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Pont des Arts, Paris

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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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  • Built under Napoleon I, this pedestrian bridge, linking the Louvre to the Institut Francais, survived bombing from WWI & WWII and a major collision with a barge that collapse a large part of the bridg...  more »
  • Romantic place. Bridge is full of locks. Place closer to louvre museums and Notre-Dame. Nice view of river over bridge.  more »
  • Such a beautiful place for pics. Artistic and typically french must do and visit when in Paris. Nice view of the eiffel tower too  more »
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  • Whilst the pedestrian-only Pont Des Arts over the River Seine still provides one of the iconic views of Paris, the design has recently changed. Over one million "love locks" (weighing over 45 tons) have been removed following the collapse of some sections of the bridge barriers; and now it is impossible to attach new locks. However, the City of Paris encourages photography on the bridge — a gesture allowing all the world to see this stage of a couple's journey.
  • A very busy little bridge. Absolutely beautiful scenery - rivaling that of even the Eiffel Tower. Difficult to get pictures without other tourists in the picture. A must see during summer and fall.
  • Nice bridge with great view of the river. Note that the famous locks which were place by couples to symbol their love are gone (hope the love is still there) and it's just a bridge now, like many others in the city
  • Love this bridge. The only pedestrian only bridge in Paris. It used to be the love lock bridge but they have all been removed and now there is glass preventing any further locks. Great views of the water. Come here at night, gets lively with music and lots of people drinking .
  • Uses to be the famous lover's bridge until the city decided to tear down all love locks. Unfortunately, some of it's charme has gone, but it is still Avery nice and calm view :)