Paris is defined by River Seine’s two flanks – the Left and Right. There is so much to see in the city that nobody can afford to stay in only one flank. This is where bridges come in handy. You just stand on one side, gape at a distance and see the iconic structures of the city spread far and wide. Thankfully, there are 37 bridges that cross-cross the Seine and connect the left and right sides of Paris city. The bridges here are as gorgeous as these are functional. Several bridges are picturesque destinations themselves, so the best way to see some bridges is to stand on others and look towards the former’s direction.
Pont Alexandre III
This bridge is named after the tsar of Russia, Alexander III. It adjoins the Champs-Élysées avenue on the Right Bank with the “Les Invalides”, a complex of tall buildings, on the Left. The bridge was constructed in the Belle Époque era. The Pont Alexandre III’s architecture has columns, which are placed on all corners of the bridge with statues presiding over each side. Much like many other landmarks in the City of Lights, the Pont Alexandre III was also built as part of the 1900 Exposition Universelle (Universal Exposition).
The oldest existing bridge in Paris is also one of the world’s most popular locations. Its construction started way back in 1578, but the interesting fact is that the French word “neuf” means “new”. To see the Eiffel Tower, you need to go elsewhere. The best place to see the Iron Lady is from the Esplanade du Trocadéro. Likewise, you can get a picturesque view of Pont Neuf with both sides of Paris dotted at a distant backdrop only from the next bridge in this list.
Pont des Arts
This pedestrian bridge connects the Institut de France and the Louvre Museum. It offers one of the scenic views of Paris. It is fondly called the “lover’s bridge” because lovers used to attach padlocks to its rails and dump the keys into the Seine River. However, that is a past custom, which stopped since the removal of the padlocks from it. Still, the nickname stays. From Pont des Arts, you can get views of both Pont Neuf and Île de la Cité.
Besides the bridges mentioned above, there are 35 others for you to see when on Paris tours.