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The Do's and Don'ts of the Paris Catacombs


The Do's and Don'ts of the Paris Catacombs
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Leah Still Joll is a freelance writer based in San Francisco with a specialty in travel writing. Her favorite destinations include Maui, Sayulita, the Northern California coast, Paris, Morocco, Indonesia, and Western Australia.

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Leah Still Joll is a freelance writer based in San Francisco with a specialty in travel writing. Her favorite destinations include Maui, Sayulita, the Northern California coast, Paris, Morocco, Indonesia, and Western Australia.

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Do book a skip-the-line ticket

Visitors to this popular attraction are limited to 200 at any time, and the wait can get long. Skip the line to bypass the queue so you can maximize your time in Paris.

Do go in the morning

The experience at the Catacombs is the same no matter what time of day you visit, but arriving in the morning means less chance of delayed admission due to crowds.

Do bring a layer

The temperature underground in the Catacombs is about 57° F (14° C), much cooler than Paris in summer. Bring a sweater, jacket, or scarf to help with the chill.

Don't wear heels or other uncomfortable shoes

Exploring the Catacombs requires going down 130 steps and back up 83 steps. Inside, the flooring is rocky and uneven in some areas. Make sure you've got suitable and comfortable footwear to navigate the tunnels.

Don't visit the catacombs if you have certain conditions

You'll be underground in the presence of human bones—visiting the Catacombs is not recommended for those with heart or respiratory problems, those with nervous conditions, or young children who may be afraid.

Don't bring much

There will be no cloakroom or baggage check before you descend into the Catacombs. Walking through the tunnels typically takes 45 minutes, so don't bring anything you don't want to carry.

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