Le Marais, the oldest district

Being the oldest and most cosmopolitan district in Paris, Le Marais which means "swamp", became the residence of great personalities. In the 13th century the "Order of the Temple" and many other religious institutions settled down here. From that time to the 17th century, nobles also came along. Its mansions made of this area the most fashionable one in the capital. But its golden ages were interrupted first of all by the departure of Louis XIV from Paris to Versailles in 1682 along with the nobility The abandoned mansions were thus transformed into small industries obliterating the beauty of its classic French architecture. In the early 20th century, Le Marais became more popular when Jewish communities coming from Eastern Europe, mainly as a result of Russian pogroms, made it their home. Much of this past can still be seen.


Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour

Learn about the history of the birth of Le Marais 

Admire several 17th century private mansions

Explore the jewish district and taste some specialties

See 'la place de Vosges" a gorgeous and historical square

Spot the best pita sandwiches and falafel


Certified and passionate Tour Guide

Electronic headphones needed to clearly listen

Small groups of 10 or less

Booklets with activites for children


Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris - Metro line 1 Hotel de ville

Meet your guide at the main door