Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world that never fails to amaze the visitors with its ultimate charm. Usually, most people go for a predictable tour itinerary on their Paris private tours that include the mainstream attractions like Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame Cathedral, etc. However, if you want to make your trip more adventurous and exciting, you may travel around some of the hidden gems in the city.
Exploring the Petite Ceinture
Petite Ceinture is one of such hidden treasures in the French capital that you may explore during your Paris private tours. It is actually an abandoned double-track railway that was established in the 19th Century and it spans over 30 km around Paris city, both above and below the ground.
The Petite Ceinture rail line was mainly used to transport goods and was functional up to the mid of 20th Century. Later, it got abandoned in the 1930’s after the introduction of metro rails in the city. Currently, the metro lines 6 and 2 barely follow the same route followed by this little belt.
A majority of the track is invisible now because of the enormous growth of around 200 species of flora and fauna. This, however, offers a vibrant appeal against the street arts and the vivid graffiti displayed on the walls here. In fact, one of the main attractions of Petite Ceinture is the phosphorus mushrooms within the darkest nooks of some stretches. Surely, you can click some spooky Instagram-worthy pictures here.
Apart from the glowing mushrooms, you can also see some secret doors on the algae-lined walls in the tunnels of Petite Ceinture. Out of those, some doors open to the bustling city above the track and some doors will lead you to the secret world of catacombs below it.
Even though travelers know about this abandoned railway, only a few people dare to explore the trails. So, visiting this mystifying rail line will be a great option for all the curious bees out there in order to make their Paris private tours special. Note that in case you skipped any of the passage while exploring the place because of the overgrown plants or long tunnels, you are more likely to get lost. In addition, there will be no network coverage or light inside most of the tunnels and some of the areas here are closed to the public as well. So, it will be better to take a tour guide or a group of friends along with you in order to enjoy your adventure to the fullest.