Les Berges River Path

A pedestrianised recreation pathway along the river's edge

TravelCurious Tip

Combine your visit to Les Berges with a trip to the world-famous Musee d’Orsay, at the path’s eastern end.

Between the Pont de l’Alma and the timeless Musee d’Orsay on the Left Bank of the Seine is the beautiful Les Berges river path. Until a few years ago, this was a busy Parisian thoroughfare, but thanks to the prolonged hard work of co-ordinator Annette Poehlmann and the community-minded funding of former mayor Bertrand Delanoë, this 1.4-mile stretch of riverbank is now a great place to chill out in the sunshine.

Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon

In an effort to provide some contrast with the hustle and bustle of central Paris, Les Berges was given a light-hearted design. There is an area where tepees are free to reserve for children’s birthday parties, a bright yellow maze and a large map of the world in green. Impromptu games of football spring up on the lush grass, while old men sit at tables nearby playing backgammon and chess. Elsewhere families and couples stretch out on picnic blankets between flowerbeds and enjoy their time in the sun. In the summer, the sun does not set until nearly 10pm, and many a lazy evening has been spent lounging here in the warm twilight as the sun goes down over Paris.

Nearby Attractions

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Musee d'Orsay
One of the world's definitive collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, installed in the former Orsay train station.
Van Gogh 'Starry Night Over the Rhone'
This painting is one of the highlights from the Musée d'Orsay’s Van Gogh collection.
Renoir ‘Bal du Moulin de la Galette’
This Renoir work is one of Impressionism's most celebrated masterpieces, depicting romantic bourgeois Paris in the 1870s.
Cézanne 'Card Players'
This peaceful Cézanne painting is one of the Post-Impressionist’s most enduring works.
Monet 'Houses of Parliament'
A superlative example of the Impressionist style developed by Claude Monet, depicting the world in a way that no camera ever could.
Rodin 'The Gates of Hell'
The plaster model in the Musée d'Orsay dates from 1917 and was inspired by the famous doors that Ghiberti had made for the baptistery in Florence.

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