The Lock Bridge (Pont des Arts)

A great bridge to stop at is the Lock Bridge or Pont des Arts in Paris.  This bridge is now a landmark covered in padlocks from visiting couples who have placed a padlock on the bridge as a symbol of their love for each other.  The couple will usually place their initials on the lock and then throw the key away into the river Seine below.  This is a great landmark to stop at if you are looking for things to do in Paris near the Louvre or Notre Dame de Paris. The bridge itself is lined with thousands of locks from previous couples that have made the same visit.  Now becoming one of the cliche things to do in Paris, make sure you come prepared with a lock and make your moment.

The current ‘Lock Bridge’ or Pont des Arts was built between 1981 and 1984 “identically” according to the plans of Louis Arretche, who had decided to reduce the number of arches from nine to seven, allowing the look of the old bridge to be preserved while realigning the new structure with the Pont Neuf. On 27 June 1984, the newly reconstructed bridge was inaugurated by Jacques Chirac – then the mayor of Paris.

Planning a visit to the Pont des Arts in Paris?  Here’s the info you’ll need

LOCATION

Quai du Louvre, Place de l’Institut, 75006 Paris, France

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