Within Paris there are 37 bridges over the Seine River, many with interesting architectural features and most with an interesting history. The majority of these are within the central tourism area between the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, just about 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 through the primary area of the Seine, often while sipping on wine and eating good food. I don’t recommend this food and wine habit for photography however as you will get little in the way of photographs. Save that for any later time; it’s a primary reason to be in Paris to start with!
Most of the large boats leave make up the vicinity in the Eiffel Tower and those boats are “huge” carrying upwards of 300 passengers or maybe more. For photography my preference will be the smaller boats leaving from Pont Neuf that carry fewer people and don’t serve food. Get to the cruise terminal early and attempt to get a seat in the front in the boat to get the best views. The evening light is stunning so make an effort to be on among the last river trips before sunset, it 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 visit. Naturally, you will sometimes end up across the Seine, because lots of the favorite items to see in Paris lie on its banks; like, the Louvre, the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musee d’Orsay a great deal more.
Unlike in London, where bridges are extremely long, you may actually find yourself making use of the ones in Paris, since the river isn’t so wide, and since the bridges are extremely handy to what your location is and where you will wish to go.
You can also have a boat ride on the Seine, and it’s quite romantic. There are several different boat lines serving the river. You can love a meal or perhaps a drink. The main one I took was during the 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 circled the Isle St. Louis, then went all the way to the Eiffel tower, turned around just beyond that, circled the Isle St. Louis again and returned me to the Pont Neuf.
The Petit Pont (Little Bridge) is really a sentimental favorite of mine since it was just nearby 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 within the same spot in which the first bridges over the Seine were placed.
Pont Neuf (the newest Bridge) is really a misnomer, for this is the oldest bridge within the Seine in Paris, dating back to 1607. Beneath it lies the beautiful and romantic Square du Vert-Galant, a terrific picnic spot, and a place xobmso, at anytime, some of the old-timers may be observed fishing. The bastions (rounded bow areas) from 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, featuring its gilt, cherubs and lamps. It was to represent French-Russian friendship. It leads majestically for the Invalides, where Napoleon is entombed.