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Sewers in Paris?

Anyone been? Worth seeing?



Posted by
2257 posts

I have been and thought it was very interesting, offbeat for sure, a great bit of history on the city though. The smell was not terrible, not overpowering, imho.

Posted by
118 posts

yes - I would recommend. We went last May and really enjoyed it

Posted by
11294 posts

I would not recommend it, unless you are very interested in a bunch of plumbing facts. But no one could have dissuaded me before I went.

Posted by
29679 posts

They may have been affected by the recent flooding. I'd check first....

Posted by
763 posts

Nigel makes a good point. I really enjoyed our visit. Improvements in sanitation are so important to our quality of life and something I know very little about. My kids enjoyed it and was certainly memorable.

Posted by
2324 posts

I've tried to go there twice and messed up on the open days/hours. Check before you go as they are somewhat limited. It's a little hard to find...look for a tiny rotunda-looking thing right next to the river. The signage is small.

Posted by
7175 posts

I was lucky to be in Paris for a week with my parents in 2007. Having the time and a Museum Pass, we scheduled it in with a visit to the nearby Quai Branly Museum. We all found it very interesting and well worth it ... and no smell at all, but that may be different after the flooding.

Posted by
3852 posts

Valerie makes good points. The museum is closed Thursday and Friday, a far-from-typical schedule for Paris attractions. The recent high water may add some interest, since the original design envisioned the sewers overflowing into the Seine after heavy rains, then considered an efficient solution.

Posted by
15359 posts

I did it years ago and thought it was interesting. I'd been to Paris several times and had seen most of the sights, so I was looking for a few sights/experiences that were a little farther from the beaten path. I also went to the netsuki museum.

Worth seeing? Depends on your interests and what you might do instead.