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Pont des Arts

Address: River Seine | Between "Institut de France" And "Palais du Louvre", Paris, France
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Ranked #88 of 1,108 things to do in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bridges, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Bridges, Sights & Landmarks
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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Be prepared to be disappointed. The Pont des Arts, the famous bridge where couples leave padlocks declaring their love for each other has done nothing for the love of the bridge itself. It is now an unattractive mess of boards spayed with graffiti and perspex panels protecting collapsed sections. Every available space to put a lock has been taken, even... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Don't forget to take your own lock and marker before you arrive to the bridge, since you will not be able to buy one from around there. Tip: try the sides since you will not be able to put your lock on the main bridge.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We visited to have a look, take a photo, and not add locks. Such a shame that the boards are vandalised and there are people selling tacky things. Wasn't even worth taking a selfie as nothing really to see of the locks. A massive shame. Great views of the river though.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

This is a simply beautiful bridge loaded of love locks. Lovers, couples put their locks on on the railing of the bridge with their names (or initials) written on them. Probably to lock their love forever. I was amazed to see the colorful variety of locks. Not only they look beautiful, one can really enjoy seeing so many different kinds... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Just went to take another look at our bridges in Paris. You are making our beautiful Paris a dumping ground for tourist trash. The love lock fad is not a French tradition; it started with a movie in Rome in 2007. We, the Parisians, are truly fed up with tourists, who come and vandalize historic bridges in Paris, then they... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Pont des arts is well known for its padlocks couples sign and leave on the bridge. Unfortunately you can't leave anymore padlocks on it as the weight of all the ones left behind has started to break the wires so the council has boaded up the bridge with ugly wooden boards. IT now looks like a graffiti site. There were... More 

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Belize City, Belize
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I've visited this beautiful bridge several times and I must say that it is filled with couples and friends from all over the world who come together to seal their love eternally by locking their padlocks and throwing the key in the river. Recently various groups have been campaigning against the locking of locks on the bridges so parts of... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This is a lovely place for a stroll and to watch the world go by. The 'love locks' are boarded up as they are damaging to the bridge - just go and enjoy the views and leave the 'tradition' (started in 2008) of ruining an old bridge by placing a silly lock on it.

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We purchased our lock before we came to Paris. We engraved it ourselves and left it behind on the bridge. Vendors sell locks there but they can be pricey. There is a lot of foot traffic on this bridge but well worth the visit. You can even see the Eiffel Tower from here. It's really lovely.

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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

So, my girlfriend (now fiancé) had been talking about seeing this bridge on our trip. She kept going on and on about it, I didn't really have any interest in a bridge. But I finally gave in and we went to it. I was surprised to see all these locks hanging all over it, thought it was pretty cool. But... More 

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