Paris: Catacombs Skip-the-Ticket-Line Ticket and Audio Guide
- Skip the line
- Duration: 1 hour
- Optional audio guide
"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 waiting for hours, your best bet is to book your tour in advance and skip the ticket line. 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!
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We did the tour with our two kids ages 10 and 16 and they both loved it. Our guide- Michelle was amazing giving us a lot of interesting information and keeping it informative and entertaining at the same time. Thank you Michelle!
Great tour and extremely knowledgeable guide. We were a group with ages ranging from mid sixties to teenagers and everyone enjoyed.
Tristian was a wonderful guide. He was friendly and knowledgeable. We could not have asked for a better experience.
Everything worked great, the audio guide provided the most important information and the catacombs were impressive.
No waiting line, audio guide accessible very quickly and very interesting explanations