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Vienna Sewer System

Beneath the streets of Vienna lies another network of passages: its historic sewer system that dates back to the mid-1800s. Orson Welles ran through these subterranean tunnels in an iconic scene in the film “The Third Man,” earning them global celebrity—as far as sewers go.

This system of tunnels and underground rivers was the most complex in Europe at the time it was built, and was widely expanded after a debilitating cholera outbreak in 1830. Storm waters and sewage were channeled into a system for the first time and kept out of the Danube and its tributaries.

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