Paris may be known as the City of Lights, but it has a dark and mysterious past.
Behind the romantic facade are tales of tortures, imprisonments, beheadings and murders. As we walk through the darkened streets and narrow alleyways, you'll learn of the murderous medieval barber who inspired Sweeney Todd, as well as the experiments of alchemist Nicolas Flamel and his search for immortality through the Philosopher's Stone, depicted by J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter.
On this 1.5-hour tour, you'll also see Paris' first psychiatric hospital and hear the tales that surround it, as well as learning the real story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and discovering how the Paris morgue became the epicentre of the city's social scene in the 19th century.
We'll bring to light the dark history of the city’s horrific past – this is Paris as you've never seen it before!
- Start point
- Place Saint-Michel
On this 1.5-hour walking tour we cover:
- Hotel Dieu, the first psychiatric hospital in town
- The real Hunchback of Notre Dame
- The site of the old Paris morgue
- The real-life Sweeney Todd
- The alchemist Nicolas Flamel and his search for the Philosopher's Stone
- St Jacques
- The prison of the Grand Chatelet
- Public executions at the Town Hall square