Top 10 Most Beautiful Bridges of Paris

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No less than 37 bridges span the Seine, the river that separates the Left and Right banks of Paris. The river banks have been listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site since 1991. Here are our top 10 favourite bridges…


Among the 37 bridges spanning the Seine in Paris, five of them are pedestrianised and two are rail bridges (métro and RER). Ten of them caught our attention:

1. Pont de la Tournelle

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The first bridge built on the site was completed in 1620. The present-day bridge dates from 1928. A tall pylon flanks the bridge, topped by a statue of St. Geneviève, the Patron Saint of Paris. It links the Left Bank to the peaceful Île Saint-Louis.


2. Pont Marie

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Built in 1670, the bridge is one of the oldest in Paris. It links the Right Bank to the Île Saint-Louis.


3. Pont au Double

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There has been a bridge spanning the river on the site from 1626. The latest version, a single arch cast-iron bridge, dates from 1883.


4. Pont au Change

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Linking the Île de la Cité to the Right Bank, the first version of the bridge dated to the 9th Century. It was rebuilt several times since and the current bridge dates from 1860. It bears the initials of Emperor Napoleon III.


5. Pont Neuf

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The Pont-Neuf (literally New Bridge) is actually the oldest of all the bridges of Paris. Designed in 1607, it crosses the west tip of the Île de la Cité.

Read more about Pont-Neuf.


6. Pont des Arts

The footbridge offers one of the most romantic views of Paris. In the distance the Île de la Cité can be seen and the medieval-looking bridge of Pont-Neuf which links the Right and Left banks.


7. Pont Alexandre III

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The bridge named after the Tsar of Russia was built during the Belle Époque and connects the Invalids to the Grand and Petit Palais.

Find out more about Pont Alexandre III.


8. Passerelle Debilly

This pedestrianised built in 1900 and listed as a Historic Monument looks like a mini-version of the Sydney bridge! It offers spectacular views over the Eiffel Tower.


9. Pont d’Iéna

Listed as a Historic Monument, the bridge dates from 1814. It is very famous for its remarkable position, linking the Trocadéro to the Eiffel Tower and Champ-de-Mars.


10. Pont de Bir-Hakeim

The particularity of the double-decked bridge from 1878 and 1905 is that it was designed for both road and métro traffic.

Find out more about Pont de Bir-Hakeim.


English-French Vocabulary

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(f) for féminin, (m) for masculin and (v) for verbs

  • bank = quai (m)
  • bridge = pont (m)
  • island = île (f)
  • Left Bank = Rive Gauche (f)
  • monument = monument (m)
  • Right Bank = Rive Droite (f)
  • river = rivière (f)
  • to span = traverser (v)
  • World Heritage Site = Site du Patrimoine Mondial (m)

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About Author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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