Our Paris Left Bank Walking Tour is a self-guided tour that take you past many of Paris's iconic landmarks. Ironically, we begin this tour at Trocadéro which is on the Right Bank, as it is both a convenient starting point and a major point of interest itself. It also provides what is probably the best view of the Eiffel Tower from anywhere in Paris.
From Trocadéro you immediately cross over the River Seine to the Left Bank and continue with the balance of the tour ending at Notre Dame Cathedral. The total walking distance is about 6.4 kilometres which, at an average pace, can be walked in about 90 minutes. We recommend you allow at least twice that time (3 hours) to take in all the sights, get some great photos and stop for some refreshment along the way.
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How to get to Berges de Seine by Metro
Directions for the Highlights of the Left Bank Paris Walking Tour
The directions below are based on beginning your walk at Trocadéro, but you could do the walk in the opposite direction starting from any station near the Notre Dame Cathedral and referring to the map below.
- Begin at Trocadéro Station.
- Exit the Metro and walk up the steps and through the Trocadéro Esplanade towards the Eiffel Tower. As you make your way down the steps on the other side of the esplanade you will see the famous Varsovie Fountains which are located in the Jardin du Trocadero. You may wish to divert through some of the paths through the garden where there are also a number of sculptures by renowned artists.
- Continue walking southeast across the bridge to the Eiffel Tower. After being spellbound by this amazing tower you can continue straight under it (skirt around on either side if it is too crowded underneath the tower) into the park on the far side.
- Continue to following the path southwest through the centre of the park to Avenue Charles Risler and go left. Continue walking as the path transitions to Rue de Belgrade, Rue de Grenelle and, after crossing over Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, Place de Ivalides.
- Walk east on Place des Invalides in front of the gates to Les Invalides -(Museum of Arms and Armor) and take some time here to explore the grounds and architecture of this major Paris landmark.
- From Place des Invalides walk north along Avenue du Marechal Galleni all the way to the bridge over the River Seine. Do not cross the bridge, but go right (east) along the sidewalk paralleling Quai d'Orsay and overlooking the River Seine. Note the gold plated figures on top of the bridge posts and the massive iron and glass roof of the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais - (Grand Palace National Gallery) located across the river.
- As you continue your walk, watch for the colonnaded façade of the National Assembly building across from the next bridge and later the beautiful Musée d'Orsay - (Art) located in a former train station on your left. From here you will also be able to se the famous The Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries on the Right Bank of the Seine.
- When you get to the Pont des Arts pedestrian only bridge checkout the colonnades and dome of the Institut de France building on your left. You may also want to walk part way across the pedestrian only bridge to get a nice view up and down the Seine.
- Finally when you get to Pont-Saint-Michel cross the bridge and go right on the other side to the Notre Dame Cathedral.
That's it! An awesome walk that includes a section along the River Seine and some superb views of numerous famous landmarks and attractions; many of which you will want to return to and explore in more detail.