Musée des Égouts de Paris
The Musée des Égouts de Paris. (Photo by Marcus and Sue)

Tour the sewers of Paris—Way more fascinating than it sounds

Take an hour to see Paris from a different point of view—that of a sewer rat. Over 1,300 miles of sewer tunnels share space with the Métro, electrical lines, catacombs, and reservoirs under the streets of Paris.

From the Sewer Museum (yes, Paris has a whole museum for this), you can tour a few hundred feet of this intricate system and find out more than you ever wanted to know about the inner workings of a major city's circulatory system.

My favorite factoid: Paris collectively produces enough of what is euphemistically called "solid waste" each day to fill a six-story building.

Paris Sewers tips

Planning your time

Paris sewer tours take about a hour arrive at least 10 minutes early.

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Free admission with a sightseeing card

Get into the Égouts de Paris for free (and skip the line at the ticket booth) with either the Paris Museum Pass (sights) or the Paris PassParis Pass (sights + transport + attractions).

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Exhibits at the Musée des Égouts de Paris
Exhibits at the Musée des Égouts de Paris. (Photo by Marcus and Sue)

 

 

Red scouring ball at the Égouts Paris Sewer Museum

Scouring balls like the old wooden one above (photo by Luk), and the black stone one below (photo by Marcus and Sue), were rolled through the sewer pipes to clear out all solid debris and other obstructions.

Black scouring ball at the Égouts Paris Sewer Museum