European Heritage Days 2020 at Paris Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione

Published by Anne-christine C. · Photos by Laurent P. · Published on 21 September 2019 at 19h19 · Updated on 14 September 2020 at 22h29
For the 37th edition of European Heritage Days, show fans are expected on Sunday September 20, 2020 at the Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione. On the menu: an exclusive tour of the circus to discover the magic happening backstage!

For the 37th edition of European Heritage Days, children and adults are invited to discover the Cirque d’Hiver Bouglione, taking part for the second time in the event on Sunday September 20, 2020. Oldest working circus in the world, it offers you to go backstage and enjoy guided tours.

An emblematic circus from the Parisian show universe filled with history… The Cirque d’Hiver was born on December 11, 1852 thanks to the Duc de Morny, prince Louis Napoleon’s half-brother and architect Jacques Hittorf. An impressive building since it measures 42 meters wide and counts up to 40 windows scattered on 20 sections all around the building – it’s actually an icosagon, naming a twenty-sided polygon. It’s actually here, in 1859 that the flying trapeze was born, an act created by Toulouse-based Jules Léotard. More recently, in 1934, the Bouglione brothers take over the circus as we know it today.

For European Heritage Days 2020, the circus invites families and other curious to come over and discover what happens behind the scenes with guided tours held on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., only by registration. The occasion to discover one of the most beautiful venues in Paris… Let’s book, friends, shall we?

European Heritage Days 2020 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:

And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On 20 September 2020
From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.



    110 rue Amelot
    75011 Paris 11


    Official website

    01 47 00 28 81