This 2-hour walking tour of Paris uncovers gruesome secrets from the city’s dark past. Learn about public executions, ritual worship and the devastations of the plague. An expert guide narrates chilling stories that are bound to give you a fright.
What to Expect
The City of Lights, home of fashion and the center of French art and culture. But beneath those glittering streets lies a terrible past.
On this 2-hour walking tour you will learn about the city’s darker side as you glance in to its macabre underbelly. Paris has a long and tragic history of murder and execution, of rampant disease among the lower classes, and of bitter wars fought against a corrupt monarchy. The tour rips open the cloak of darkness, as you wind down alleyways and cut through the hushed night.
Your English-speaking guide will take you to sites such as the Place de la Vert Gallant, where the last of the Knights’ Templar was burned at the stake. You will visit St Germain de Auxerrois, where estimates say some 30,000 people were killed in the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.
Your guide will point out places of interest as you stroll, leaving no stone unturned. As you delve into stories of ritual worship, you will learn about characters like Napoleon Bonaparte, Marie Antoinette and Henry IV, as well as the serial killers that once stalked these ghastly streets.
The tour offers a terrific and terrifying opportunity to glimpse a side to Paris that you won’t see advertised on postcards or written about in glossy magazines. It is a rare chance to learn a little more about those who have lived, loved, and murdered on the streets of the City of Lovers.
- Expert English-speaking guide
- Group no larger than 25 people
Meet your guide by the statue of Henri IV, in the middle of Pont Neuf, at the western end of Ile de la Cite. Pont Neuf is the bridge that links Ile de la Cite to both the left and right banks of the Seine in central Paris. The statue is of a man on a horse sitting in the middle of the bridge.
Nearest Metro stops are Pont Neuf (line 7) or Cite (line 4).
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Know Before You Go
Unfortunately this tour is unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. Strollers or baby carriages are also not permitted on group tours.