Put a Love Lock on Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris

In the beautiful Italian region of Cinque Terre, Peter and I strolled the Via Dell’Amore, also know as Lover’s Walk. Along this romantic seaside path there were padlocks attached to the chain linked fences, a place where couples could bring their own locks to secure their love. I didn’t have a padlock at the time, so we did not lock our love in Italy.

That wasn’t going to happen in Paris.

The Paris Pont des Arts bridge, near the Louvre, has love locks too. Thousands of them. Many more than I ever saw along the Via Dell’Amore trail.

Apparently, everyone wants to lock their love in one of the most romantic cities in the world. Me too.

We bought a small gold lock, which had three keys attached, for five euros from a brilliant vendor who stood at one end of the bridge. The merchant even supplied a selection of colored markers to write our tender message with.

I penned a simple Pete ❤️ Annette. Pretty standard stuff. That’s about as romantic as we get.

There were clusters of locks clipped to almost ever nook on the Pont des Arts bridge, which made it hard to find the perfect location to secure our devotion.

After pacing up and down the bridge a few times, I ended up selecting a spot that was not on the chain portion of the fence, instead it was attached to another padlock, so it perfectly dangled.

We then threw our 3 keys that came with the lock into the Seine river, so the lock could never be reopened, securing the love forever.

I double checked Pete’s hands to make sure he actually tossed the key into the water and didn’t stick it in his back pocket.

Our love is now officially locked. At least in Paris.

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16 thoughts on “Put a Love Lock on Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris”

  1. This is actually vandalism and is enforced by the Paris authorities. If you wouldn’t spray paint the bridge, don’t leave a padlock on it. It’s destructive to the property and is encouraging expansion of this practice to monuments like the Eiffel tower. The local authorities have already boarded off the Pont des Arts area because the locks are causing structural problems for the bridge.

    Just remember etiquette when you’re a guest in another country/city. Vandalism is not courteous, nor is it romantic.http://www.citymetric.com/horizons/paris-has-replaced-padlocks-pont-des-arts-padlock-themed-graffiti-1113

  2. I am going to be in Paris in August 2018 Where can I see a bridge that has locks on it? I looked online to find out but it looks like they have stopped this and took all the locks off bridges.

  3. Hi Annette,

    great content here as usual!

    Let me just give an update on this subject if you don’t mind :-)

    Actually, putting locks on bridges is seen here in Paris as a very rude and disrespectful tradition to the city.

    People are no longer allowed to put “love locks” on the bridge since 2015, and the fences have been replaced with glass fences since then.

    There are other lock-bridges in Paris but the city doesn’t want people to do that anymore as it became dangerous (fences with locks became as heavy as 20 elephants!) and is considered as vandalism, a degradation of the city architecture and heritage sites.

    More explanations in the FAQ section of this article: https://travelcenter.io/firas/paris-most-beautiful-bridges

    The city asks the tourists to find other romantic activities and souvenirs instead of putting locks in public places. Some of these new activities include for example a selfie in front of the Wall of Love near Montmartre, a stroll on La Seine during sunset, or a classy dinner at a classy restaurant.


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