Within Paris you will find 37 bridges over the Seine River, many with interesting architectural features and most with an interesting history. The bulk of they are in the central tourism area between the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, just about the most photogenic areas of Paris, likely just about the most photogenic cities in the world!
Perhaps the best way to see and photograph the bridges of Paris is from the Seine River itself. Countless river cruises is going to take you thru the key part of the Seine, often while sipping on wine and eating good food. I don’t recommend this food and wine habit for photography however because you will get little when it comes to photographs. Save that to get a later time; it’s one of the reasons to stay in Paris to start with!
The majority of the large boats leave form the vicinity in the Eiffel Tower which boats are “huge” carrying in excess of 300 passengers or more. For photography my preference is definitely the smaller boats leaving from Pont Neuf that carry fewer people and don’t serve food. Arrive at the cruise terminal early and attempt to obtain a seat at the front from the boat for the best views. The evening light is stunning so make an effort to be on one of the last river trips before sunset, it is a very photogenic time to be on the river.
The river Seine as well as its many famous bridges in Paris are memorable sites to go to. Naturally, you will often discover youself to be across the Seine, because many of the favorite items to see in Paris lie on its banks; including, the Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musee d’Orsay a great deal more.
Unlike in London, where bridges are so long, you may find yourself utilizing the ones in Paris, because the river isn’t so wide, and furthermore, as the bridges are so handy to where you stand and where you are going to wish to go.
You can also take a boat ride on the Seine, and it’s quite romantic. There are some different boat lines serving the river. You can love a meal or even a drink. Usually the one I took was during the night, and lots of the sites were well lit for passengers’ enjoyment; a hostess gave a commentary spanning a microphone. The boat trip I took I caught below Pont Neuf, plus it circled the Isle St. Louis, then went up to the Eiffel tower, turned around just beyond that, circled the Isle St. Louis once again and returned me to the Pont Neuf.
The Petit Pont (Little Bridge) is a sentimental favorite of mine as it was just nearby from my hotel on the rue de la Huchette and led me towards the place I would usually begin my days in Paris: the cathedral Notre Dame. This bridge, dating from 1853, is incorporated in the same spot in which the first bridges over the Seine were placed.
Pont Neuf (the newest Bridge) is a misnomer, for it will be the oldest bridge within the Seine in Paris, dating back to 1607. Beneath it lies the gorgeous and romantic Square du Vert-Galant, a terrific picnic spot, and a place xobmso, at anytime, a few of the old-timers may be observed fishing. The bastions (rounded bow areas) in the bridge provide it with its charm and uniqueness.
Pont Alexandre III (named for Tsar Alexander of Russia) is probably the most ornate bridge in Paris, with its gilt, cherubs and lamps. It was to represent French-Russian friendship. It leads majestically towards the Invalides, where Napoleon is entombed.