The Paris Catacombs, Paris

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One of the most astonishing sights in Paris, The Paris Catacombs 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 Paris Catacombs and get the most from your holiday in Paris, create itinerary details personal to you using our Paris trip planner.
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  • There are so many fabulous things in Paris to see and do and this isn’t one of them if this is your first or second visit to Paris. Two of our teenagers blew through this so fast. The other one...  more »
  • Few queue because you have to book your visit online on this covid period. Very interesting and enriching because it is the history of Paris underground. Millions of skeleton fragments that are...  more »
  • When in Paris, do not miss the (public part of the) catacombs. Visiting is an otherworldly experience, in every sense of the word.  more »
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  • This was one of the coolest things we did in Paris. The history is very fascinating. Definitely recommend buying the skip the line tickets (AKA timed entry) or you will be waiting in a long line. When we got there, the non-timed entry line was over 100 people. We only waited 5-10 minutes in the timed entry line where there were only 4 people in front of us. You can buy the tickets right off their site, so it's definitely worth it and no additional cost.
  • I bought the skip-the-line tickets from its official website. When our taxi driver pointed a huge line to us as we approached the site, everyone in our group was so happy that we already had the time-specific tickets. (So please do it to avoid the waiting.) We were able to get in in less than 15 minutes. It was chilly down there, but if you keep walking, wearing a T-shirt will be just fine. There are already so many pictures just a click away, but you need to see for yourself to experience this.
  • Pretty interesting. I’m hugely thankful that I bought onto an English speaking tour to learn some history of this place beyond an audio guide. Our guide was amazing—Guy from City Wonders. There was one small snafu however—upon entering with our group, 6 of us at the end were singled out and told to go by entry tickets (our tour included entry). We viewed it as a scam to extract and extra $14 out of us, and 4 of us paid and 2 were escorted out by security. There was a very small older man working security who was extremely unkind and NOT a people person. He ruined the experience for some of us left behind (especially the 2 who were forced to leave if they weren’t buying tickets). It was extortion at its finest. But it’s a museum owned by the city, so one can’t be too mad. It was an interesting tour. The flights of stairs I had to walk up at the end almost killed me though. LoL. I realized how out of shape I really am.
  • My family of 4 (including a 4 and 6 year old) visited here in early September. I highly advise buying the timed- access tickets so you don't have to wait in line. I also strongly suggest making your children use the restroom above ground before venturing down! It's like 135 steps down a wide, well-lit spiral staircase to get to the catacombs, and the audio tour is handy to learn about this unique space. The areas with bones are fascinating and have many fantastic photo opportunities. The staff are friendly and will help you find good photo places. If my 4 year-old hadn't screamed about needing to pee, I could have spent hours below ground, but since he did, we finished in less than one. I was comfortable in a tank top and capris and didn't find it cold (and we're from Florida). Absolutely amazing experience, so glad we did it, and highly recommend. Also, the gift shop is cool.
  • Love this unique place! It took more than 10 min. just to walk down flights after flights of stairs. And then long winding passages to reach the catacomb. Speaking of suspense and bone chilling anticipation! Well worth the entrance fee and long waiting time!

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