospital on the Ile de la Cite. However the latest one-arch cast-iron bridge dating back to 1883 is quite photogenic.

Paris bridges - Pont Double

Paris bridges - Pont Double

Pont de l’Archeveche – Also known as the Archbishops bridge, it is more well-known as the Lovers Bridge. It was the narrowest road bridge in Paris. Today the lovers locks have also been removed from this bridge.

Paris bridges - Pont L'Archeveche

Paris bridges - Pont L'Archeveche

Paris bridges - Pont L'Archeveche

Pont d’lēna – Also known as the Jena, this bridge leads you to the Eiffel Tower. Whichever way to walk, you have magnificent views of the Eiffel Tower, the Seine and the Trocadero Palace with its fountains. In saying this it is often crowded with pedestrians.

Paris bridges - Pont D'Iena

Pont de Bir-Hakeim is a steel two-level bridge – one for motor vehicles and pedestrians, and the other for the Metro trains. Stone monuments adorn the bridge.

Paris bridges - Pont Bir-Hakeim

Behind this bridge you will see the pedestrian footbridge, Passerella Debilly which was built for the 1900 World Trade Fair.

Paris bridges - Passerella Debilly

Pont des Invalides – replacing the original suspension bridge, this masonry arch bridge was built in 1855. It is adorned with sculptures in two allegorical themes – the Land Victory and the Maritime Victory.

Paris bridges - Pont des Invalides

Pont du Carrousel – built in 1821, this three-arch concrete bridge faces the Louvre. At one end you will find the statue of Louis Petitot.

Paris bridges - Pont du Carrousel

Paris bridges - Pont du Carrousel

Pont de Sully – the current bridge was constructed in 1876 is actually two bridges.  The southern part consists of three cast-iron arches while the northern part over the narrower arm of the river consists of one centre cast iron arch and two masonry arches. It is two of the more graceful bridges spanning the Seine. Great to view the underneath from a boat.

Paris bridges - Pont de Sully

With a backdrop of beautiful Paris buildings, this is postcard perfect.

Paris bridges - Pont de Sully

The night view of this bridge is also pretty good.

Paris bridges - Pont de Sully

Pont au Change – the current bridge was built in 1858 during the reign of Napoleon III and bears his imperial insignia. The bridge also featured in the novel Les Miserables where Javert throws himself into the Seine.

Paris bridges - Pont au Change

Canal St Martin – This canal feeds into the Seine River.

Paris - Canal St Martin

What was once a working-class neighbourhood in the 19th century, it is now frequented by young people eager to gather for picnics, listen to music or visit the many cafes and quirky boutiques in the area.

Paris - Canal St Martin

You can also cross the canal on the various footbridges.

Paris - Canal St Martin

Walking along the Seine offers a perfect Paris moment with the many stalls selling books, postcards and paintings.

Paris - along the Seine

Most bridges have steps leading down to the water’s edge. Many people take advantage of the walking paths to exercise, enjoy the views or just sit and watch life go by. Not a bad spot to be.

Paris - along the Seine

Paris - along the Seine

Paris - along the Seine

Cruise on the River Seine – one of the most iconic things you can do in Paris is to take a cruise along the Seine. You also get to see the bridges from a different perspective.

Lasting around an hour, you can get great views of the most iconic attractions that Paris has to offer – the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre, as well as the Musee D’Orsay.

Paris - Cruising on the Seine

Paris - Cruising on the Seine

We chose late afternoon as the sun was setting and that was a great choice. It really is such a romantic feel, floating along under all those bridges surrounded by some of the most beautiful architecture. In fact, the journey is one long feast of the Paris we love so much.

Paris - Cruising on the Seine

Paris - Cruising on the Seine

Paris - Cruising on the Seine

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Paris - the happy snapper

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