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Sewers of Paris (Les Egouts de Paris)

Pont de l'Alma, Paris, France (Eiffel Tower / Invalides / Palais-Bourbon)
33-1-53-68-27-81
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Ranked #176 of 433 activities in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

I went to les egouts many years ago so I do not know what is like now. When I went there I thought it interesting but it did not take long to see it all. If I ever go to Paris again, I might go back to see if it has changed.

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Cahors, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Peculiar and interesting. The waste water flowed beneath a grille under the walkway. Included in this trail around a little of the waste treatment of Paris was an exhibition of the historical development of Paris - This was informative.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We went when the sun was out, so we probably rushed around abit too quick in order to go and enjoy the sun again, but it was really interesting. Give yourself time to read the facts. Learning about the sewer system, and seeing the size of it all was very interesting. It is very reasonably priced too.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Whether it is the catacombs, the car parks, the RER or the Metro (and the rest) there is an entire other side to Paris that is sous-sol. The Paris sewer visitor facility was something I had wanted to see for some time. First of all, full marks to the Paris city authority for having the imagination to open this up... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Make sure you get a guided tour through the sewers. Otherwise, you will not understand what makes them so impressive. It is pretty astounding how many features they built into the system back in the mid-1800's.

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Oban, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

It is easy to get to - take the RER Yellow line C to Port D'Alma (and i believe a Metro line goes as well but we used the RER Line C). As you exit the station (we exited after using the RER) look straight ahead and cross the street to the ticket office. You don't book. We bought the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

The French sewers are a marvel of engineering, but they are not for everyone. My wife and I as engineers thought the display was great. Our 23 year old daughter found the smell so oppressive that all she wanted to do was get out. A case of horses for courses.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Check out the French sewers and learn about plumbing and the city's waterways. This exhibit is worthwhile , off the beaten path and does not typically have long lines. Be sure to check out the gift shops here- their street plaques are impressive. I highly recommend this experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We found this attraction because I got confused and thought it was the catacombs...so much for my high school French. Believe it or not, it was quite interesting and a little different from the ordinary tourist attractions. Warning: not for the sensitive nose because places in the tour literally stink of merde. (I remembered that word from high school!)

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blue ridge mountains
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

After many visits to Paris, we decided it was time to go underground. So, we hit Les Catacombes and Les Egouts. The latter was a lot closer to our hotel and easy to find -- sign and ticket kiosk right beside the bridge (east left bank side of Pont de l'Alma). After seeing the sewers featured in so many films,... More

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