Within Paris you can find 37 bridges over the Seine River, many with interesting architectural features and most with an interesting history. The majority of they are within the central tourism area between the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, probably the most photogenic areas of Paris, likely probably 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 will take you thru the main 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 in the way of photographs. Save that to get a later time; it’s one reason to remain Paris to begin with!
Most of the large boats leave make up the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower and these boats are “huge” carrying over 300 passengers or even more. For photography my preference is definitely the smaller boats leaving from Pont Neuf that carry fewer people and don’t serve food. Get to the cruise terminal early and try to get yourself a seat in the front from the boat to find the best views. The evening light is stunning so make an effort to be on among the last river trips before sunset, this is a very photogenic time for you to be on the river.
The river Seine and its many famous bridges in Paris are memorable sites to see. Naturally, you will frequently find yourself over the Seine, because many of the favorite things to see in Paris lie on its banks; such as, the Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musee d’Orsay a great deal more.
Unlike in London, where the bridges are extremely long, you may actually find yourself utilizing the ones in Paris, because the river isn’t so wide, and since the bridges are really handy to where you stand and where you will want 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 have a meal or even a drink. The one I took was at night, and most of the sites were well lit for passengers’ enjoyment; a hostess gave a commentary over a microphone. The boat trip I took I caught below Pont Neuf, and it also 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 for the Pont Neuf.
The Petit Pont (Little Bridge) is a sentimental favorite of mine because it was just around the corner from my hotel on the rue de la Huchette and led me to the place I would usually begin my days in Paris: the cathedral Notre Dame. This bridge, dating from 1853, is in the same spot where the first bridges across the Seine were placed.
Pont Neuf (the brand new Bridge) is really a misnomer, for this is the oldest bridge on the Seine in Paris, dating back to 1607. Beneath it lies the gorgeous and romantic Square du Vert-Galant, a terrific picnic spot, as well as a place xobmso, at anytime, some 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 quite possibly the most ornate bridge in Paris, with its gilt, cherubs and lamps. It absolutely was to represent French-Russian friendship. It leads majestically to the Invalides, where Napoleon is entombed.