Whether you are staying on the right or left bank of the Seine, the magnificent bridges in Paris allow not only easy transportation from one side of the city to the other, but also incredible photo-worthy views. Here is our INSIDR team’s top 5 most beautiful bridges in Paris.
PONT DE BIR-HAKEIM
As featured in the famous action-film Inception, the Pont de Bir-Hakeim crossing the Seine not far from the Eiffel Tower is one of the most intricate bridges in Paris. Made completely of steel, the Bir-Hakeim is not only a beautiful bridge in itself to explore, but the view from the bridge of Eiffel Tower in-between the columns of the bridge is breathtaking.
Also featured in a well-known film, in the final scene in Midnight in Paris, Pont Alexandre-III brings you from Invalides in the 7th arrondissement over to in-between the Grand and Petit Palais’ in the 8th arrondissement. This bridge is arguably one of the most beautiful and extravagant bridges in the entirety of the city for the physical architecture of the bridge itself. The art nouveau style lamps and golden sculptures atop the monumental columns make this bridge unlike any of the others in Paris. It is probably for this reason that many bars, restaurants and even nightclubs are below this bridge. The bar/restaurants Faust and Rosa Bonheur sur Seine are some of our favorite spots to relax and even take in the view of this magnificent bridge.
PONT DES ARTS
The famous Pont des Arts, or more well-known as the “Love Lock Bridge” is still, even without the locks today, one of the most beautiful bridges in the city. The bridge crosses from the Institut de France to the Musée du Louvre, both sites worth visiting on their own in addition to the view of these sites from the bridge.
PASSERELE LÉOPOLD- SEDAR SENGHOR
The Passerele Léopold transports you from the Musée d’Orsay to the Tuleries Gardens, in more ways than one. What makes this bridge so unique is that it has two layers, and you can walk either below, under others, or above, as a normal bridge. Walking across the lower part of the bridge brings you closer to the Seine for a unique stroll in Paris.
Pont Neuf, ironically the oldest bridge in Paris, has a long history. Plans for the bridge began in 1550 by Henri II, but was not completed until 1606 to be inaugurated by Henri IV (whose statute stands on the bridge today). This bridge was once an additional housing location for Parisians. It was also a spot for the bourgeoise to stroll across the bridge and be seen. Nowadays, the bridge is freed of the houses and allows viewers a clear view of the city, down the Seine in both directions.