Dark Tourism in Paris: discover the most frightening places in town

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by Elodie D. · Published on 29 September 2020 at 17h54 · Updated on 29 September 2020 at 17h54
Calling all thrill seekers and dark tourism fans, we invite you to discover the dark side of Paris with places and monuments often kept secret but with a fascinating story.

Paris is the City of Lights, the City of Love, the City of Glamor… But not only! The French capital has another, darker, side tinted with mysteries and strangely fascinating. Paris is a true mine of treasures for Dark Tourism fans a sort of tourism associated with death and tragedy.

To discover Paris in its most intriguing light, there is no need to go far off the beaten track: you only have to know where to go! Many historic monuments and places invite you to discover the darkest secrets of the French capital. Ready for a macabre tour?

Unmissable visits

Les Catacombes de ParisLes Catacombes de ParisLes Catacombes de ParisLes Catacombes de Paris The Paris Catacombs, visit Paris underground quarries
Have you ever ventured to the Paris Catacombs? No, we neither, before a rather pleasant guided tour! This place known by everyone is, let’s just say it, quite freaky, we all picture skulls, looking at us, aligned and making us fear for our lives. After a visit, we can tell you that the Paris Catacombs are not this scary, and we even rediscovered a forgotten part of Paris History, fascinating!

L’Histoire du cimetière du Père Lachaise à ParisL’Histoire du cimetière du Père Lachaise à ParisL’Histoire du cimetière du Père Lachaise à ParisL’Histoire du cimetière du Père Lachaise à Paris The story of the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris
The Père-Lachaise cemetery is Paris biggest cemetery and one of the most visited graveyards in the world. Not matter if it’s for its history, its famous people or its legends, the place is a must you should visit during your stay in Paris.

Balade au Cimetière de Montmartre Balade au Cimetière de Montmartre Balade au Cimetière de Montmartre Balade au Cimetière de Montmartre Visiting the Montmartre Cemetery
The Montmartre Cemetery is the last house of François Truffaut, Jeanne Moreau, Michel Berger, France Gall, Dalida and even Emile Zola. It’s an irresistible and refreshing trip in the Montmartre neighborhood.

L’Histoire du cimetière du Père Lachaise à ParisL’Histoire du cimetière du Père Lachaise à ParisL’Histoire du cimetière du Père Lachaise à ParisL’Histoire du cimetière du Père Lachaise à Paris Cemeteries in Paris
Between contemplation and dive into Paris history, the 8 Parisian cemeteries we’ve selected all deserve to be visited for one hour or more.

La basilique du Sacré-Coeur à ParisLa basilique du Sacré-Coeur à ParisLa basilique du Sacré-Coeur à ParisLa basilique du Sacré-Coeur à Paris Exceptional discovery of The Basilica of the Sacred Heart crypt in Paris
Sacré-Coeur Basilica is a must-see monument in Paris. Every year, over 10 million visitors come, but this spring 2020, it has had to close because of the coronavirus epidemic. Now reopen, you can now go to the cupola and visit the crypt exceptionally open for the 100th anniversary of the basilica.

Little-known

Le cimetière de Picpus, un lieu historique et secret à ParisLe cimetière de Picpus, un lieu historique et secret à ParisLe cimetière de Picpus, un lieu historique et secret à ParisLe cimetière de Picpus, un lieu historique et secret à Paris Picpus cemetery, a historic and secret place in Paris
Picpus cemetery in Paris is an unknown place and yet it represents a part of the history of the French capital. Listed as historic monument, it houses the bodies of people guillotined during the height of the Reign of Terror.

Rendez-vous aux jardins à la Chapelle ExpiatoireRendez-vous aux jardins à la Chapelle ExpiatoireRendez-vous aux jardins à la Chapelle ExpiatoireRendez-vous aux jardins à la Chapelle Expiatoire The Expiatory Chapel in Paris
The Expiatory Chapel is one of Paris hidden monuments. Erected in memory of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, this place is filled with history and worth the trip!

Paris Insolite : le Musée des Moulages de l'hôpital Saint-LouisParis Insolite : le Musée des Moulages de l'hôpital Saint-LouisParis Insolite : le Musée des Moulages de l'hôpital Saint-LouisParis Insolite : le Musée des Moulages de l'hôpital Saint-Louis Quirky Paris: Hôpital Saint-Louis Musée des Moulages
How about visiting a quirky side of Paris? We take you with us, to visit Hôpital Saint-Louis Musée des Moulages, an exclusive place presenting a collection of over 4,800 medical wax figures of dermatologic diseases listed as historic monuments. Not for the faint of heart!

Reopening soon

Musée des Egouts de ParisMusée des Egouts de ParisMusée des Egouts de ParisMusée des Egouts de Paris Paris sewers museum to reopen by late 2020
Paris sewers museum, or Musée des égouts de Paris, is said to reopen by late, 2020. Renovations are said to provide us with a better tour experience, go and discover these novelties as soon as possible.

Insolite : Le Musée Fragonard de l'école vétérinaire de Maisons-AlfortInsolite : Le Musée Fragonard de l'école vétérinaire de Maisons-AlfortInsolite : Le Musée Fragonard de l'école vétérinaire de Maisons-AlfortInsolite : Le Musée Fragonard de l'école vétérinaire de Maisons-Alfort Maisons-Alfort veterinary school Musée Fragonard reopens
Among the most uncommon museums in Paris and Île-de-France, the Musée Fragonard in Maisons-Alfort is one to be visited. Devoted to veterinary medicine, it displays fascinating items and pathologies for curious people who love thrilling discoveries, and passionate people. Careful, this is not for the faint of heart. Meet on September 2, 2020 for the reopening.

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