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Sewers of Paris (Les Egouts de Paris)

Pont de l'Alma, Paris, France (Eiffel Tower / Invalides / Palais-Bourbon)
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Ranked #219 of 502 Activities in Paris
Type: Tours, Walking tours
Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: For an alternative view of Paris, take the hour-long tour that is offered of the 1,300 miles that make up the Parisian sewer system.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
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Top Contributor
243 reviews 243 reviews
90 attraction reviews
360 helpful votes 360 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

In 1985 I went to Paris and didn't have a chance to see the Sewers. It's been on my bucket list ever since. I finally got to go this last summer (29 years later), and I wasn't disappointed. My wife was hesitant because she was concerned that it would be really gross. Turns out, it wasn't gross at all. It's... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I bought the 2-day museum pass so I had to visit a certain number of museums each day. My husband and I walked passed by this little place while walking along the seine river. The entrance of the museum is really weird. A ticket booth with stairs leading visitors down the stairs into the underground. The museum shows you how... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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618 reviews 618 reviews
488 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Yea there is a little odor down in the sewer but it is very faint. It is interesting to see how they clean the sewer an how it has all developed

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Toronto, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We did NOT find the sewers very smelly. Instead, they were fascinating! - with only FAKE rats in display cases! The self-guided tour gives you a new appreciation of what is under our feet and of those who work under our cities. The experiences highlights the on-going struggle to supply clean water to people everywhere, not only now, but throughout... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We went in July, hot day, did not smell terrible. Yep, damp, musty, the idea of it flowing just below your feet, but not "Oh my Gawd!" like I've seen in other reviews. Short or no line. Near enough to the Eiffel tower, along the river. So, basically a bunch of placards that describe the history of organized Parisian sewers... More

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

While this is not the most interesting sounding tour, it was a fascinating view of the history of the city of Paris. The actual tour is on your own and can be dull if you choose not to read all the signs, but the reading is the best part of the tour! We followed the self guided tour pamphlet and... More

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Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

For some reason I thought that there were a series of interesting catacombs and such... nope... just a few tunnels and such with signs explaining a bit of history of ... well of poop in Paris! :-) It's not a very big place really. Worst of all though we had a Paris musee pass we had to line up for... More

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Gainesville, GA
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89 reviews 89 reviews
20 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Self guided, no idea about anything and gross! Not worth the time or Euros to do this. If someone would have explained the process it would have been decent.

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San Francisco, California
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111 reviews 111 reviews
23 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Well, we ended up here on the recommendation of an associate who thought this was an unexpectedly interesting tour. I would say if you have specific interests in city engineering or planning, or the history of sewer systems, or walking around in damp (and sometimes kind of smelly) tunnels looking at displays explaining the history and functioning of the Paris... More

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5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

An interesting tour of how the sewers developed in the city. I did not think it smelled that much, just a little. Mouth breathe if you think it smells. No poo that I saw but hey it is a "sewer tour". Impressive display boards in English on the history of the sewers. Enjoyable 45 minutes of something a little different.... More

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