The Quieter Banks of the Seine

The Quieter Banks of the Seine

Most visitors to Paris take a walk along the Seine at some point to enjoy the great views of Notre Dame and the Louvre.

However, a bit further along, in the mostly residential 15th and 16th arrondissements you can see a different side of Paris with a visit to the quieter banks of the Seine from the Pont du Garigliano to the Pont de Bir-Hakeim near the Eiffel Tower.

This part of Paris has a much more modern vista with high rises seen alongside the 19th century Eiffel Tower.


On the banks of the 15th is the modern structured design of Parc André Citroen, a huge urban park which opened in 1992. There you can visit two huge greenhouses with Australian and Mediterranean plants or go up the hot air balloon for great views of the Paris skyline.

If you make your way to the middle of the Pont de Grenelle you can walk down to a small, narrow, artificially created island known as the Ile aux Cygnes. This is where you’ll find a small replica of New York’s Statue of Liberty which was a gift to the city by the American community in Paris.

On the banks of the 16th is the Maison de la Radio, the home of Radio France which started regular radio transmissions before the BBC. This was the location of Musée de Radio France which housed one of the most impressive collections of radios and televisions. It's currently closed for renovations but should reopen in the future.

At the end of the Ile aux Cygnes is a great spot for capturing the Eiffel Tower without having to push through the crowds you find at Trocadero. 

View the gallery to see photos of this walk through Paris.