Of vampires and deathly labyrinths, gargoyles and old ghosts that still roam the streets, Paris also is an eccentric city with some dark history. Here are some offbeat activities in Paris that may interest you.
Catacombes de Paris
Fancy taking a walk below the ground amidst the remains of 6 million human beings? The catacombs of Paris are a series of underground burial sites that attract many visitors who wish to enjoy a morbid side of this romantic capital.
Timings: 10AM to 8PM Tuesday to Sunday (Monday Closed)
Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures
It would be difficult to ignore the museum of Vampires and legendary creatures once you hear about it. This establishment houses Jacques Sirgent’s collection of artifacts of his lifelong research on vampirism and occidental folklore. Safe to say, this is one of the offbeat things to do in Paris.
Timings: Reservation Required
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59 Rivoli is a building that houses many artist studios and includes a gallery on the ground floor. A more immersive experience compared to traditional galleries, here you can wander into the working world of an artist rather than just look at finished displays.
Timings: 1PM to 8PM Tuesday to Sunday (Monday Closed)
The Gravestone Courtyard
A nice stop on offbeat tours in Paris, the gravestone courtyard is a macabre landmark near the Notre Dame, where old medieval gravestones were used to tile the ground. You can spend some time here on all fours, trying to decipher the inscriptions on the stones in this medieval remnant of Paris.
House of Nicolas Flamel
Offbeat Paris cannot get stranger than the House of Nicolas Flamel, which is also a restaurant. The old stone building belonged to France’s most famous alchemist and now is a landmark that attracts connoisseurs of the occult and magic from all over the world.
Paris is not just a destination; it is a muse and a phenomenon built on the genius and eccentricities of its many citizens, some famous and some strange. The French capital is a place where you can find everything and every corner you turn will hold a surprise.
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