Paris is known as being an incredibly beautiful city, but there’s always something hiding behind a beautiful facade. Here are some of my recommendations for creepy sights in the city of light.
Pere LaChaise is located in the city of Paris, and is the largest cemetery within the city limits. As cemeteries go, it’s very peaceful and beautiful, if you find them beautiful, as there are large walkways surrounded with flowers and trees. Over 70,000 people are buried there, including Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde.
Julien Aurouze and Co.
Julien Aurouze and Co. is a pest control shop in Paris with a very famous display of taxidermied dead rats in the shop window. It was also featured in Disney’s Ratatouille, and is a chilling sight. I wouldn’t recommend visiting it as an attraction, but rather if you are close in the area or see it in a tour, as it’s not really something to do, although the shop is still a functioning pest control shop.
Catacombs of Paris
Venturing into the Parisian catacombs was an experience I will never forget. You descend underneath the city to view the remains of over six million people. This experience is very humbling, and reminds you that no matter our status in life, we all end up the same way. This attraction is not for people who are claustrophobic, as it is situated quite a way under the city, and there is a dark walk down. It also is very popular and queues are long, so I would recommend to get there early.
Chateau du Versailles
Now, I’ve never actually been here, although I’d love to go! Versailles is meant to be one of the most haunted palaces in France, being the home of ghosts such as Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, who were beheaded just outside. Marie Antoinette is said to especially haunt her bedchambers, so watch out!
Although the rest of these are great locations to explore on your own, the best way to get a really creepy experience is to go on a ghost walk! I went on this one and it was the best end of our trip because we got all sorts of information from someone who had lived in the city all their life. Walking around the city at night hearing all sorts of creepy stories will easily give you a fright!
Paris may be the City of Lights, but is it also the City of Spooks? Have fun finding out!