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“Unusual and Captivating”

Musee des Egouts de Paris
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Viator Exclusive: Underground Paris Small-Group Tour
Ranked #155 of 1,106 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Fancy a walk well off the beaten track in the French capital? This tour will show you the underside of Paris from Ancient times through to the era of Belgrand, the 19th-century engineer who designed the sewer system in its current form. In the underground tunnels you will learn about the water cycle and all the work of the Paris sewer workers.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Unusual and Captivating”
Reviewed 16 August 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 history.

Visited July 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Meh, didn't smell that bad ...”
Reviewed 4 August 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 through the ages, and describing the mechanisms to clean said sewers, pictures of workers doing the work, and examples of the equipment used, all while walking along a flowing sewer underneath the city streets. Interesting on some level but meh, average at best. Was not not expensive, quick thing to do, learn a little, smelled a little.

Visited July 2014
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“History of Paris”
Reviewed 1 August 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 then read all the summaries of what we were looking at. It may not be a major monument, but the sewers tell a story all their own about how the city of Paris came to be. While I have no interest in sewers or sanitation, I found the historical aspect of how Paris came to be, and what they do with all the waste to be interesting. If you have seen all the sights in Paris and are looking for more than something pretty, this is a must see!

TIP: This is also great it if is hot outside... the sewers are definitely a nice cool place to spend an afternoon after walking around all morning =)

Visited July 2014
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Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
“Unless you are REALLY into sewage and sewers.... skip it”
Reviewed 31 July 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 fifteen minutes with eight or ten others while some issue was worked out with a Japanese tour group. Not very well set up for pass holders IMHO. The one shot cost would have been over 4 euro each, and not worth it IMHO.

Oh ya, It's a real sewer and smells like it should. Lots of people nearly gagging even though I found it bad, it wasn't gag-able.

Visited July 2014
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Gainesville, GA
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Dont do it, no matter what Rick Steves says!”
Reviewed 30 July 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.

Visited July 2014
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