Paris is not always the classy, extravagant, and over-romantic place it is portrayed in movies and books. In the hidden corners of the City are bizarre networks of sewers, catacombs and places which you will find puzzling at first, yet amazing locations to add to your adventures. They are really amazing places to visit in paris
While most tourists flock to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and Notre Dame, there are less crowded places which are good alternatives for you to enjoy your trip to Paris.
These places are so surreal, as if you have entered a portal which takes you to another dimension you never imagined could exist. Paris is not really known for surreal places, but at least it keeps a number of weird places which will truly amaze you.
You will find horrific medical museums, unique taxidermy shops, beautiful cemeteries, erotic historical shops and museums, and many more.
So pack your bags and start a surreal adventure in the City of Lights.
1.Rotary Love Hotel
Located in what was once the Parisian Red Light District, the Rotary Love Hotel keeps sordid secrets tucked behind its lustrous doors. The hotel is just a few minutes away from the Moulin Rouge, which is the symbol of entertainment in Paris.
The hotel is surrounded with various rumors about its lustful past. They said that during its utmost popularity the hotel was once a Belle Epoque bordello or in layman’s term, a well known brothel. Today, even if the hotel keeps its lips tightly sealed about its past, it remains one of the sexiest places to stay the night.
Address: 4 Rue de Vintimille, 75009 Paris, France
2. Le Passe Muraille
La Passe Muraille or translated as “The Passer -through-walls” is one of the most bizarre monuments you will find in Paris. The monument is adapted into several movies and books like in the short story by Marcel Ayme in 1943 and the French comedy film Mr. Peek-a-Boo in 1951.
This monument in Montmartre gives a surreal feeling with its life-sized man who seems asking for help to completely pass through walls, or the eerie thought of a man who can actually walk pass through walls in the night.
Address: Place Marcel Aymé, Paris, 75018
3. Paris Point Zero
You might be thinking what could be surreal about Paris Point Zero. It is just a small octagonal brass plate set in the ground and labelled as the official center of Paris! Nevertheless, most people like to stare at the ground here opposite the Notre Dame Cathedral because of the surreal feeling of being on the landmark considered as the heart, the starting point of all geographical measurement in Paris.
The Paris Point Zero is the central part of the city. It marks the exact spot from which all distances throughout France are measured (in relation to Paris).
Honestly, there are weird activities that many people do while standing in this “Point Zero”, which I, myself find unusual. For instance, some Parisian tourists spin on it on one foot while making a wish – for good luck. There are couples who kiss while standing together – for a blessed relationship, and there are some who touch it to celebrate the time they have conquered Paris (not in the war-like sense of course).
There are other traditions, and most of them radiate the sense of accomplishment and happiness to reach the heart of Paris even once in their lives.
4. Au Bonheur Du Jour
Where is sexual perversion not a perversion? In Au Bonheur Du Jour, your fantasies are allowed and accepted. Au Bonheur Du Jour gallery is a haven of all sorts of erotic art for those who are looking for additional spices for their sexual life. From being a former brothel, the retro vibe of the Au Bonheur du Jour differentiates itself from the other galleries you will find in Paris.
You will find nude photos and paintings of male and female adorning its walls. There are also books, letters, photos, drawings, researches, and sensual anecdotes to choose from. For those looking for an unusual present for their beloved one, one may try Au Bonheur du Jour’s collection.
Address: 11 rue Chabanais 2e, Paris
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 2.30pm-7.30pm
Have you ever been in a shop where you feel like you’ve been taken into the world of a jungle? Deyrolle, a 170-year old taxidermy shop, looks fairly normal at first, but when you start to ascend its stairs, your jaw will drop when you see its stuffed animals of all shapes and sizes, as well as its ancient wooden cases full of insects, shells, botanical prints, and other curiosities crammed together in an unruly way.
The shop has been open since 1831, and since then, it allows visitors to enjoy the view of their products even without buying anything. Their generosity is paid back with the smiles of their awe-struck visitors.
