Henri IV Statue
Vedettes du Pont Neuf
This company runs one-hour cruises year-round from its centrally located dock at the western tip of Île de la Cité; tickets are cheaper...
Musée de la Monnaie de Paris
Due to have reopened after extensive renovations by the time you're reading this, the Parisian Mint Museum traces the history of French...
Taverne Henri IV
One of the few places to drink on Île de la Cité, this wine bar dates to 1885 and lures a fair few legal types from the nearby Palais de...
This new kid on the block is worth the short walk from Notre Dame. The Vowels – spot the letters casually scattered between books and...
Pont Neuf information
Paris’ oldest bridge has linked the western end of Île de la Cité with both river banks since 1607, when the king inaugurated it by crossing the bridge on a white stallion. The occasion is commemorated by an equestrian statue of Henry IV , known to his subjects as the Vert Galant (‘jolly rogue’ or ‘dirty old man’, perspective depending).
View the bridge’s seven arches, decorated with humorous and grotesque figures of barbers, dentists, pickpockets, loiterers etc, from a spot along the river or afloat.
Pont Neuf and nearby place Dauphine were used for public exhibitions in the 18th century. In the last century the bridge became an objet d’art in 1963, when School of Paris artist Nonda built, exhibited and lived in a huge Trojan horse of steel and wood on the bridge; in 1984 when Japanese designer Kenzo covered it with flowers; and in 1985 when Bulgarian-born ‘environmental sculptor’ Christo famously wrapped the bridge in beige fabric.