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The Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge across the Seine, connects the Louvre with the Latin Quarter while offering some of the city's most stunning views. It is also known as the Lover's Bridge since... Read More
The Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge across the Seine, connects the Louvre with the Latin Quarter while offering some of the city's most stunning views. It is also known as the Lover's Bridge since lovers have been coming here for centuries to gaze into one another's eyes. In recent years, the phenomena of Love Locks has swept not just Paris but romantic spots throughout the world. Alas, this bridge, however, became one of the epicenters for this cultural tradition and its 19th c. railings crumbled this past summer under the weight of all that love, with a few panels even falling into the Seine below. The city is currently replacing these with plexiglass panels along with a friendly but firm campaign urging people to celebrate their #LoveWithoutLocks.
- Romantic Things to Do: "Now that the bridge of lovers has been completely refurbished with glass panels, the views onto the Seine and the scenery in both directions - east and west - are even more breathtaking. A sunset or a sunrise when viewed from this vantage point place you squarely in a Paris picture postcard. And no, you can no longer leave your 'Love Lock' fastened onto the bridge. But you can still seal your love with a kiss while standing on this beautiful Parisian bridge!"
- Free Things to Do: "Last summer the bridge's metal paneling began to give way under the weight of all the Love Locks fastened to them. So the city has started a campaign called #LoveWithoutLocks, a digital wall where you can post your declarations of love."
- Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: When the wind is up and you walk along this "most romantic bridge of Paris," you can hear it whistling through the wooden planks.
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: Gazing at the sunset from this bridge with Notre Dame in one direction and the Grand Palais/Eiffel Tower in another is a timeless moment.