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Top 10 Bridges of Paris

Updated on December 1, 2010

The Bridges of Paris are remarkable. The effect of light on water will always be a sight that captivates the eye, and more notably in the City of Lights, where the Seine is lit up by night by the twinkling reflection of the grand and beautiful feats of architecture that line its banks.

Visit the Top 10 Bridges of Paris for sights to make your heart melt. (Image: Pont Iena - kyleslattery.com)

Top 10 Bridges of Paris

Pont Alexandre III (chuckwilliamsjr.com)
Pont Alexandre III (chuckwilliamsjr.com)

Pont Alexandre III

Built between 1896 and 1900, this bridge is a mix of gold, pomp and lustre, decorated with Art Nouveau lamps, making it the grandest of bridges to span the Seine. It's named after Tsar Alexander III, after the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1892 with the first foundation stone laid by his son Nicholas II. A stroll along this bridge is a day out in itself - stretching from the gold domed Invalides, across the Seine with sights of the Eiffel Tower and past the opulent Grand Palais and Petit Palais, going up the the Champs Elysees (there's even a swanky nightclub under the bridge called Showcase!)

Access: Metro Invalides (Lines 8, 13 and RER C)

Pont Neuf (johnbrody.smugmug.com)
Pont Neuf (johnbrody.smugmug.com)

Pont Neuf

The oldest bridge in Paris (in its original form but restored since 1607) and probably the best bridge to have a romantic cuddle on, thanks to the spectacular view of the Institut de France, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower which glows in the distance. On the end of this bridge is the famous Art Nouveau department store, Samaritaine, currently closed down.

Access: Metro Pont Neuf (Line 7)

Pont des Arts (onlyphotos.org)
Pont des Arts (onlyphotos.org)

Pont des Arts

Considered the most romantic bridge of Paris, this has become the location where lovers declare their eternal love for each other by writing their names on a padlock and locking it to the bridge. It's a pedestrianised bridge that connects the Louvre to the Institut de France. During warmer months, it's a popular picnic spot giving a gorgeous view of the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, Ile de la Cite and more.

Access: Metro Louvre Rivoli (Line 1)

Pont Carrousel (Flickr.com)
Pont Carrousel (Flickr.com)

Pont du Carrousel

Taking you from the Left Bank, this bridge leads you towards the magical Carrousel du Louvre, which lies between the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens. From the Carrousel du Louvre you have the most wonderful view, standing in front of The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, you'll have the Louvre behind you and ahead of you a breathtaking, uninterrupted view right down through the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde and up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and the Grand Arche at La Defense - at nighttime, it really is the most beautiful sight, oh and the Eiffel Tower will be glistening on your left also...perfect.

Access: Metro Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre (Lines 1, 7)

View of Pont Grenelle from Pont Mirabeau (meet99.com)
View of Pont Grenelle from Pont Mirabeau (meet99.com)

Pont de Grenelle

Pont de Grenelle connects the 15th and 16th districts of Paris and is the site where the replica of the Statue of Liberty stands on Ile des Cygnes. It was given to Paris by the Parisian community of New york to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. The statue faces west towards it's counterpart and the inscription on the tablet reads V Juillet 1776 = XIV Juillet 1789, celebrating both the French Revolution and American Independence Day.

Access: Metro Charles Micheles (Line 10)

Pont Mirabeau (fromparis.com/)
Pont Mirabeau (fromparis.com/)

Pont Mirabeau

This green bridge spans across the Seine just after Pont de Grenelle and has a perfect view of the Statue of Liberty with the Eiffel Tower towering behind it. Built between 1895 and 1897, this was the largest and highest bridge during the time of its construction and behold 4 allegorical statues representing the 'City of Paris', 'Navigation', 'Commerce', and 'Abundance'. These statues are placed on either side of the bridge on the two piles of the bridge which represent two boats.

Access: Metro Javel-Andre Citroen (Line 10) / Javel (RER C)

Pont de l'Alma (lynette.over-blog.com)
Pont de l'Alma (lynette.over-blog.com)

Pont de l'Alma

This bridge is named after the Battle of Alma where the Franco-British alliance were victorious over the Russians in 1854. There's a statue on the bridge which also pays tribute to the Zouave soldiers who faught for the French. This bridge was completely reconstructed in the 70s to carry the weight of the daily traffic and just nearby lies the Flame of Liberty, which has become the unofficial memorial for Princess Diana, as the fatal car crash occurred in the tunnel just under this bridge.

Access: Metro Pont de l'Alma (RER C)

View of Notre Dame and Pont de la Tournelle (essential-architecture.com)
View of Notre Dame and Pont de la Tournelle (essential-architecture.com)

Pont de la Tournelle

Originally built in the middle ages, this bridge suffered over the centuries, especially during the flood of 1910. It was finally rebuilt in 1928 and is what it is today. At one end you'll find the famous restaurant La Tour d'Argent, founded in 1582 and on the other, Ile de la Cite. This bridge provides a fantastic view of the back of Notre Dame, where you really get to examine the intricacies of this feat of architecture - best seen at nightfall. On the bridge you'll find the statue of the patron saint of Paris, St. Genevieve.

Access: Metro Pont Marie (Line 7)

Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir (bmykey.com)
Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir (bmykey.com)

Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir

The most modern bridge in Paris, inaugurated in 2006, joins the 12th and 13th districts of Paris and is purely for the use of pedestrians and cyclists. This bridge will lead you into the site of Biblioteque Mitterand, one of the few modern national buildings in Paris.

Access: Metro Quai de la Gare (Line 5)

(worldgallery.co.uk)
(worldgallery.co.uk)

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