Romantic waterside strolls

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

Couple bords de Seine pont des Arts et Académie Française

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’Archevêché, located behind the Louvre and Notre-Dame respectively, are also popular with couples from all over the world.

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.

Couple bords de Seine nuit © Fred via Unsplash

Hand-in-hand along the towpath

Even though the Seine is the iconic river of the City of Lights, Paris offers other possibilities for a romantic waterside stroll! The Canal Saint-Martin for exampleis the perfect place for a different kind of walk through old Paris. With its locks and swing bridges, it is a magnet for anyone interested in the authentic Paris of times gone by. It was also used as a location in the film Amélie.

More information Discovering the islands of Paris and Paris: the Seine with its bridges and footbridges

Passerelle Léopold Sédard Senghor

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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 de l'Archevêché

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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 des Arts - Passerelle des Arts

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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......

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 Neuf

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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,......

Canal Saint-Martin

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Quai de Jemmapes, Paris, 75010

Extending over 4.5 km, of which 2 are underground, the canal has linked the Port de l’Arsenal to the La Villette canal basin......