Running in Paris on the banks of the Seine is one of the great runs of the world. Over the past few years, several sections have been turned into pedestrian-only paths, below the road, making running along the Seine in the heart of Paris a running heaven. Along the river,there are also great views of Paris’ wonderful buildings and landmarks. Starting at Notre Dame (or any point), head east on Ile La Cite over to Ile St. Louis, crossing a bridge over to the north side, or right bank. Then head west along the river, passing numerous landmarks: Centre Pompidou, the Louvre, Jardin de Tuilleries, Place de La Concorde, and the Modern Art Museum. At just over 4 miles, opposite Jardins de Trocadero, cross the Pont d’Iéna, over to the left bank. Head back east. Some of the nicest sections of the river run are along a section called Les Berges, between the Pont de l’Alma and the Musée D’Orsay.
This section was formerly a highway but was beautifully developed into a path two years ago. Shorten the run doing less of the path or add to/vary it with incredible detour opportunities: Tuilleries, Champs-Elysees, Jardins de Trocadero, Champs de Mars, and Invalides. Adding all those would make this a 10-miler or so.
Seine, Western Section 7 miles, out and back. Start: Champs de Mars.
This can be part of a longer run or a distinct run. We continue the above, running west of Pont d’Iéna, along the lovely thin path of Ile aux Cygnes, then doing a tour of the park on Ile St. Germain. It can be joined with any parts of Seine run above, or any of the wonderful detours.
Video Highlights: River Seine Paths and Paris Landmarks (26 min.)
- 11.7 km (7.3 miles) out and back; Western Section: 11.2 km (7 miles) out and back
- 282 feet
- Notre Dame, Ile de la Cite.
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