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Pont des Arts, Paris

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A pedestrian bridge, Pont des Arts crosses the Seine River, linking the Institut de France and the central square of the Palais du Louvre. Many lovebirds come here to lock padlocks to the railing or grating on the side of the bridge. They then throw the key into the Seine as a romantic gesture, representing the couple's commitment. Note that the French police patrol the bridge to stop people from throwing keys into the river. Use our Paris trip maker tool to arrange your visit to Pont des Arts and other attractions in Paris.
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  • Nice weather in Paris. I walk along the rue de Seine from Buci to the Institute facing the bridge. I had organized monthly dinners with the President of the Academy of Sciences street of fine arts. Memories. I go back by Mazarine, turn to Visconti, join Bonaparte and Saint-Germain. Nice walk. I love Paris.
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  • Among the many bridges that allow to pass from one bank to the other of the Seine, this one is one of the best known of the multitudes of tourists who discover it with pleasure throughout the year. Alleviated by the weight become worrying about so many padlocks, one admires particularly the lightness of its metal structure and its wooden floor.
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  • A bridge you might cross when you walk from the northern part of Paris to the Eiffel Tower or the other way around. It's a nice photo spot, also the buildings around. There are often musicians to give you a very Parisian feeling while you cross the bridge!
  • Pont des Arts is one several interesting bridges that cross the Seine, connecting the Left and Right Banks. Historically, the first metal bridge in Paris was built here between 1802-04, that bridge was closed for usage in 1977 and then collapsed in 1979. The present Pont des Arts was built in 1984 as a steel reconstruction of the original. In recent years the bridge was noted for the incredible number of padlocks that were attached to it. These were removed back in 2015 I believe due to the incredible amount of weight and strain that had been added to the bridge. Now it is a clean and simple bridge again.
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