Pont d'Austerlitz

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Pont d'Austerlitz
France Paris Pont Austerlitz 01.JPG
Coordinates 48°50′42″N 2°21′58″E / 48.84500°N 2.36611°E / 48.84500; 2.36611Coordinates: 48°50′42″N 2°21′58″E / 48.84500°N 2.36611°E / 48.84500; 2.36611
Carries Motor vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles
Crosses The Seine River
Locale Paris, France
Official name Pont d'Austerlitz
Next upstream Viaduc d'Austerlitz
Next downstream Pont de Sully
Design Arch Bridge
Total length 174m (571 feet)
Width 30m (98 feet)
Construction begin 1801–1805, 1854 and 1884–1885
Toll Free both ways

The Pont d'Austerlitz is a bridge which crosses the Seine River in Paris, France. It owes its name to the battle of Austerlitz (1805).


The bridge links the 12th arrondissement at the rue Ledru-Rollin, to the 5th and 13th arrondissements, at the Jardin des Plantes.



The construction of the bridge came from a necessity to link the Faubourg Saint-Antoine on the right bank to the Jardin des Plantes on the left bank. At the beginning of the 19th century the first bridge was constructed. In 1801, the engineer Becquey de Beaupré proposed a five-arched bridge. In 1854, the bridge was judged dangerous and the width was increased to 18 meters (59 feet) and finally to 30 meters (98 feet).


View from the Pont de Sully


Location on the Seine
Located near the Métro stationQuai de la Rapée.

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