Length 4.6 km (2.9 miles), terrain: flat
Paris Running Routes:
Best Paris Running Routes: Overview
Seine island of St. Louis, St. Paul, botanical garden
Left bank and Luxembourg Gardens
Paris' green heart: Bois de Boulogne
Canal St. Martin
Rock formations of Parc Chaumont
Seine loop with Champs Elysees and Eiffel Tower
Seine riverside run
Bois de Vincennes
Versailles Palace Gardens
For more running routes, see Route List
Here's a nice little run that packs-in a lot of real Parisian flair: a route from the middle of the Seine River through the creative Left Bank neighborhood of St. Germain and then on through the elegant Jardin du Luxembourg park. Along the way, it will pass such historic sites as the École des Beaux-Arts, Saint Germain des Prés church and the French Senate palace.
|Picnic on the Pont des Arts. The love-locks have since been banished|
NOTE: see the Destinations Tips page for tips about spending your free time in this great town!
Intrigued? Then let's get going! Head to the Pont des Arts footbridge across the Seine, at the Louvre. This is one of my favorite bridges anywhere: gathering place for couples and friends for a bottle of wine and a piece of cheese on nice summer evenings, with the Louvre Palace on the one bank and the domed elegance of the Institut de France on the other. But we're not here to just hang out and watch the tour boats glide beneath the bridge, so off we go!
|Facing the Institut de France, with fish-people doing their thing|
|Boites along the Seine|
|Art-gallery opening-night vernissage across from the design school|
|Amazing objects at this gallery|
|The good life in the Hotel des Marronniers|
Now cross the busy street Boulevard Saint Germain and keep running south along Rue Bonaparte. In a couple more blocks, at the one-kilometer mark, you'll see the huge, strangely unfinished church of St. Sulpice. The bell tower to the right side was never finished: work stopped when the tower threatened to collapse.
|Saint Sulpice church|
Continuing south from the church, Rue Bonaparte is lined by a narrow park on the left, making it even nicer.
The street ends at Rue de Vaugirard, with the fence for the Jardin du Luxembourg straight ahead. Turn left and run along the fence until you find the entrance after just 30 meters.
|Chess players in the park|
|Quiet spot in the back-end of the park|
You are now running south through a green, narrow square, the Jardin des Grands Explorateurs, flanked by some old university buildings.
Run the two blocks until the square ends, rounding the fountains with their wild copper horses and return to Luxembourg Garden along the other side, re-entering the south gates.
|Heading towards the palace|
|The palace, home to the Sénat|
|The Fontaine Medicis, with obligatory couple making-out|
This fairly residential neighborhood is typical Saint Germain, upscale but creative, with a lot of nice local shops and a covered market to the left in a couple of blocks.
The street name changes to Rue de Seine and you'll cross busy Boulevard Saint-Germain again.
|Lively Rue de Buci|
|The famous Boissonnerie fish restaurant|
|Still more galleries|