The spirit of Paris
Like most great cities, Paris evolved around her river, the Seine. It nourished the city and was the means of much-needed trade in the city. Today, the river continues to play a pivotal role in the hearts of Parisians and the tourists who flock the city.
The city of love largely gets its reputation from the river Seine. Lovers stroll around the two islands of Ile Saint Louis and Ile de la Cite and kiss and make a wish under the historic 17th century bridge of Pont Marie, better known as the ‘Lover’s Bridge’. And, of course, there are the famed ‘love lock’ bridges – Pont des Arts and Pont de l’Archeveche. Many of the Seine’s 37 bridges, especially those recognized as historic monuments, have been artistically illuminated to set off its beauty in the night. They make for magical evening strolls for all ages.
Cruise on the Seine
You can also cruise down the Seine on one of the Batoux-Mouches or enjoy a matchless experience when you dine at the several restaurant boats that dot the banks of the Seine.
Then, of course, every summer, the city goes into overdrive when palm trees, deck chairs and tons of fine sand is brought on to the embankment roads along the Seine. Suddenly, the landlocked city turns into a festive beachside. They even have a name for this fiesta – Paris Plages.
Naturally, there are several prestigious monuments, hotels and restaurants alongside the Seine that stand as sentinels to a remarkable waterway. This is truly a city in love with its beloved river and every quay, bridge and promenade on the Seine remind you of that fact.
See some of Viator’s river cruise options
|Lunch & Live Music||Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Cruise with Lunch and Live Music|
|Hop On & Off||Seine River Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise in Paris|
|Dinner Cruise and Moulin Rouge Show||Seine River Dinner Cruise with ‘La Marina de Paris’ and Moulin Rouge Show|