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Pont des Arts

Paris’ Arts Bridge, or Pont des Arts (sometimes known as the Passerelle des Arts), runs across the Seine River, linking the Cour Carrée (central square) of the Palais du Louvre on the North Bank with the landmark Institut de France on the South Bank.
The famous pedestrian bridge was first erected in 1802 under Napolean I, but today’s design dates back to 1984 when it was rebuilt following a series of boat collisions and collapses.

Designed by Louis Arretche, the metal arched bridge has not only become an important landmark of old age Paris, but a popular vantage point, affording spectacular views along the Seine. With its wide walkway and picnic benches, the bridge has long been used as more than just a crossing point – artists, photographers and painters flock to the area, and the bridge is regularly used for small-scale open-air art exhibitions. In summertime, the bridge is a popular picnic spot and whatever the weather, a nighttime stroll along the Pont des Arts offers up a dazzling panorama of Paris, framed by the magnificent façade of the neighboring Louvre.

A more recent tradition is the hanging of padlocks from the bridge’s metal fencing – a symbolic gesture carried out by couples who seal the padlock then throw the keys in the river. While the custom is hardly endorsed by the Parisian government, the bridge is nevertheless adorned with hundreds of lovingly clasped padlocks, many inscribed with the names of their one time owners, and many see it as a fitting tribute to the famous city of romance.

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Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Paris, null
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Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4489 Reviews

Discover the sights of Paris on a Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour! Aboard an open-top, double-decker bus, admire panoramic views of top Paris attractions including ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Classical Route :2h25 minutes 
Montmartre Route :1h15 minutes

From USD $36.51
Skip The Line Eiffel Tower Ticket Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour and River Cruise, Paris, Hop-on Hop-off ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Skip The Line Eiffel Tower Ticket Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour and River Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 60 Reviews

Enjoy Paris at your own pace with a 1 or 2 day hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus pass. Hop off at the Eiffel Tower and skip the notorious lines of people waiting ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Flexible

From USD $112.96
Private Tour: Paris Historical Walking Tour and Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum with Guide, Paris, ... 
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Private Tour: Paris Historical Walking Tour and Skip-the-Line Louvre Museum with Guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 264 Reviews

Discover the fascinating history and picture-perfect beauty of Paris on this private walking tour led by an expert local guide. Starting on historic Île ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $238.47
Professional Photo Shoot Walking Tour in the Center of Paris, Paris, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Professional Photo Shoot Walking Tour in the Center of Paris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

Take a walking tour through the center of beautiful Paris, all while documenting your memories by a professional photographer! Enjoy the famous sites and take ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $228.20
Private Paris City Tour and Louvre with Interactive Audio guide, Paris, Custom Private Tours
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Private Paris City Tour and Louvre with Interactive Audio guide

Discover Paris and the Louvre in a fun way with an interactive audio guide. Be picked up at your Paris hotel and see the city's main monuments (the Opera ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Flexible

From USD $682.00
City Sightseeing Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Paris, Private Sightseeing Tours
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City Sightseeing Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19668 Reviews

Discover Paris at your leisure with a one- or two-day ticket on this City Sightseeing Paris Hop-on Hop-off Tour. Create your own itinerary as you see the most ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 1 or 2 days

From USD $37.65
Paris Night Bike Tour, Paris, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Paris Night Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2571 Reviews

Paris Night Bike Tour is perfect for both those new to the city and Parisian veterans. For the beginners, this tour will offer you a fantastic orientation and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Approximately 4.5 hours

From USD $50.20
Small Group Paris Half Day Audio Pen City Tour and Sightseeing Cruise, Paris, Bike & Mountain Bike ... 
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Small Group Paris Half Day Audio Pen City Tour and Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Enjoy a pickup at your hotel in a luxury minivan in this small-group city tour of Paris with an interactive audioguide. Embark on a one hour sightseeing river ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Small Group Paris City Tour and Louvre with Interactive Audio guide, Paris, City Tours
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Small Group Paris City Tour and Louvre with Interactive Audio guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Discover Paris and the Louvre in a fun way with an interactive audio guide. Be picked up at your Paris hotel and see the city's main monuments (the Opera ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: Flexible

From USD $116.00
Paris 3-hour Sightseeing Bike Tour, Paris, City Packages
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Paris 3-hour Sightseeing Bike Tour

Starting on the right bank of the river Seine with a bike, the first crossing point is the Pont Notre-Dame as the adventure to discover Paris’s winding ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.79

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