Paris has developped herself for 2000 years on the banks of the Seine river. The result is a marvelous urban lansdscape.
The Seine is a 776 kilometre long river flowing through Paris into the English Channel at Le Havre harbour (France map). The banks of the Seine River in Paris are by all means one of the greatest urban landscapes in the world. You will best discover this landcape on a Seine River cruise or walking on the romantic Seine left bank quays from Paris Natural History Museum upstream to Pont Alexandre III downstream (see Seine river map).
The river and the quays are a continuous enchantment. Many exceptional sights can be seen from Seine river, Paris. From east to west:
BNF: the large 1995 French National Library
AccorHotels Arena: the top sports and concert arena
Museum Paris: the Jardin des Plantes, its museum of natural history: dinosaurs, giant cristals, precious stones
Ile Saint Louis: the 18th century island near Notre Dame
Ile de la Cite island: heart of the city since the Middle Ages with Notre Dame, La Conciergerie and Sainte Chapelle
Notre Dame: 800 years of Christian faith and architecture
La Conciergerie: the famous prison of Marie-Antoinette
Hotel de Ville: the historical City Hall
The Louvre: the largest art museum in the world
Musee d'Orsay: the impressionist museum
Place de la Concorde: the largest square in the city
Palais de Chaillot: the imposing 1937 building facing the Eiffel Tower on the opposite Seine river bank
Tour Eiffel: the icon of the city is on the river left bank
With so many first class sights to see from the Seine River, the river cruise is a must of every visit to the city of lights. As a starter, you can do the classical one hour Seine cruise with Bateaux Parisiens boarding near the Eiffel Tower or Vedettes du Ponf Neuf boarding near Notre Dame. You want your Paris stay to be memorable. Go for the romantic dinner cruise or for the royal Seine night cruise with dinner at Eiffel Tower and Moulin Rouge cabaret.
The top Seine river cruises
2.3 kilometers of Seine River left bank quays in between Musee d'Orsay and Pont Alexandre III have been turned into one of the most pleasant pedestrian districts of the city. Splendid views, open air restaurants and playgrounds are relaxing, entertaining and so beautiful. Rosa Bonheur, Flow, two open-air restaurants on these quays are affordable places to relax, eat or have a drink. Faust, right under Pont Alexandre III has a terrace, a restaurant and a club.
These quays are now the place to go to day and night.
From mid-July to mid-August, Paris Plage transforms the Seine right banks from the Louvre Museum to Ile Saint Louis into sandy beaches, open from 9am to 12pm. Paris Plage spans three kilometers through the most beautiful Paris landscape. It features open-air attractions, such as rollerblading, tai-chi and wall climbing. Refreshment and deckchairs are available.
The City plans to permanently transform these quays into a pedestrian area.