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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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Romantic but not all it's cracked up to be

It's kind of romantic, although it was really busy. There were so many locks attached to the bridge that parts were falling off, which was a shame.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

It's kind of romantic, although it was really busy. There were so many locks attached to the bridge that parts were falling off, which was a shame.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Somehow someone thought that putting a padlock on a historic bridge and throwing away the key was romantic. Maybe it was the first time, but when countless wannabes copied the idea they started a trend that is destroying the beauty of more than one lovely bridge. It is vandalism pure and simple and is spreading to other Paris bridges, other... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This used to be my favorite spot in Paris, a beautiful passerelle over the Seine. However, throngs of inconsiderate visitors, French and tourists alike,mhave ruined this spot with their "love locks." What was an extremely beautiful spot is now a pedestrian bridge with collapsing railings covered with ugly locks. Best to avoid.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This could be one of the many lovely pedestrian bridges across the Seine however, hundreds, possibly thousands of misguided people have destroyed its beauty (and the beauty of countless other bridges around the world) with their stupid love locks. As if that isn't bad enough, they then throw the key into the Seine, thereby polluting it as well. If you... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Pont des arts now has just turned into an old wooden bridge (I was afraid of falling down in every step on it), with strange graffiti thin walls on both sides, but in several spots people who does not care about Seine River's load of keys are keep struggling with the padlocks, which are definitely make the bridge heavier and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Putting love locks destroys this beautiful bridge. This isn't a Parisian tradition at all. Even if you do this you should know that the city removes locks regularly from the bridge to protect it from damage! So what's the point of doing this?

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I had heard so many things (good and bad) about the Pont des Arts that I wanted to go check it out for myself. I was truly dissapointed. First of all, this tradition of putting padlocks on the gates of the bridge was taken from an American movie and perpetuated by millions of tourists henceforth. There are so many locks... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

It is the place where thousands of loving couple demonstrate the affection for each other to the entire world. Isn't it sound romantic? I changed my mind after the visit in the recent Easter. The bridge looks very "heavy" with all the love locks padlocked to each others (love seems to be mixed up....). It is telling us the fact... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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

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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