True Crime Stories in Paris
We invite you to put on your best detective's apprentice's hat and uncover some of the most infamous stories of counterfeiting, burglary and murders from the 19th and 20th centuries. Your guided investigation will take you through the 9th, 2nd and 1st arrondissements whose streets set the stage for some of the most notorious and chill-inducing events as well as quirky stories; did you know a crocodile was once found in Paris’ sewers?
Throughout the tour, you will not only discover Paris' criminal past but also find out how the press and works of fiction used these true stories and reinvented them and how they shaped Paris' police with the development of dog squads and forensic science.
The tour starts at the Opera Garnier, which was built following an assassination attempt. It then goes on to the economic heart of Paris: the Grands Boulevards and the Bourse. It ends in front of Paris police headquarters near the Notre Dame Cathedral on Île de la Cité.
Meeting point & walking distance
Meeting point: Opera Garnier, Pl. de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris.
Meet your guide at the stairs of the Opera Garnier.
Is this tour appropriate for my whole group?
We do not recommend taking the tour with young children or sensitive individuals as the guide will occasionally describe details of murders and crimes. Please note this is not a horrific tour though.
Is this tour manageable for visitors with walking disabilities?
All of our city walking tours welcome travelers with limited mobility or those in wheelchairs. Your private guide can adjust the tour to your needs, which we are happy to do!