Together on the banks of the River Seine

The banks of the Seine have enchanted lovers for centuries and are the perfect place for a romantic stroll.

Couple amoureux sur pont Sully | 630x405 | ©  Fotolia

Around the two romantic islands of Ile Saint Louis and Ile de la Citéthe riverbanks are perfect places to stroll with your loved one. The bridges also appeal to couples. Could it be because their arches symbolize an alliance? Or because the water flowing under them carries with it the wildest of promises? 

According to tradition, lovebirds should kiss and make a wish under the Pont Marie, nicknamed ‘lovers’ bridge’. The Pont des Arts and the Pont de l’Archevêche are also popular with couples from all over the world, who had taken to attaching a ‘love lock’ to the railings. The lock trend has now been replaced by that of taking selfies (self-portraits), less of a weight on the bridge!

Of the 37 bridges crossing the Seine, the most famous is undoubtedly the Pont Neuf, which dates back to the end of the 16th century. And don’t miss the charming Square du Vert-Galant nearby, built in honour of King Henri IV - nicknamed the ‘Vert-Galant’ (‘the Green Galant’) because of his reputation for amorous escapades.

The more recent Passerelle Léopold Sédard Senghor footbridge, joining the Musée d’Orsay and the Jardin des Tuileries, is also a favourite with loving couples.

Passerelle Léopold Sédard Senghor

Street, area of interest
Relie le Musée d'Orsay au jardin des Tuileries, Paris, 75007

Formerly named the Passerelle Solférino, the Passerelle Léopold Sédar Senghor is a bridge covered in exotic wood from Brazil......

Pont de l'Archevêché

Street, area of interest
Quai de la Tournelle, Paris, 75004

Welcome to the bridge of loving couples! The Pont de l'Archevêché, one of the narrowest bridges in Paris, is the spot for couples......

Pont des Arts - Passerelle des Arts

Street, area of interest
Relie le quai de Conti au quai des Tuileries, Paris, 75001

Also known as Passerelle des Arts, the Pont des Arts is situated between the Institut de France and the Louvre. Built between......

Pont Marie

Street, area of interest
Quai des Célestins, Paris, 75004

Louis XIII laid the first stone of this small bridge in the 4th arrondissement in 1604. Around 50 houses lined the bridge in the......

Pont Neuf

Street, area of interest
Quai des Grands Augustins - Quai de la Mégisserie, Paris, 75001

The Pont Neuf is considered to be the oldest stone bridge in Paris. Henri IV ordered it to be constructed in 1578. Twelve arches,......

Square du Vert-Galant

Park, garden, promenade
Place du Pont-Neuf, Paris, 75001

Erected in tribute to Henri IV and his numerous mistresses, the Square du Vert Galant obtained the ‘Espace vert écologique'......

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