“métro, Expo, Resto”

Break out of the mould of “métro, boulot, dodo” (a French expression that, translated literally, means “Métro, work, sleep”) and get ready for “Métro, expo, resto”, as Babylangues introduces you to a new way of exploring the Paris Métro system. Join us in our quest to discover the various stations dotted across the city. How did they get their name? What are the surrounding neighbourhoods like? What can be found nearby? Some many questions and Babylangues has all the answers!

Pont Neuf

Served by line 7 of the Parisian metro, Pont Neuf is a bustling station on the northern side of the Seine, next to the Pont Neuf itself in the 1st arrondissement. It is one of the oldest stations of the Parisian metro having opened in 1926 and these days, around 1.5 million passengers pass through the station each year.

As well as being located in the heart of old Paris, the station is well-known for the large reproductions of various coins that hang on the walls of the platform. These coins represent the Monnaie de Paris (Paris mint), which is located on the other side of the Seine. The platforms also have a screw press model that is used for making coins and two display windows that encase various real coins.

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What Is There To Do Nearby? 

  • Pont Neuf

The Pont Neuf, despite the name suggesting otherwise, is actually the oldest bridge in Paris having opened in 1607. The bridge has been much renovated over the years and remains as beautiful and iconic as ever.

  • Monnaie de Paris

As mentioned, the station is right next to the Paris mint, which is a government-owned institution responsible for producing France’s euro coins. It is also one of the oldest money-manufacturing institutions in the world having opened in 864 AD. The building is also home to the newly-refurbished museum that holds various ancient coins and medals.

  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Pont Neuf is located only 5 minutes away from the unmissable, iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral. This medieval Catholic cathedral lies on the Île de la Cité and is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. If you come to Paris, you simply have to see the Cathedral!