Within Paris you can 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, probably the most photogenic areas of Paris, likely probably the most photogenic cities in the world!
Perhaps the simplest way to see and photograph the bridges of Paris comes from the Seine River itself. Countless river cruises is going to take you thru the main 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 when it comes to photographs. Save that to get a later time; it’s one reason to be in Paris in the first place!
A lot of the large boats leave make up the vicinity in the Eiffel Tower and those boats are “huge” carrying over 300 passengers or maybe 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 try to get a seat in front from the boat to get the best views. The evening light is stunning so attempt to be on one of the last river trips before sunset, it is a very photogenic time for you to be on the river.
The river Seine along with its many famous bridges in Paris are memorable sites to go to. Naturally, you will often find yourself across 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 and so much more.
Unlike in the uk, where the bridges are really long, you may find yourself utilizing the ones in Paris, since the river isn’t so wide, and since the bridges are so handy to where you stand and where you will desire to go.
You can also take a boat ride on the Seine, and it’s quite romantic. There are several different boat lines serving the river. You can enjoy a meal or a drink. The main one I took was at nighttime, and many 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, and it also circled the Isle St. Louis, then went all the way to the Eiffel tower, turned around just beyond that, circled the Isle St. Louis once more and returned me towards the Pont Neuf.
The Petit Pont (Little Bridge) is actually a sentimental favorite of mine because 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 incorporated in the same spot in which the first bridges throughout the Seine were placed.
Pont Neuf (the brand new Bridge) is actually a misnomer, for it is the oldest bridge on 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 seen 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, featuring its gilt, cherubs and lamps. It had been to represent French-Russian friendship. It leads majestically towards the Invalides, where Napoleon is entombed.