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).
Seen from Seine river, Paris, east to west:
BNF: French National Library
AccorHotels Arena: sports arena
Ile Saint Louis: 18th century island
Quai Saint Bernard: dancing on left bank quays. Paris map
Ile de la Cite: Paris heart
Notre Dame Cathedral
The Seine River left bank quays in between Orsay Museum and Pont Alexandre III have been turned into one of the most pleasant pedestrian districts of Paris. Splendid views, open air restaurants and playgrounds are relaxing, entertaining and so beautiful. A great addition to Paris.
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.