HERITAGE DAYS. This Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17, 2023, the 40th edition of the European Heritage Days opens its doors in Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Lille, Rennes and throughout France. Here are the sites not to be missed in Île-de-France and those near you.

[Updated September 15, 2023 at 5:15 p.m.] The European Heritage Days open the ball this Saturday, September 16 on the theme “Living Heritage” and “Sports Heritage”, the opportunity to discover exceptional places ( Palace of Versailles, Élysée Palace) or usually closed to the public (backstage of the Paris metro or Crazy Horse).

Among the 16,000 monuments that open their doors free of charge throughout France, many sites require a reservation and are taken by storm. In Paris, Lille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille… some 70,000 events are planned. How do you sort through all these options? Discover below our selection of must-see places to visit in Île-de-France and the map to find what to do near you.

Discover the 2023 Heritage Days program thanks to the interactive map which allows you, city by city, region by region, to know what to do near you. Some will take the opportunity to visit a cultural hotspot, exceptionally free of charge, and to enjoy unique activities for an original visit. Others will head towards one of these wonders of our heritage which can only be visited once a year in September.

Museums, castles, palaces, private mansions, institutes, town halls, embassies, theaters and even private homes open their doors. These are places often closed the rest of the year which reveal the behind their decor on this occasion. Combining public and private initiatives, the 40th European Heritage Days on the theme of “Living Heritage” and “Sports Heritage” offer the opportunity to publicize the action of public authorities and present the work of those who act in service of knowledge, preservation and promotion of heritage.

Here is a non-exhaustive selection of places that you can visit in the capital during the 2023 European Heritage Days:

Among the proposals from institutions that open their doors free of charge in the Paris region, here are our TOP 3 visits not to be missed during the 2023 European Heritage Days:

The 40th edition of the European Heritage Days will be held on Saturday September 16 and Sunday 17, 2023. More than 16,000 public and private places will exceptionally open their doors during these two days.