Pont-Neuf
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This bridge, depicted in a famous painting by Renoir, is the oldest remaining bridge in Paris.
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The area
Neighborhood: Ile de la Cité / Ile Saint-Louis
Two islands sit in the middle of the Seine at the very heart of Paris. The more majestic one, Ile de la Cité, sparkles with history. This is the birthplace of Paris, the home of the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, and the site of the prison where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution. Tourists flock to see the iconic Notre Dame and the beautiful bridges that straddle the Seine. Ile Saint-Louis, the more provincial island, welcomes you with cozy traditional eateries, small boutiques, and what some people say is the best ice cream in the city. This is essential Paris from its very beginnings to its modern appeal.
How to get there
  • Pont Neuf • 2 min walk
  • Louvre – Rivoli • 5 min walk
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL2,674 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Pont Neuf was the first stone bridge in Paris not to support houses in addition to a thoroughfare. It was also fitted with pavements to protect pedestrians from mud and horses; pedestrians could also step aside into its bastions to let a bulky carriage pass. The decision not to include houses on the bridge was made by Henry IV, who did not want to obstruct the clear view of the Louvre. It has been repaired and renovated many times, and its beauty can really be appreciated during a river cruise.
Written October 7, 2022
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia43,039 contributions
Oct 2019
Pont-Neuf is the oldest .... new ... bridge in Paris! It was actually built in the early 16th century, and officially opened in 1607, being the newest bridge at the time. Whilst the older bridges have disappeared and replaced by newer ones, this one remains. It is located right at the centre of Old Paris. This particular area is the birthplace of the city. Around the years 250 - 225 BC, this area was known as the Roman city of "Lutetia", which later became Paris! The surrounding area is in fact the older part of Paris. We crossed this bridge several times and the views from it are quite nice. In fact the bridge has two parts as it also crosses a small island, so it is built with two spans.
Written September 17, 2020
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Vanessa P
Calgary, Canada1,376 contributions
Sep 2019
The Pont Neuf (New Bridge) is the oldest bridge standing in Paris. It dates from 250 and 225 BC. It's an arch bridge and it is FREE to cross.

This bridge belong to medieval Paris. Beautiful to see!
Written August 30, 2020
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia16,866 contributions
Dec 2019
Despite its name, meaning new, the Pont Neuf is the oldest one spanning the Seinne. That's perfectly logical as it connects both side of Paris with the Cite isle, which is the birthplace of Paris.
The bridge is made of stone with several arches towards both - the left and right bank on the isle's western end. It's a perfect photo op and another architecture marvel.
Written January 25, 2020
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Katerina 💎
Patras, Greece416 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
A bridge from 1578 is absolutely appropriate to lock your love if you want this love to last forever!!
Written October 28, 2019
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502ericaf
New York City, NY4,477 contributions
Sep 2016
we came to put our lock here, since the other bridge had the locks removed for safety reasons, on this one the locks are being put on a area that is less bridge like but still good enough, just make sure to come here and not carry a lock into the Eiffel tower cause at the tower they will take the lock away from you and not give it back to you. so do the right thing, come here lock your love and toss that key in the river! such and incredible experience,
Written January 25, 2017
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tombac98
tombac9823 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
Yes, I was a victim of a crush and grab pickpocketing by the Pont Neuf bridge, just east of the Louvre. Did I take precautions? Yes. Did they crowd me and manage to unzip my purse and jack my wallet anyway? Yes. Did I feel violated and look at every Parisian with suspicion afterward? Yes. Had I just gotten off the metro thrilled to be spending my first hour in Paris? Yes. Have I sworn never to ever visit a place where I felt so unsafe ever again? Yes. Did I tell the police only to be told, 'there's nothing we can do'? Yes. Did ANOTHER batch of thieves try to do it AGAIN at a cash exchange outlet just a few hours later????? YES.

Stay home and visit the winders of Paris on your tablet. The real experience of either being ripped off and violated, or guarding yourself so thoroughly that you
are always on the watch to prevent it, is not worth the trouble.
Written May 16, 2014
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Lovetotravel
Atlanta, GA29 contributions
Feb 2019
Love Pont Neuf. Beautiful scenic bridge. Unfortunately, the area is filled with thieves. My sister and I were on Pont Neuf when we literally attacked by a group of teenage thugs. They approached my sister with a piece of paper, we kept walking, but they were very aggressive. In a matter of seconds, they surrounded her, and they tried to grab her purse. As we were pushing them away, they stole our phones out of our pockets. It was horrible. They removed the SIM cards from our phones and made multiple international calls during the period it took for us to get back to the hotel to cancel our phones. Lesson learned, do not carry a purse around the tourist spots in Paris. It just makes you a target for thieves. Put your credit card and phone in an inside pocket.
Written December 14, 2019
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ALB215
Hong Kong, China63 contributions
Sep 2019
The Pont Neuf a beautiful place to visit, especially if you want to walk to Sainte Chapelle. However, on the day I visited, as soon as I walked by the Pont Neuf Metro and stepped foot on the bridge, there were 3 kids plus one female adult. One kid wanted to stop me by holding a clipboard with a paper on it and said, "sign, sign". I did not even stop. He then said, "English?" I kept on walking. But then I sensed that someone (another kid) was trying to open the zip of my backpack. I soon turned around, checked my bag, and sure enough, it was unzipped. But thankfully nothing was lost.

I think this is their strategy: somebody stops you (to sign), another one takes the opportunity to open your bag. (Later in the afternoon I encounter something similar near Louvre. But this time, I was prepared.)

I love Paris. It's such a beautiful place. This is my second time in Paris. However, without exception, every time I am here, I encounter pickpockets.

Tips:
1. Always wear your backpack in the front, or, wrap it around your arm.
2. Use a number lock, or
3. Use a key chain to serve as a lock
All they need is 1 or 2 seconds.
Written September 19, 2019
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Loretta R
Hermosa Beach, CA394 contributions
Dec 2012 • Friends
All the bridges in Paris are charming in their own way, and while Pont Neuf is a comparatively plain arched bridge, it is the oldest and has its very own appeal. The bridge was built in 1606 and is at the western tip of the Ile de la Cite. It was the first stone bridge in Paris not to support houses and was also fitted with bastions that allowed pedestrians to step aside into the small semi-circles at the sides of the bridge to let bulky carriages pass. Because of the bastions, the bridge retains its medieval feel (and also a fairytale feel as the bastions are very much like the Sleeping Beauty’s Castle bridge bastions at Disnelyand—minus the cheesy flags). For the modern tourist the semi-circles now allow for a nice photo spot to step away from the bridge traffic and take a peaceful river picture. The traffic on the Pont Neuf is also not very dense. Tourists tend to cut into the heart of Ile de la Cite rather than the tips—taking Pont au Change or Pont Notre Dame instead since those bridges have a direct path to Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame. That means that Pont Neuf is often a less rushed, more peaceful bridge to use as an access to the island. I recommend that you visit the simple medieval bridge on your way to Ile de la Cite, and enjoy a magical day!
Written January 3, 2013
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