7 Beautiful Bridges in Paris You Have To See

Beautiful bridges in Paris

There are many gorgeous bridges in Paris you have to see when you’re traveling to the city.

When you’re going to explore Paris and the city’s incredible landmarks and museums, there’s no doubt you’ll cross some of the bridges in the city. These bridges aren’t only convenient as they help you get to the other side of the Seine, but they are also very beautiful and definitely worth looking at.

Some bridges have a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower, some have a great history and some are just gorgeous to see. These are the Paris bridges you shouldn’t miss out on!

Pont d’Iéna

Pont d’Iéna is a bridge in front of the Eiffel Tower. it connects the area of Trocaderó with the Eiffel Tower.

The bridge was opened in 1814 and was ordered to be built by Napoleon I. It has a length of about 155 meters and is an arch bridge.

Eiffel Tower view from Pont d'Iéna
View of the Eiffel Tower from Pont d’Iéna

It gets its name, “Pont d’Iéna” or “Jena Bridge”, from the Battle of Jena, which was a battle that took place in 1806 and during which the French Empire won.

Because of its location in front of the Eiffel Tower, it is also a popular photo location in Paris. You can also go down the stairs next to the bridge for a view of the Eiffel Tower without a crowd in front of you.

Pont Alexandre III

Pont Alexandre III is one of the most beautiful bridges in Paris that was built in the Beaux-Arts style. The bridge features beautiful golden sculptures on both sides as well as other beautiful decorations.

People on Pont Alexandre III
People walking on Pont Alexandre III

Pont Alexandre III is situated directly in front of Les Invalides and Esplanades des Invalides. On the other end of the bridge, you can find Petit Palais and Grand Palais. When you want to go from the Champs-Élysées to Les Invalides, or the neighborhood of Gros-Caillou, this is the bridge that you will cross.

Large sculpture at Pont Alexandre III
Sculpture at Pont Alexandre III

The bridge has a total length of 160 meters and was built at the end of the 19th century. The bridge is named for Tsar Alexander III.

Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Pont de Bir-Hakeim, the westernmost bridge on this Paris bridges list, can be found to the west of the Eiffel Tower.

People walking on Pont de Bir-Hakeim with a view of the Eiffel Tower
View of the Eiffel Tower from Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Pont de Bir-Hakeim is an arch bridge that has a total length of 237 meters, which makes it one of the longest bridges in the city. It connects the 16th and 15th arrondissements.

Pont de Bir-Hakeim offers an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower, and there are many spots on the bridge that are great for photography.

There are many aspects of the bridge that make it unique.

First of all, the bridge is part of line 6 of the Paris Métro. You can ride the metro across the bridge and take in a beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower from the railcar.

Eiffel Tower view from Pont de Bir-Hakeim
View of the Eiffel Tower from Pont de Bir-Hakeim

Another unique aspect of the bridge is that it has a dedicated bicycle lane in the center of it that is covered.

Pont de Bir-Hakeim was also used as a film location for the movie Inception.

Passerelle Debilly

Passerelle Debilly is a footbridge that is located close to the Eiffel Tower. It was constructed in 1900 for foot traffic of the 1900 World’s Fair.

Passerelle Debilly in front of the Eiffel Tower
View of Passerelle Debilly

The bridge has a total length of 125 meters and a width of 8 meters, and it is made from metal.

Passerelle Debilly was named for General Jean Louis Debilly, who was a general who was killed in the Battle of Jena in the year 1806.

From the bridge, you can get a view of the Eiffel Tower, which looks incredible, especially in the morning when the sun goes up, so I recommend going to the bridge at that time.

It connects the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, the modern art museum of Paris, with the Eiffel Tower area.

Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor

Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor is anotehr footbridge that crosses the Seine. The bridge connects the Jardin des Tuileries with the Left Bank of the Seine.

View of Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor
Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor

When you want to go from Jardin des Tuileries, or nearby places, such as Place de la Concorde of the Louvre, to Musée d’Orsay, this is a bridge that you can use.

It is one of the newest bridges in the city, as it opened in 1999. It is made from metal and wood.

Person climbing the stairs of Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor
Person walking on Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor

The bridge has a unique design with two levels. It is possible to go across the bridge from the street level of Quai des Tuileries as well as from the level of the river banks.

Pont des Arts

Pont des Arts is a footbridge for which the construction started in 1981. There was already another bridge before this one, which was a nine-arch bridge that was constructed at the start of the 19th century when Napoleon I ruled France.

View of Pont des Arts
Pont des Arts in Paris

The current bridge has an iconic design with seven arches, and it has a total length of 155 meters.

Pont des Arts was a film location for various TV series and movies. For example, a scene in the movie Now You See Me was filmed on the bridge.

You can use the bridge to cross the Seine River when you want to go from the Louvre to the Institut de France and other places on the Left Bank.

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris and it was constructed at the end of the 16th century. You can find the bridge next to Pont des Arts.

View of Pont Neuf
Pont Neuf

It is made from stone and consists of various short arch bridges. Moreover, Pont Neuf consists of two parts as it spans the river from the Right Bank to Île de la Cité, which is an island where you can find the Notre-Dame and other landmarks, and from Île de la Cité to the Left Bank.

When you cross Pont Neuf, I recommend checking out Place Dauphine as well. This is a beautiful square on Île de la Cité where you can find various restaurants, cafes, and stores.

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This was my list of the most beautiful bridges in Paris. I hope you liked it!