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“Perfect for hopeless romantics!”

Pont de l'Archeveche
Ranked #171 of 1,098 things to do in Paris
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Palo Alto, California
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295 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“Perfect for hopeless romantics!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

Just prior to our arrival in Paris I read that some of the bridge had collapsed (I assume just a section of the railing) from the weight of the locks. It's hard to imagine the whole bridge collapsing - they are extremely sturdy looking when see them from below on a boat cruise. It is worth a visit just to see the abundance of locks - locks attached to locks - locks curling over the railing - and humble hardware store locks mixed in among beautifully engraved locks, colored locks, and locks in the shape of hearts. Fear not if you have forgotten to bring a lock - there are entrepreneurs on the bridge who can sell you one on the spot. The day we were there, it was late afternoon and people were enjoying a lovely summer day and just sitting on the bridge having picnics and enjoying the sunshine. I will also say there was a rather inebriated group of young men who were amusing themselves by removing locks. They had a lock key and were testing it on locks and whenever they got one open they would laugh and cheer. Still, the overall experience is one of promise and devotion. You're bound to cross the Seine at some point in Paris, why not do it via the Lock Bridge?

Visited June 2014
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“Yes they get cut off, but such a lovely romantic gesture anyway.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

Le pont de l'archevêche, also known as le pont des amoureux, also known as love locks bridge, is located just behind the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. It's a stone bridge that was constructed in 1828 as a walking bridge. After the Pont des Arts was cleared of its display of padlocks in 2010, and similarly the Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, lovers started to place their 'love padlocks' on this bridge.

Yes it's a hot tourist spot with local vendors selling locks, and with sharpies in hand. However, it can also be seen as the ultimate romantic gesture to "lock your love" on this bridge for eternity, or at least until the city workers come and cut them all off. Final words, A must do for lovers in the city of love.

Visited June 2014
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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Little Idea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

A nice little place to stop by on your travels. It was nice to have a look through the locks and see what messages people had left behind, and it feels nice to know that you are leaving a little something behind. It really is quite a picturesque scene. The feeling we got while we were there was more than we expected.

Definitely worth a visit and the perfect display for "the city of love".

Visited July 2013
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“Absolutely Brilliant.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

The Love Lock Bridge is quite amazing. There are stories that people want the padlocks removed but in my opinion that would be such a shame, yes, my husband and I bought a padlock, wrote on it and attached it to the bridge, as did our daughter and her partner. It is incredible to see the number of locks on the bridge and to see where some of them are from. What a brilliant piece of multi national / multi cultural display of love, is that not what Paris is known for! There is something timeless and special about this place.

Visited June 2014
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“Romantic bridge x”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

something special and romantic about this bridge! It is situated a 2 Minute walk from Notre Damm. You don't quite realise just how many locks are actually on it until you visit! Locals shops sell locks which you can engrave yourself! If you are visiting paris for romance then give this bridge a visit!

Visited May 2014
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