The bridges of Paris; romantic architecture

The bridges of Paris; romantic architecture

Discover the most beautiful bridges of Paris when you stay at the Hotel Castex. With our hotel as your base you can explore these elegant and beautiful architectural and historical landmarks that have helped to establish the reputation of the City of Light as a place of romantic fascination. A great example located close to your Hotel Castex is the Pont d’Austerlitz, named after an 1805 Napoleonic military victory.

Bridges with stories to tell

As a guest of the Hotel Castex, you can discover Paris by strolling the bridges spanning the Seine. Either by day or in the evening, when the bridges are illuminated, the sense of history is almost palpable. Among the most exquisite Parisian bridges is the Pont Alexander III, classified as an historical monument. Built for the Universal Exposition of 1900 to symbolise Franco-Russian friendship, this opulently decorated bridge is located in the centre of the Esplanade des Invalides and provides access to the Grand Palais. Then discover the Passerelle des Arts, which connects the Louvre to the Institut de France and was designed along the lines of a hanging garden

The oldest bridge in Paris

Inaugurated by King Henri IV in 1607, the Pont Neuf is not only the oldest bridge in the city but also, at 232 metres, one of the longest. It allows access to the Ile de la Cité and was the first Parisian bridge with no houses built upon it, as the king decreed it should command an unobstructed view of the Louvre. Classified as an historical monument since 1889, the Pont Neuf became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

Other bridges not to be missed

That's not all! Don’t miss the Pont d’Iena, commissioned by Napoleon, which connects the Trocadéro with the Eiffel Tower. When heading to the Musée d'Orsay, you’ll want to enjoy the view from the Passerelle Léopold Sédar Senghor, a modern pedestrian bridge with an impressive two-level construction.

Paris has no shortage of bridges in various architectural styles and with fascinating tales to tell. Discover the Pont de la Concorde, the Pont de l’Alma, the Pont Royal and the Pont Notre Dame to immerse yourself in the timeless ambience of Paris.

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