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, probably the most photogenic areas of Paris, likely one of 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 portion of the Seine, often while sipping on wine and eating good food. I don’t recommend this food and wine habit for photography however since you will get little in the way of photographs. Save that to get a later time; it’s one of the reasons to be in Paris to start with!
Most of the large boats leave make up the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower which boats are “huge” carrying upwards of 300 passengers or maybe more. For photography my preference is the smaller boats leaving from Pont Neuf that carry fewer people and don’t serve food. Reach the cruise terminal early and try to obtain a seat in front in the boat for the best views. The evening light is stunning so make an effort to be on among the last river trips before sunset, this can be a very photogenic time for you to be on the river.
The river Seine as well as its many famous bridges in Paris are memorable sites to see. Naturally, you will sometimes find yourself along the Seine, because lots of the favorite items 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 bridges are so long, you may actually find yourself making use of the ones in Paris, as the river isn’t so wide, and since the bridges are so handy to where you stand and where you are likely to 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 enjoy a meal or perhaps 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 more than a microphone. The boat trip I took I caught below Pont Neuf, plus 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 once more and returned me towards the Pont Neuf.
The Petit Pont (Little Bridge) is actually a sentimental favorite of mine as it was just nearby from my hotel on the rue de la Huchette and led me for the place I might usually begin my days in Paris: the cathedral Notre Dame. This bridge, dating from 1853, is within the same spot where the first bridges over the Seine were placed.
Pont Neuf (the newest Bridge) is a misnomer, for it will be 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, a few 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 was to represent French-Russian friendship. It leads majestically for the Invalides, where Napoleon is entombed.