Le Marais means the swamp in French. This area used to be literally a swamp and a playground for the kings and for the aristocracy, and also home to rejects of the french 17th society.
Today, the quarter is very chic filled with trendy boutiques and old mansions from the 17th century.
It is one of the best preserved quarters of Europe, a great heritage of the Jews of France and the home to many designers boutiques and artist studios: You will see the oldest house of Paris, still preserved, still in use.
You will see the Jewish Quarter, hear stories about the occupation and the jews of Paris, inside 2 hidden synagogues and taste some Ashkenazim Pastries.
Le Marais has at least 4 interesting museums: Carnavalet museum, Picasso museum, Shoah Memorial of Paris, Museum of Jewish History and Art...
At the center, we will discover the beautiful square of Place des Vosges and learn about its history.