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Musee des Egouts de Paris

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Address: | Opposite 93 Quai d'Orsay (7eme), 75007 Paris, France
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11:00 - 16:00
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Sat - Wed 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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For an alternative view of Paris, take the hour-long tour that is offered...

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.

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Paris Sewers! A short eclectic, albeit gross, tour.

This is an good place if you want to appreciate the underbelly of The City of Lights. It is also a quirky diversion on a raining or hot day. It is a self-guided tour that takes... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 October 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This is an good place if you want to appreciate the underbelly of The City of Lights. It is also a quirky diversion on a raining or hot day. It is a self-guided tour that takes about 30 minutes. There are posters (in English) that explain the workings of the Paris sewer system as well as the history of sewage... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

If you ever wondered what is beneath the 26,000 manhole covers in Paris wonder no more. Best for engineering geeks but the display on how Paris handled its growth from a water and waste perspective was actually pretty interesting.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Not exactly what I was expecting. There is definitely some raw sewage around but it was interesting. I wouldn't take kids though.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

This was fun and interesting for me. It was definitely unusual, with a lot more history of Paris than I expected. There weren't many people and not too many stairs. It was certainly smelly--I used a scarf to cover my nose--and you definitely see real sewage. You stand on grates and see it flow....

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

As an engineer I find the workings of all things of interest. While sewers are the least glamorous of places, Paris would be far from glorious for lack of them. It was a surprise to me that Paris operates a mixed storm water-sewer system. Highly inefficient and potentially problematic for bad weather overflows. More modern cities separate the flows. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

The smell wasn't as bad as we expected it to be. Being to Paris quite a few times, we wanted to find something new and unexplored by us. It was actually quite cool (literally as well). No special equipment needed. One can learn many things about the "underbelly" of a great city.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

If you think you are going to need boots and hard hat then think again. This is not a long tour, around 3 - 400m of walking and you don't actually go into the sewers themselves which has a side benefit that the smell is more damp than WC. There is no tour guide but there is a ton of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

This is a unique tour and actually very interesting. Not easy to find the entrance kiosk. It is not very smelly. They have and underground gift shop where all the display table are on cables that raise them to the ceiling in rainy weather. The tour is self guided and includes examples of the machines used over its history for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Yes it smells but seriously - its the sewers - so what exactly did you expect? If you can tolerate a bit of bad smell, then for a small price here you get to actually see and learn about the sewer system of Paris from its founding till today. I would say that this museum is something for Paris visitors... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

The only thing that will make an impression will be the smell, and not in a positive way. Avoid this place, especially if you do not have much time.

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With the Eiffel Tower at its core, the Invalides area of Paris is guaranteed to impress. Golden towers and Baron Haussmann's urban vision meet military precision, stretching avenues, and luscious lawns. The area boasts the Musée D’Orsay, the tomb of Napoleon, the National Parliament and UNESCO, as well as luxurious, exclusive residences. In fine restaurants and at the weekend markets, families, diplomats, and politicians brush shoulders with the tourists who come to see this postcard-perfect area for themselves.
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