Paris: the Seine with its bridges and footbridges

37 bridges and footbridges span the Seine, connecting the Left Bank to the Right Bank.

Pont Alexandre III, candélabres, Paris © Fotolia - rdnzl

With the exception of a few newer bridges, most of the bridges over the Seine are reminders of Paris past.

The Parisii tribe who inhabited Ile de la Cité built the first bridges in Paris, the Petit Pont and the Grand Pont, in 52 BC. Today there are 37 bridges spanning the Seine, which flows for 13 km through Paris. They make for an exceptional heritage and are a magnificent sight, by day as by night.

The Seine riverbanks – from Pont de Sully to Pont de Bir-Hakeim via Pont Alexandre III – are a UNESCO world heritage site. The best known bridges in Paris include the oldest one, Pont Neuf, the construction of which began in 1578; Pont Alexandre III, built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, Pont Marie, built to provide access to Ile Saint Louis when it began to be urbanized in the 17th century, and Pont de l'Alma, a magnet for tourists, as it is the place where Princess Diana met her tragic death in 1997.

The Pont des Arts, which connects the Institut de France to the Louvre Palace, has become a meeting place for lovers from all over the world. The most recent footbridge, the Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir, is a lens-shaped structure that was inaugurated in 2006.

Pont Neuf

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

Pont des Arts - Passerelle des Arts

Street, area of interest
Quai de Conti - Quai François Mitterrand, Paris, 75006

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

Passerelle Léopold Sédard Senghor

Street, area of interest
Musée d'Orsay - 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 Alexandre III

Street, area of interest
Cours la Reine - Quai d'Orsay, Paris, 75008

Inaugurated on the occasion of the 1900 Universal Exhibition and classed as a historic monument, the Pont Alexandre III is one of......

Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir

Street, area of interest
Quai de Bercy - Quai François Mauriac, Paris, 75012

Only open to green transport, the footbridge presents a modern design with a lenticular structure. Its five spans cross the......

Pont Royal

Street, area of interest
Quai François Mitterrand - Quai Anatole France, Paris, 75001

From the beginning of the 17th century, several efforts were made to link the Louvre and boulevard Saint-Germain by a pedestrian......

Pont au Double

Street, area of interest
Promenade Maurice Carême - Quai de Montebello, Paris, 75004

In the 17th century, this bridge linked two sections of the "Hôtel Dieu" hospital. Its name derives from the toll levied by the......

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Street, area of interest
Quai Branly - Avenue de New York, Paris, 75015

The Pont de Bir-Hakeim is a two-level bridge built in the early 20th century. The upper level is used by metro line 6, while the......

Pont Marie

Street, area of interest
Quai des Célestins - Quai de Bourbon, 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 de la Tournelle

Street, area of interest
Quai de la Tournelle - Rue des Deux Ponts, Paris, 75005

A bridge in stone was built in 1656 on the site of a wooden bridge that had been demolished in 1918 with a view to improving the......

Pont de l'Archevêché

Street, area of interest
Quai de la Tournelle - Quai de l'Archevêché, Paris, 75005

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 Charles de Gaulle

Street, area of interest
Quai d'Austerlitz - Quai de la Rapée, Paris, 75013

Since the beginning of the 1980s, the south-east area of Paris has been undergoing tremendous changes (construction of the Palais......

Pont de l'Alma

Street, area of interest
Place de l'Alma - Quai Branly, Paris, 75008

Built in 1854 on the orders of Napoleon III, the Pont de l’Alma is situated in the western part of Paris. It became a household......