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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  • We booked our tickets well in advance . There was a long queue which we managed to skip . Walked down at least 120 steps which was easier than I had anticipated. The catacombs were reasonably lit with...  more »
  • Never this close to the dead......and it's fun (according to my 9 year old) I was on the other hand having kind of Claustrophobia, could not sleep well the night before and was worrying about if the t...  more »
  • No no no! I understand i could be amazing to see but i wish i would have got the tickets online. Don’t make the mistake i did!!  more »
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  • How to visit the catacombs with almost zero people in it. PRE-PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS AND PRINT THEM OUT!! This is very important. I bought my tickets online before I ever left America. The line forms early and gets long very quickly. Because we already had tickets we walked right by everyone at opening and went it. We skipped the audio recordings device to avoided that line also. Once we we passed the crowd we descended the stairs, which are man and steep. Not for weak of knees We were the first people of the day and we got to spend about an hour on our own. No one in our pictures, no one bumping into you. It was amazing. If I ever decide to visit again I will do it the exact same way. The catacombs are beautiful and experiencing them in silence and alone is one of the most humbling experiences of my life.
  • Please buy tickets in advance before going. We arrived around 9.30am on a weekday and waited in the queue for over 3 hours. It’s was recommended as an attraction for family but I don’t think I would bring my children there. If you have older children and children that are brave enough and enjoys Harry Potter movies then definitely. The entrance and exit of the catacombs are different place so do have a map to get back.
  • An unusual and eerie option, but the fact that there are millions of skeletons didn't really register on me. A great visit nonetheless, but beware of the queue! We arrived as it opened and were in the queue a little under an hour. I don't know if advanced/queue jump tickets cost more, but it would probably be worth it. Regular entry was 13e (+5e for audioguide, we didn't get that).
  • Very interesting place. Be aware of you are claustrophobic as some parts are quite small and not much lighting. Get there early. It's close to a train station which is good. Be prepared walking down all those stairs you have to walk them all the way back up haha. Definitely worth it!
  • The Catacombs were so interesting! I recommended doing the audio-guided tour, as it gives you so much history and anecdotes while you walk through. The visit will be about 30-35 minutes. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and maybe a light sweater. I also recommend buying your tickets in advance. We didn't because we just winged our days in Paris. We ended up waiting about 4.5 hours, 1 of which consisted of torrential rain. Looking back, it wasn't so horrible. We made friends from other countries, so that was nice. I wouldn't say the wait was completely worth it, but it was definitely something amazing to see.

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