The 5 most beautiful bridges in Paris
1) Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir
The Simone de Beauvoir footbridge was designed by architect Dietmar Feichtingher and inaugurated in 2006. It connects the forecourt of the François Mitterand library on the left bank with parc de Bercy on the right bank.
2) Pont Neuf
Contrary to its name, Pont Neuf (the new bridge) is actually the oldest bridge in Paris. Built in the 16th century, this was the first stone bridge that crossed the entire width of the Seine, connecting the left bank, the right bank and the western part of the Île de la Cité with each other. It was also the first bridge without houses.
3) Passerelle Debilly
Walk from Palais de Tokyo and the Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris to musée du Quai Branly along this bridge. You wouldn’t surmise from its modern appearance and the metal structure that this bridge dates from the World Expo of 1900, for which it was built to ensure visitors could move around freely.
4) Pont Saint-Louis
Pont Saint-Louis, a simple and modern bridge, connects Île de la Cité to Île Saint-Louis. It is your gateway to the postcard setting that is Paris. Because it is a car-free bridge, it is a hassle-free stroll among tourists and artists.
5) Passerelle du Parc des Buttes Chaumont
The suspension bridge of Parc des Buttes Chaumont, which was built by Gustave Eiffel allows you to cross the lake 8 metres above ground. If you are not afraid of heights you can enjoy the lake, see the shadows of the fish as they dart through the water and the turtles basking in the sun. The other 22-metre-high stone bridge across the lake, somewhat concealed by the greenery, is called pont des suicides.
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