Allée des Cygnes is a beautiful little walkway Southwest of the Eiffel Tower in the middle of the Seine. Ever since I discovered it a few months ago, I have been going every weekend for a walk or run.
Allée des Cygnes is a wonderful place to walk to after visiting the Eiffel Tower and provides a beautiful view that many tourists probably don’t have the time to see. But I definitely recommend taking the time in your trip to visit this cute little island in the middle of the Seine.
The artificial island, Ile aux Cygnes, was created in 1827 to protect the port of Grenelle, on the island is the Allée des Cygnes walkway. At the end of the walkway is the Statue of Liberty replica. Which is something I do recommend seeing, it was gifted to the city of Paris by the American community of Paris in 1889 to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution.
You can access the island from Pont de Bir-Hakeim which is where I recommend starting from! This is the famous bridge where movies like Inception and Last Tango in Paris were filmed. The bridge is two levels; the top level is used by metro line 6 and the bottom level is for cars and bikes. It is also a very popular place for photographers especially weddings, every time I have been there there were a handful of beautiful couples having their pictures taken. I even saw a Storm Trooper photo shoot!
I love Allée des Cygnes for the peaceful, tree-lined walkway especially now with all of the leaves changing colors and starting to fall. It provides for a beautiful photo opportunity. It is another place that is away from the hustle and bustle of the city and is so peaceful in a city with so many things to see. It is a nice moment to relax and take in the beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower and you can see cute Parisian families enjoying a slow weekend stroll together.
It is also a perfect spot to have an impromptu picnic during your trip. There are benches all along the walkway that look out onto the Seine and in some places the Eiffel Tower. Or even just take a book and find the sun and enjoy a nice quiet afternoon.
To visit the Allée des Cygnes, I recommend walking along the Seine from the Eiffel Tower to Pont de Bir-Hakeim and enjoy the stroll along the Seine. You can also access it from metro line 6 Bir-Hakeim.