The Catacombs of Paris, Paris

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One of the most astonishing sights in Paris, The Catacombs of Paris hold the remains of an estimated six million people's bones in a labyrinth of caverns and tunnels. Under Paris, the stone mines contain a harrowing arrangement of skulls and femurs that form many walls. Some of the arrangements are artistic, such as a heart-shaped outline on one wall, formed with skulls embedded in surrounding tibia bones. Audio guides are available in English that enable you to discover the site for yourself. To visit The Catacombs of Paris and get the most from your holiday in Paris, create itinerary details personal to you using our Paris trip planner .
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  • Me and my fiancé loved it, one of the best eye opening experiences we’ve had, tour guide was fun, informative and straight to the point. This place is family friendly and a great way to spend a few ho...  more »
  • A visit not to be missed at a rather low cost. Count 13 euros entry and 5 euros for the audio guide. Tip: arrive a little before 10: 00 and especially outside the holiday period otherwise you will wait a long time. 200 people can be in the catacombs at the same time. People with mobility reduced or sensitive and who like not enclosed must abstain. More than 100 markets to the descent and the same for the back... But to go back. Temperature of 14 degrees in the catacombs and courses 1 km 500. The site is really impressive and very quiet. All these stacked bones can only open us up to the mark. Men? Women? Children? Death of what? And above all we do not touch! Go there do not hesitate it's a real place and the subway stops just in front of (stop evil Rochereau)
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  • Calm reigns throughout the visit. It is a must-see in Paris, very surprising and moving.
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  • This is one of the best places to visit if you are interested in science and history. The places is really well maintained and is fascinating to look at. You actually have to go down 30m below the ground. Pay extra for the audio guide it is worth it. They don't allow tripods inside and the place is not very well lit so if you are photography enthusiast prepare for high ISO low light photos.
  • Top tips... Get there about half hour before it opens in the morning, or go there around 6pm to reduce the queue wait. We waited about half hour which was OK. If you have to go outside of those times, buy a queue jump ticket, although consider that you will still probably be waiting about an hour Get the audio experience. If you don't, you will pretty much be looking at what seems to be the same thing through the whole walk. You don't need boots or warm clothing etc. If you're 6ft or taller, you will need to watch your head in places. Take a torch if you want to see down the closed off paths. Ask the people in the ticket office about any cool or scary stories... They have some great things to say. I won't ruin it for you. We paid 17 euros I think to get in and we enjoyed it. I'd say its a do once and never again experience but, nonetheless, it was enjoyable.
  • I original bought a ticket online for the 5 May. When I arrived it was closed because of Strike. Still, I went to the Tobacco shop to ask for information and I'm glad that I did. They gave me a new ticket for the next day without paying again. I highly recommend buying the tickets online. It may cost a little more but you don't have to wait that long hours. I showed my ticket next day and was put in an extra short line. I was waiting just about 20 Minutes witch is extremely short for the Catacombs. The staff is very nice and helpful. I also was lucky to get a little private guide tour for free. It was an interesting experience. A place full of history and an unique museum.
  • I stayed around 2 hours in queue and the toor took around 45 minutes. I came very early but I recommend you come 1 hour - 30 minutes before opening to get inside quicker. Although you can book a special time for visiting online and use separate queue that is much faster. It’s very interesting place and a lot of historical information. There are lot of cafes and bistro around so you can have a drink or snack while waiting. You will enjoy so you will not regret to spend a lot of time in queue.
  • It's quite an experience to go in there. However, there's a couple of things you should consider before you try it. First, buy the tickets online so you don't have to queue for hours out there. It can get quite busy during the summer. If you cannot buy the tickets online, then just try to get there one hour before it opens so you can be at the beginning of the queue. Don't wear sandals, there are a couple of puddles on the paths. Avoid taking your backpack, there's a security check before you leave and it can be a little annoying to unpack things at the end. If you are fan of history, bones and peculiar locations then this is your place to go! The walk can take an hour or less, that depends on your pace and the stops you wish to make. There are a couple of great cafés and restaurants nearby if you get hungry while you queue :)
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