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"Stop! This is the Empire of the Dead!" warns the greeting sign at the Catacombs, Paris' ancient tunnel network turned mass tomb. Only parts of it are open to the public, and the rest is rife with Parisian rebellion, romance, and idealism!
18th century Parisian cemeteries were so full that they were spoiling the city's wine and milk! Soon after, six million bodies were transferred to the city's ancient underground quarries.
People have long believed the Catacombs to be haunted. Most accounts can probably be attributed to smugglers making ghastly noises to scare citizens into staying out!
Since the network of underground tunnels is so vast, it's hard to dig deep foundations for new buildings. That's why Paris is counted among the most low-lying capital cities.
The French Resistance used the Catacombs to hide from the Nazis, who struggled to infiltrate them since they didn't have maps. One urban legend tells of a military unit vanishing into thin air!
People often enter the Catacombs illegally to party or paint murals. An entire cinema was even discovered. The electricity had been cut, with a note saying "Don't try to find us!"
If you want to avoid queuing for hours, your best bet is to book a skip-the-line guided tour in advance. Failing that, arriving 30 minutes to an hour before it opens (Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00AM to 8:00PM) will cut the wait significantly.
A good (legal!) tour of the Catacombs should take two to three hours.
The chances of getting dirty are high, so dress down and wear comfortable shoes. Rest assured that there'll be at least six million people down there looking worse than you do!
- When to visit10:00AM to 8:00PM on Tuesdays to Sundays. Last entry is at 7:00PM.
- What is the price?€10 entry for the Catacombs and the exhibition, which can be combined with entry to the crypt for €15 altogether.
- Will I need a guide?It will definitely help. It's worth checking out our best-selling tours.
- How to get thereDenfert-Rochereau, accessible on metro line 2 as well as RER B, is the nearest station.
- Additional tips*Wear good walking shoes, but fancy clothing is not recommended! *Last entry is at 7:00PM
What People Are Saying About Paris Catacombs
So glad I bought this - the line was over 2 hours long, and with this skip-the-line I got inside within 2 minutes. Definitely recommend this - the Catacombs are incredible!
The Catacombs were super cool to see up close and personal. Loved the audio guide it gave so much history. And of course skipping the long line on a cold November day was a plus.
The skip the line ticket was well worth it. I debated whether or not it would be worth it since we were in Paris in early November and that is one of the least busy tourist times. The line was easily over an hour long when we went though, so we were extremely happy that we decided on skipping the line! The audio guide was a nice touch as well. The Catacombs themselves are pretty amazing and worth the visit. So much history (and bones) are down there!
Great experience and was so good not to wait in the huge line. We had some jealous faces look at us go straight in. Highly recommended
I really liked this tour. A bit creepy but not scary. Amazing how many people's remains are stored here. Lots of stairs and a good deal of walking as the catacombs are quite long so be in decent shape or pass this tour. A must see when in Paris. Buy your ticket before attending or you will wait in long lines.