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Mysteries and Legends of Paris

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Total time
2 h 30 min
Meeting point
In front of the fountain Saint Michel. Look for a yellow umbrella.
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They say that Paris is the city of light. That may be very true today, but the light was introduced to Paris quite late and in order to prevent its rebellious spirit from taking action. Before it all happened, the streets of Paris were shady and certainly not a place you would want to be alone after dark. Until today, in the bright and wide Parisian boulevards lurk old mysteries and dark secrets that are reluctant to come to the surface. Their world, a world of musty streets and crumbling hovels, has disappeared from the face of the earth, but it lives on in stories and tales. And those are the ones we want to evoke during this walk. Ghosts of the past will once again walk with us along the seemingly peaceful streets of the city. 

Are you ready to discover the dark, medieval face of Paris? Our walk will have two main themes. We will dive deep into the sphere of esoteric, magic and occult and tell you tales and legends too creepy and bloody to include them on the main free tour. You will learn stories of alchemists, mysterious characters associated with Paris like the man in the iron mask and the Templars, catacombs, the secrets of Notre Dame, murders, tortures, and executions. 

Join us and dare to step into the dark side of Paris, allegedly the city of lights.

During this tour, you will see and discover:

  • Mysteries of the Notre-Dame Cathedral

  • Legend of the Bloody Barber

  • Public Executions: Town Hall Square 

  • La congerie

  • ︎The tower of Saint Jacques

  • ︎Catacombs (the first cemetery in Paris: Place des innocents)

  • And much, much more

Additional Important Information
  • professional local guide 
Ticket Message


  • Meeting Point: In front the metro exit 2: Place Saint Michel. Look for a yellow umbrella.
  • Start Time: Participants are expected to show up 5 min before the start time.
  • Language: English
  • There is no need to print your booking confirmation.

Thank you for choosing Walkative! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Meeting Point
In front of the fountain Saint Michel. Look for a yellow umbrella.

Booking is obligatory. Walkative! free tours are designed for individual travelers and small groups. In the best interest of our visitors we aim to keep our free tours relatively small. Hence, we cannot accept parties of more than 7 people on our regular free tours and guides have the right to deny participation to such groups. If you travel in a party of 8 or more please book a Private Tour. For more information please contact us.

Wonderful tour!

Rated 5 out of 5
1 week ago

Thank you Eva for an informative and funny walking tour of the magical and macabre history of Paris.

Sam F

A brilliant tour - thanks to Eva, our tour guide!

Rated 5 out of 5
2 weeks ago

Can’t recommend this tour enough for anyone interested in the darker side of Paris. Our tour guide, Eva, was a wonderful guide and a mine of information on the some of Paris’ more grisly history.

Derek Flynn

Well done, Eva!

Rated 5 out of 5
2 weeks ago

The tour was great. Eva is very well documented.



Rated 4 out of 5
3 weeks ago


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