The Headless Horseman in Paris

 Explore Montmartre with a walking tour game based on a classic ghost story

2.9 km
Start location
The Moulin Rouge
End location
The Sacré-Cœur church
1.5 hour(s)
Age rating

79 kr

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This tour is not available in Deutsch

Read this in — English

This tour is not available in Deutsch

Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge (the red mill) opened in 1889, and became world famous for its can-can dance shows. The original venue was destroyed in a fire in 1915 and rebuilt in the 1920’s.

Ichabod's home

This street, Rue Aristide Bruant, is named after the French cabaret singer, comedian, and nightclub owner, who was a fixture of the Montmartre nightlife in the late 1800’s.

Ichabod's school

This grey stone building is the public Lepic school. A bit further down the street, at nr 54, is the apartment where Vincent van Gogh lived with his brother Théo from 1886-1888.

Place Émile Goudeau

This square was renamed from Place Ravignan to Place Émile Goudeau in 1911. Up the stairs is Bateau-Lavoir; the squatted building where Picasso and many other artists set up workshops.

A Montmartre windmill

This windmill was owned by the Debray family in the 1800’s. During the sieges of 1814 and 1870, members of the family were killed and nailed to the wings of their mills for defending them.

Allée des Brouillards

Allée des Brouillards, the lane you just walked through, translates to “fog lane” in English. There used to be springs here, which resulted in the area often being enveloped by fog.

Place du Tertre

According to legend, the french bistro was “invented” in this square. If you look under the awning of La Mère Catherine across the square, you can find a memory plaque there.

Rue Saint-Rustique

Rue Saint-Rustique, the alley you just walked through, is the oldest street in Montmartre. It dates back to the 1100’s, when it was simply a path in the village of Montmartre.

Saint-Pierre church

The famous Sacré-Cœur church is on your left, but to your right is the second oldest church in Paris; the Saint-Pierre de Montmartre. It dates back to 1133, while Sacré-Cœur dates to 1914.

Bronze statue

Over this fence, you can see the bronze statue of a young nobleman named Jean-François de la Barre. He was beheaded and burned here in 1766, for not saluting a Catholic procession.

The Sacré-Cœur church

The Sacré-Cœur church was built on this hill in part because of its association with the patron saint of Paris, Saint Denis. He is said to have been beheaded here by the Romans.

Locations you'll visit on this tour:

  • The Moulin Rouge
  • The street where Vincent van Gogh stayed with his brother
  • Place Émile Goudeau, where Pablo Picasso and other world famous artists had their workshops
  • A preserved Montmartre windmill
  • The cozy Place Tertre, filled with bistros and cafes
  • Rue Saint-Rustique, which is the oldest street in Montmartre
  • The Saint-Pierre de Montmartre church, which is the second oldest church in Paris
  • The famous Sacré-Cœur church, with a stunning view of Paris
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