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Pont des Arts, Paris

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Bridge Tourist Spot
A pedestrian bridge, Pont des Arts crosses the Seine River, linking the Institut de France and the central square of the Palais du Louvre. Many lovebirds come here to lock padlocks to the railing or grating on the side of the bridge. They then throw the key into the Seine as a romantic gesture, representing the couple's commitment. Note that the French police patrol the bridge to stop people from throwing keys into the river. Work out when and for how long to visit Pont des Arts and other Paris attractions using our handy Paris itinerary maker.
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  • This beautiful bridge, pedestrian so it's calm and peaceful, links up two of Paris' iconic landmarks, the Louvre and the Acadamie Francaise. Great place for a romantic stroll and picture-taking. I lov...  more »
  • Even without that colorful spectacle of the locks, she is still very beautiful and very romantic. Worth sitting in those wooden benches in your will, and stay there, just enjoying the magnitude of the Seine River.
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  • While going to key places of Paris, you can spend half an hour to this place. There are thousands of love locks in this bridge. :) You can also put a lock if you want and believe in this myth!  more »
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  • Provides a beautiful walk in this beautiful city and one of the iconic views of Paris. This bridge used to call ‘Love Lock Bridge’ but recently over one million "love locks" (weighing over 45 tons) have been removed following the collapse of some sections of the bridge barriers. It was wonder being surrounded by art and the atmosphere was just mind blowing. You will find some nice paintings to buy around the bridge area.
  • Today is 5 July and still the love locks are absent. The municipality will not allow them unless the bridge's structure will become adequately reinforced to endure the weight. For the time being it's a bridge of memories which is best avoided if you walk barefoot (due to wood splinters), in stilettos (because you may become stuck), or with a cane (because you may fall). But then again, love conquers all.
  • The fences have been removed and replaced and all the love locks with them as well!! This was done by Paris municipality due to the huge locks weight on the fences and bridge pillar. There is now no possibility to put lock on the fences. Still very beautiful place to make pictures!
  • Very beautiful and romentic bridge. Nice view of river. While on the bridge you will notice thousands of padlock locked by love once which has been removed now
  • No more locks here, you can come and sit and relax while watching most beautiful river and listen to songs. It's beautiful and romantic. Still i liked it more when locks were allowed but its now glassed and no further love locks can be locked here

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