Paris Travel Planner   Pont Neuf, Paris, France
Paris's oldest bridge is called the Pont Neuf, or New Bridge, though it was built between 1578 and 1607.




Paris's Pont Neuf is actually looking quite new these days because of extensive restoration work. Its golden stone glows in the warm light of an autumn sunset.

Crossing the Seine at the downstream (western) end of the Île de la Cité (map), the Pont Neuf is your means of access to the charming little Square du Vert-Galant, a tiny park at the tip of the island with benches, bushes, and space for a picnic or a chat:

Square du Vert-Galant, Paris, France

  Statue of Henri IV, Paris, France
  Look for Henri IV on his horse...

Look for the grand equestrian statue of Henri IV mid-way across the bridge. Behind the statue, narrow stairs descend to the Square du Vert-Galant.

Also here is the dock for the Vedettes du Pont Neuf, some of the better River Seine cruise boats. More...

As you look toward the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, you'll notice the Pont des Arts, a lovely footbridge with fabulous views of Paris. Although it was the focus of "love locks," as thousands of tourists declared their love by putting a lock on the bridge and tossing the key in the Seine, the locks have now been removed—but unfortunately you'll see many of them near the statue of Henri IV. This is both disrespectful and dangerous. Please help protect this beautiful city! More...

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The River Seine

No Love Locks

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Pont Neuf, Paris, France

Pont Neuf in Paris,
looking newer than ever.

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