En 1810, las minas de Montrouge se convirtieron en catacumbas. Debido a la falta de espacio para la construcción de cementerios en París, es aquí, a unos 20 metros bajo tierra, que descansan y son exhibidos los restos de seis millones de parisinos. Estos osarios, decorados con distintos textos, crean un ambiente escalofriante y describen algunos de los eventos históricos de París al mismo tiempo que dan qué pensar a los turistas. Durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, esta red de galerías fue utilizada como escondite para el movimiento de la Résistance; su enormidad y la discreción de las entradas fueron grandes ventajas. En la actualidad, los pasajes subterráneos le permiten a los turistas explorar la verdadera París subterránea. ¡No se lo pierdan!
Conozcan las modas de hoy y de ayer en el Musée Galliera. Este espacio abrió sus puertas en 1894 y pasó por varios estadios antes de albergar las 70.000 piezas de moda e historia que se ven en la actualidad. Encontrarán ropa, joyas, arte y demás maravillas que le pertenecieron a la realeza y a las más grandes estrellas de la historia. París es la capital de la moda, ¡y esta exposición es imperdible!
Theatre Guignol Anatole puts on delightful puppet and marionette shows that are perfect for the whole family. Located in the Parc Des Buttes Chaumont, Theatre Guignol Anatole was established in 1836 and the theater has perfected the art of traditional French marionette plays. These shows are entertaining whether you are 4 or 40. Concerts are occasionally held at the venue as well.
Musée des Arts Forains was established in 1996 by Jean-Paul Favand, celebrated actor and art director. Breathing new life into a rustic warehouse at Les Pavillons de Bercy , this museum is an expression of allure and an ode to fairground art. Explore the scene for fairytale unicorns, magic fountains, distorting mirrors, regal theater props, opulent chandeliers and Belle Époque artifacts. The wonderland woods are replete with cottages and a Baroque castle that are reminiscent of fairytale classics. This museum also features a collection of 19th-century fair objects like stalls, carousels and other carnival rides.
Home to the annual Harvest Festival, Clos Montmartre is a charming Montmarte vineyard dating back to 1933. Spread over an area of 1500 square meters (16145.9 square feet), this hilltop winery sells a variety of wines for a good cause. Proceeds benefit a number of charities throughout the city. Clos Montmarte is open to the public every day of the week and is an excellent destination to experience a vineyard in the heart of Paris.
Among the various bridges spanning the Seine, the Pont des Arts is without doubt one of the most romantic, its all-metal structure providing a link between the Louvre and the L'Institut de France. This delightful little footbridge, built during the 18th Century, has always been a pedestrian bridge. Originally, a tollgate was installed at each end, ensuring that access was only given to the upper classes. The bridge faced destruction during the world wars, however, in 1981, it was restored to its former glory.
Hop aboard one of Batostar's electric vessels for a tour of the Seine and its islands. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Paris as you cruise through the city and take in the centuries of architecture and culture. The on-board bar and lounge offers light refreshments and delicious drinks. You can even book a vessel for a private event. Visit the website to find out times and pricing information.
Pont de l'Archeveche carries the distinction of being Paris's smallest road bridge, first erected in 1828 and still in frequent use today. With stunning and relatively uncommon views of Notre Dame Cathedral, Pont de l'Archeveche is an uncrowded place to sit and watch the Seine roll by on a nice day. Look for padlocks engraved with couples' initials clamped around the wrought iron lattice of the bridge's guard rail.
This dimly lit, subterranean museum of magic offers many things to bewitch a young mind. But while Musée de la Magie is filled with numerous interesting curios and props that track the history of magic from the 18th Century to the present (think magic wands and early Ouija boards), children will doubtless be primarily intrigued by the interactive games, optical illusions and other hands-on "magic" items that are scattered throughout the museum. In addition, a magic show, performed several times daily, is included in the price of the ticket. Don't miss it: the kids will love it, and so will you.
The Museum of Medical History, located in the former University of Medicine’s library built in 1905, in the heart of the Latin Quarter of Paris, invites you to discover the history of medicine and surgery, from antiquity to the 19th Century. Over 1500 objects are on display in windows, all unique and bizarre. They show, chronologically, the origins of medicine. A dis-mountable anatomical dummy made of lime wood, and composed of over 3000 sculpted pieces (on Bonaparte’s order), stands at the museum entrance and welcomes the visitors on their way towards a strange journey.
Built in 1811, Carreau du Temple is one of the oldest markets in the vicinity. The market took its current form of iron, brick, and glass from the original wooden block. Now, there is an auditorium with a seating capacity of 250 and is used to showcase live events through the year. The footfalls at this historic market make it even better for the event organizers as they are normally flooded with people.