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Printemps Department Store: Secrets & Backstage Guided tour

Printemps Haussmann - Duration 1h30

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This guided tour that takes you behind the scenes of Printemps for the first time, from the basement of the department store to the rooftop terrace, with its breathtaking view of the capital, by way of the famous Art Deco dome.

In 1865, the young entrepreneur Jules Jaluzot and his wife, Augustine, established the "Printemps Department Store" (Printemps meaning “spring” in French), , with the ambition of creating a new temple of fashion and the avant-garde in a rapidly changing Paris. By choosing Boulevard Haussmann, which had just been opened, they undertook a real challenge: the Opéra Garnier was then just a vast construction site, and the hustle and bustle of the Gare Saint Lazare discouraged pedestrians.

It was the beginning of an exciting adventure, marked by a century of societal, technical and architectural revolutions. The crowds rushed to discover the latest innovations: from the first hydraulic lifts to iron and glass architecture to electric lighting, just four years after Edison's patent. Ravaged by fire, threatened by wars, Printemps has witnessed many events and has been the showcase for the inventions of its time.

Behind its façade, which is listed as an Historic Monument, in the depths of the basement, dozens of technicians and craftsmen work every day to maintain this four-building complex spread over 48 levels and total floor area of over 90 hectares. This guided tour will reveal the secrets of the architecture, history and operation of the department store. Designed as a vertical journey, you will discover one of the most beautiful views of Paris from its zinc roofs, before going down into the underground galleries. The vital infrastructure will be revealed in this maze of corridors.

With privileged access to secret passages, you can admire the highlights of Printemps including the floating stairs and the hidden face of the majestic 20-metre diameter glass dome that sits above the 50-metre tall building.

From the sky to the basement, from the Second Empire to the 21st century, from neo-classicism to the contemporary era, via Art Nouveau and Art Deco, omnipresent in its architecture, this tour is a journey to the heart of the heritage of the department store and its transformations over more than 150 years.

Useful information

Booking:
- For groups, this tour is available upon request in French, English, Spanish and Italian
- Private tours can be organized after opening hours : get in touch with our commercial team

Additional information:
- Due to the activity of the place, we cannot guarantee access to all spaces
- No visitors’ cloakroom.
  • Coffea or/and restaurant inside

Access Printemps Haussmann

Address

Printemps Haussmann
64, boulevard Haussmann, Paris 75009

Access

Métro : Havre Caumartin (L9, L3) ou Chaussée d'Antin-Lafayette (L7) ou Saint-Lazare (L3, L12, L13 et L14)
RER : Auber (RER A) ou Haussmann-Saint-Lazare (RER E)
Bus : Havre-Caumartin (L22, L32, L53, L66) ou Havre-Haussmann (L20, L21, L22, L24, L27, L29, L81, L94, L95)