The Bastille square and the “Marais” district

  • Walking tour

  • 2 hours and a half

  • From 2 to 6 Persons

  • Hôtel de Ville (city hall)

About this Tour

The "Marais" takes its name from the swamps which covered this area at the time when the first gallic tribe settled down in what would become Paris and for many centuries. This where the Parisi won their first battle against the roman legions who caught trapped in the swamps.

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Where we’ll be

What we’ll do

  • Vosges square and its beautiful Louis XIII architecture, where Victor Hugo lived in a house which is now a museum
  • History of the Bastille Jail
  • Visit of Carnavalet Museum
  • Visit of cabinet makers shops along the St Antoine street
  • Stroll in the "de Lappe "street where at the beginning of the 20th century, rich and poor ("the Apaches") mingled to dance in the "bals populaires"
  • Visit of Picasso Museum


  • Meeting point: Hôtel de Ville (city hall)
  • Not included: Entrance tickets for museums or monuments (around 8-10 €). Metro and bus passes. Meals and drinks.