the sewers of paris tour

Fancy a walk beneath the beaten track in Paris? This tour reveals the underside of Paris from ancient times through to the 19th-century, the era of Belgrand the engineer who designed the sewer system in its current form. In the underground tunnels awaits the chance to learn about the water cycle and the work of the Paris sewer workers.

The streets of Paris were first paved around the year 1200 by King Philippe Auguste. In the middle of the paving he had drainage gutters installed. In 1370, a vaulted walled sewer was built on Rue Montmartre, leading to the Ménilmontant stream. The network was developed very slowly over the centuries. In 1850, with the arrival of Baron Haussmann, Prefect of the Seine, and engineer Eugène Belgrand, the sewer system was created and the water supply to Paris was assured.

© Mairie de Paris


The tour lasts about an hour and goes through the tunnels of part of the sewer network. A large number of models or actual machines used are on display in all the rooms and corridors of the tour circuit.

Access: Pont de l'Alma, left bank, opposite 93 quai d'Orsay.
Tel: 01 53 68 27 81.

Saturday to Wednesday from 11am to 4pm, from 1/10 to 30/04.
11am to 5pm, from 1/05 to 30/09.
Closed: Thursdays and Fridays.

© Mairie de Paris

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