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Pont des Arts

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Address: River Seine | Between "Institut de France" And "Palais du Louvre", Paris, France
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Pont des Arts - Lock Bridge

What a great way to express your affection for someone? Put your name on a lock, and then lock it on the bridge forever. Some say you must throw your key into the river to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The Pont des Arts is known for being the place where lovers leave padlocks with their names on them, although this practice was stopped not long ago as the weight of all those locks endangered the bridge. What the bridge really has going for it is the gorgeous view, with the Louvre on one bank, the Institut de France on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Beautiful place with the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral as the backdrop, it is an amazing photo opportunity. Looked beautiful in the evening, good place for some quality time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

What a great way to express your affection for someone? Put your name on a lock, and then lock it on the bridge forever. Some say you must throw your key into the river to continue the tradition. I say keep the key and return to this city to unlock new adventures.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I had a padlock made for my boyfriend and I to add to the bridge for his birthday and it was a really lovely thing to do! Made us feel like we had our own little personal part of Paris. I know that you're not supposed to put padlocks on anymore but it really was a lovely thing to do... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

First trip to Paris and the bucket list included a visit to the Pont des Arts. Prior to our trip read reviews and other resources indicating the locks were affecting the integrity of the structure. Yet people visiting are still managing to secure locks or vendors selling locks to tourists. Sections of bridge are boarded up and with graffiti which... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

One of the most romantic places - the Pont des Arts Bridge with all the love locks - which are now covered by wooden plates so no more locks can be added. The bridge is getting to heavy because the locks already got attached to locks and so on. So no romance here...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This was on my bucket list and boy was i happy to check it off. There are actually additional bridges so as not to overwhelm the main one. There were many people there but its to be expected, its an attraction. My overall experience was wonderful

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We visited here to see all the padlocks but all you can see is MDF boards covering the locks and then horrible graffiti covering the MDFboards. The French government wanted to stop people from putting padlocks on the bridge as it was becoming to heavy but to cover it and make it in to an eyesore surely isn't the way... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Even though they are clearl trying to stop the addition of more padlocks, hawkers are still selling them and people are still adding them. We took one with us, already prepared, and clipped it to bridge. You just have to do it! Stunning to see and to try and count just exactly how many are there.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Because the bridge can no longer handle all the locks locked to the bridge, the French government uses cardboards to cover almost the entire bridge, which is a shame! Because people started to put graffiti on it (and not even good graffiti) and that def took away the romance and beauty of the 'bridge of locks'.

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