Paris is a very walkable city which makes exploring it by foot both attractive and popular. That said, one of the most popular activities in Paris for visitors is taking a Seine River Cruise. A Seine River cruise is a little touristy but a truly amazing way to see Paris. You geta truly unique perspective on some of the city’s most famous sites.
Overview of the Seine River in Paris
The Seine River pulls water from a little place known as “Sources de la Seine” or Source of the Seine. It runs all the way across France to the English Channel. Where is Sources de la Seine? According to Wikipedia the Seine is 775km or roughly 482 miles from the English Channel running almost clear across France. The source of this river is only about 171km (106mi) from Switzerland!
At the “source” it would be hard to believe that this little stream turns into the powerful river flowing through Paris and many other French cities. That said, run-off water from France’s fertile and wet countryside builds up which adds to the size of the river as it flows! You can’t fight physics!
How to See Paris from the Seine?
Walking & Biking! There is a path on either side of the Seine that runs the length of the river which is ideal for a stroll. There are also many bridges crossing the Seine that offer an excellent perspective from above.
Seine River Cruise! Another great way, which we will touch on more below, is taking a river cruise. This is a great way to soak in a large portion of Paris from the water without tiring yourself out. You will get your fill of walking while in Paris so a river cruise is the perfect opportunity to relax a bit before or after dinner.
What Sites Can You See on the Seine in Paris?
The Seine River runs horizontally across Paris and is positioned almost perfectly in the center of the city which is not a coincidence. We take this for granted today, but a water source is a pivotal thing for any city. The Seine wasn’t built in the center of Paris, but Paris was built around the Seine.
From the river, you’ll be able to see many of Paris’s most famous sites. Here’s just a sample of what you’ll catch a glimpse of:
4. The Famous “Love Lock Bridge” of Paris
Paris’ Ponts des Arts is one of the most famous bridges in the world which would appear a mystery at first glance. Bridges like Pont Neuf of Paris or the Golden Gate Bridge are famous due to their architectural prowess and beauty. On the other hand, Ponts des Arts is a rickety metal foot-bridge running from the Left Bank to the Right bank.
Why so famous? The answer is simply Love! Read about it more in our article on Paris’ Love Lock Bridge.
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3. Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis
Did you know that Paris is home to two small natural islands? Many tourists walk across these islands, Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis, and don’t even realize they’re doing so. While on a river cruise, these islands become much more distinguishable. You’ll get a close-up of the Notre Dame Cathedral, located on Île de la Cité, and see the city’s oldest bridge, Pont Neuf, which runs across the island.
2. Musée d’Orsay and the Musée du Louvre
From the Seine River, you can also see two of the world’s most famous museums. The Orsay Museum, housed in a former train station and known worldwide for its staggering collection of Impressionist artwork, is located on the Left Bank. Almost directly across the river on the Right Bank is the Louvre Museum. You’ll see them at nearly the exact same time!
1. The Eiffel Tower
Several Seine River cruises depart and dock next to the Eiffel Tower which is central and convenient. Seine River cruises are a really cool way to see the Eiffel tower since the river is well kept. The level of the river is also lower which makes the Eiffel Tower look even bigger!
We have a cool Eiffel Tower Tour that includes a Seine River cruise which you can definitely check out!
Seine River Cruise at Night
Appropriately nicknamed The City of Lights, the only equal to Paris’ sunlit beauty is its moonlit ambiance. That is why taking a Seine River cruise at night offers a great vantage point for seeing Paris. Each of Paris’ landmarks illuminates the sky with bright lights.
We run an Eiffel Tower at night tour which includes a cruise on the Seine River. Imagine yourself riding on a comfortable riverboat sipping a crisp glass of champagne while looking onto the Eiffel Tower. Our tour includes entrance tickets to the Eiffel Tower and access to the second floor.
You’ll also see The Louvre illuminated, taking in the splendor of the museum’s grandiose design with varied perspectives. This is the perfect way to compliment your skip-the-line tour of The Louvre!
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