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Pont Van-Gogh (Pont de Langlois)
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

Difficult to find on the outskirts of Arles,and situated adjacent to a graffiti covered warehouse type building. One guide book informed us that it wasn't even the same bridge or even in the same place as the one he painted!

Visited September 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

We spent a week in Arles and saw most of the "Van Gogh" sites. This was not the bridge he painted nor was this the site where he painted the bridge. The original bridge was closer to Arles. The current bridge is almost an exact replica. It is located on a canal on the west side of Arles. The canal runs north-south. To access it by walking get a map of Arles and find the road that crosses the canal. You will need to cross the bridge that gets you to the access road that runs parallel to the canal along the west side of the canal. Head south (away from Arles). It is a lovely walk passing several house boats moored along the canal. It seemed like we walked a couple of kilometers along the canal. Although there was no traffic along the way you will pass a few cars parked at the house boats. Do not ask for directions at the tourist office in Arles. They do not know where the bridge is and they will get you very lost. We also found the many road signs pointing to "Pont Van Gogh" to be hopelessly confusing. Many of the Arles maps indicating the location of the bridge are wrong. The bridge is located on an old canal lock that no longer functions. There is a single lane bridge about 20 yards south of "Van Gogh's" bridge. It appears that Van Gogh's bridge is always left in the open position and exists solely as a photo op. The other bridge allows you to cross the canal to see "Pont Van Gogh" from a different perspective. This is probably not the sort of site you would want to see unless you were a fan of Van Gogh's work or unless you liked quiet, leisurely walks.

Visited October 2013
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Hendersonville, Tennessee
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“A little hard to find, but worth it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

Wow, just to be right there and have your picture taken where Van-Gogh painted. Really cool. Our driver had to make a few different attempts to get us there but he kept trying and finally was successful. Worth the extra work.

Visited September 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“As long as you understand what this is and isn't you won't be disappointed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

Knowing this wasn't the real bridge or location we walked here from Arles town centre with an open mind - the walk took around 45 min, the last part along a pleasant canal. This place is in the middle of the countryside with not much in the way of facilities nearby. It is however exactly the kind of quirky thing I really like. Not well signposted or easy to find if you're driving, only the bridge itself and an information plaque marks the point, with a disused and overgrown railway line across the road.. Standing there in the middle of winter with only a couple of other people and a fisherman nearby it was a peaceful place where we had a picnic and then headed back. The bridge itself is not really something to get really excited about even if you are a Van Gogh fan, but it's definitely worth visiting if you're going to Arles. Overall time take including getting to and from the centre: around 2.5 hours. Overall do not expect the earth and you won't be disappointed.

Visited December 2012
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“Worth about 5 minues - knowing it's not the real bridge or location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

Our tour operator (who didn't go along) actually informed us that the original bridge that Van Gogh painted had burned down, or deteriorated, but the tourism board for Arles took a similar bridge and moved it to the river. It's not even in the original spot - BUT knowing that you're seeing a similar era bridge and the setting is rather pretty, it's worth the extra time spent. I actually biked out to it on a sunny day, so that made the trip worthwhile.

Visited May 2013
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