Address: 46 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France
Opening hours: Monday: 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 7pm; Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 7pm
6. Le Musée des Moulages
As its name signifies, the museum is dedicated to “moulages”, or wax models of body parts afflicted with diseases. It was opened in 1867 and begun with drawings and photographs of skin diseases until the museum hired Baretta – a wax fruit modeler. They made him create wax models using papier-mâché of skin diseases to provide a more visual representation of the skin diseases.
The museum is filled with around 5000 wax models of diseased flesh, pus-filled wounds, boiled-covered skins, rash afflicted skins, and casts. Today, the museum contains one of the most important dermatological wax collections in the world.
It is a great place for people who love medicine, and aspiring artists who are interested in the interaction between arts and science. Nonetheless, if you have weak stomach, the dizzying array of horrible skin diseases portrayed by the models is definitely not for you.
Address: 1 avenue de Vellefaux – Porte 14 – Secteur gris 75010 Paris
Opening Hours: It is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM – 5 PM; however you will
have to arrange before your visit.
7. Ghost station of the Paris Metro
The Paris Metro is the most utilized mode of transportation in Paris. It serves more than 4 million commuters daily, and most likely, it is the location where you would least expect to find a surreal spot. On the other hand, behind the bustling noise of the crowd moving to and fro in this public transportation, in its hidden parts lie some stations that have been closed to the public, abandoned, or completely forgotten; hence sleeping behind the busy transit networks of the Paris Metro.
Most of these stations were closed during World War II, and for years they have been made inaccessible and unused, conferring a sense of mystery. Why are these stations closed to the public? And why do they still remain sleeping under the streets of Paris?
8. Villa La Roche
Villa La Roche is a house which is designed with unconventional concepts, which gives it a dreamlike nature. When you enter the house, it seems like you are entering a painting at the same time. The house is a true artwork conveying Cubism and Purism.
The promenade also leads to the piano into a series of wonderfully crafted illuminated spaces, including walls that open, stairs, ramps, balconies, and contracting and expanding corridors which will give you a dynamic three dimensional grid-like perspective in different angles.
Raoul La rouche owned the house. He was a Swiss banker and collector of “avant-garde” art. La Corbusier, a famous architect desinged it. He did this in collaboration with Pierre Jeanneret in 1923, and now, it is the current home of the Foundation Le Corbusier containing about 8,000 original drawings, studies, and plans by Le Corbusier.
Address: 10, square du Docteur Blanche 75016 Paris
Opening hours: Monday 1pm – 6pm; Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
9. Le Musée d’Histoire de la Médecine
Are you a big fan of horrifying films with mad doctors, serial killers, screaming patients, and scary medical instruments? Strolling inside Le Musee d’Histoire de la Medecine will give you goose bumps while observing the creepy medical stuff it keeps.
The museum is full of old medical instruments (from 18th century – 19th century). Medical models like its strange human anatomy model, prosthetic limbs (see the evolution of prosthetics from the 18th century). Several accounts about the different types of the “art of surgery” followed until the end of the 19th century. There are many other medical related collections.
On the second floor, you will find one of the most bizarre and creepiest objects that you will ever lay eyes on. There is a small circular table right by the staircase. At a glance, the table seems to be nothing but a common table. But taking a closer look, you will see an intricate design made of entirely of human body parts! Unbelievable right!?
Address: Université Paris Descartes- 12 rue de l’École de Médecine 75006 Paris
Opening hours: Winter timetable from 1st October: every day from 2pm-5.30pm except
Thursdays, Sundays and bank holidays. Summer timetable from 15 July to 30 September:
Monday to Friday 2pm-5.30pm.
10. JULIEN AUROUZE AND CO.
Rats! The most dreaded species of all. What if you found dead rats hanging inside a shop as decorations? Would you still enter that shop?
The shop of Julien Aurouze and Co. has been open since 1872. It has served hundreds of clients who want to destroy and annihilate these animals. The shop even has a slogan saying “destruction of harmful animals”. Today, the shop stands out from its relatively modern neighborhood.
Address: 8, Rue des Halles, 75001 Paris