Pont Alexandre III
Here are five amazing things you can do at Pont Alexandre III
1.) Exhibition at the Grand Palais
Between the Petit and the Grand Palais, you will have a wide range of exhibitions about various subjects from art to history. The Petit and the Grand Palais are themselves beautiful places to visit thanks to their architecture and to their location. Indeed, you can find them just at the end of the Champs-Elysees, near several Paris Landmarks. Nowadays, the Grand Palais is one of the most dynamic Parisian museums, exposing art but also sciences. This is a festive place, where many fairs and shows take place.
Explore one of the most beautiful areas of Paris with this free tour, which offers stunning sights and some of the most popular Parisian Landmarks to you. A native Parisian will give you tips on what to see, where to eat and where to shop nearby. This is a unique opportunity to discover this neighborhood where Parisians like to go shopping and walking.
3.) Visit the Invalides
Louis XIV, king of France, decided to build this “Hôtel National” as a shelter for disabled and retired soldiers In the XVIIth century. Nowadays you can also find a museum as well as a military necropolis containing Napoleon’s coffin. This great Parisian landmark illuminates the city, thanks to its impressive golden dome, which makes it a great place for sightseeing. Nowadays, it is not just about the museum but also about the park just in front of it. Those huge squares of grass composing the park enable you to spend a pleasant afternoon, watching the Parisian landmarks and the Parisians.
4.) Enjoy the view
Paris is also famous for its 37 bridges across the River Seine. Pont Alexandre III is one of the most famous, because of its particular style and because of the panorama it offers. During the day or at night, this place is among the top romantic places to go in Paris.
5.) Have a walk on the Avenue Des Champs-Elysees
Renowned worldwide, this avenue is one of the best places to go shopping in Paris and to admire several Paris Landmarks: from the Arc de Triomphe to the Concorde Plaza, through the Grand Palais and the Pont Alexandre III. These are symbols of the city’s magnificence. On specific occasions, the Champs-Elysees also transform themselves into a vast area dedicated to shows, demonstrations, or even the military parade on July 14 for the French National Day.
Facts about Pont Alexandre III
Sightseeing in Paris will certainly lead you to the Pont Alexandre III. The World Fair in Paris in 1900 started with the inauguration of the Pont Alexandre III. This bridge was built so as to seal French-Russian friendship, which symbolized the birth of the Entente Powers during WWI. More than a symbol of peace, this is also a symbol of the country’s wealth.
For example, approximately 1.8 kilograms of gold were needed to decorate the bridge. It is a symbol of what we call the “Belle Epoque”, between 1890 and 1914. Those years were decades of political, economic, social and technologic improvement in the entire Europe: the different techniques required for the construction of the bridge as well as what it was supposed to symbolize embody this specific period quite well.
Geographically speaking, it links the Invalides with the Petit and the Grand Palais, which were also built for the World Fair. It crosses the River Seine between the 7th and the 8th arrondissement of Paris, which are chic neighborhoods hosting some of the most important French institutions such as the Elysee or the National Assembly.
Pont Alexandre III
This spot is definitely one of the best ones in Paris if you want to admire an amazing sunset. For us Parisians, it is typically the “monumental Paris”: strong, proud and sophisticated. Every time you walk on this Bridge of Paris, you feel as if you were in an advertisement for a new fragrance or in a magazine. Both romantic and impressive, everyone feels proud to be Parisian when they walk on it.Maylis
How to get there
Station Invalides: Line 13 or 8
Lines 63, 83, 93
- 13 million visitors a year 99%
- Incredibly detailed 80%
- Contains hidden mysteries 70%
1.) Palais Bourbon:
This place hosts the French National Assembly and is therefore full of history.
Just beneath Pont Alexandre III, come and spend a Parisian evening at “Le Showcase”, which is one of the most famous nightclubs of Paris that is both trendy and perfectly located. Spending a night there will make you feel truly Parisian!
Why it’s worth visiting
- It’s a symbol of French pomp and splendor during the Belle Époque.
- It is classified as a “historical monument” since April 29th, 1975 and is also labeled “Heritage of the twentieth century”