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Rennes

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Capital of the Brittany region and City of Art and History, Rennes offers visitors a wealth of fantastic architecture in its old town, from medieval and Renaissance houses to majestic classical buildings. The historic centre is lovely to wander around with its typical paved streets, lively squares lined with café terraces, its crêperies and shops. Not far from the 15th-century Portes Mordelaises gate, formerly the city's main entrance (and through which the Dukes of Brittany passed when Rennes was their seat), is Saint-Pierre cathedral, a richly-decorated 19th-century building. There are also many must-see squares, including the Place du Champ-Jacquet with its particularly picturesque old timber-framed houses, the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Place du Parlement de Bretagne, Place de la République with its old trade palace and Place des Lices with its covered market. The Parlement de Bretagne palace, meticulously restored after a fire in 1994, and the Town Hall are open to the public.

One can then head towards the Thabor garden, a wonderful 10-hectare park featuring among others a botanical garden, a rose garden and a French-style formal garden.

The Fine art museum is home to paintings from the 14th to the 20th century, and in particular the famous work by Georges La Tour, The Newborn.

The Brittany museum is dedicated to the history of Brittany and houses archaeological collections, currencies collections, medals and photos, as well as objects, furniture and utensils from Breton homes.

The Pays de Renne heritage museum, situated south of the city, recounts five centuries of history of the Bintinais farm through an exhibition of objects and room reconstructions.

An event not to be missed: the big marché aux Lices market, which takes place every Saturday morning in the Lices square.

At the beginning of July, the Tombées de la Nuit (Nightfalls) festival is an important event when actors, musicians, jugglers and acrobats perform in the city streets.

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Rennes

Regional capital, two hours from Paris by TGV and easily accessible by plane, less than an hour from the sea and major tourist attractions and legendary Britain, Rennes is the ideal gateway to a tourist destination Preferred Europe and established itself as a must.

Metropolis of art and history, rich with a history of 2000 years the capital of Brittany has much to offer visitors and surprises.

Next to the monumental 18th century, organized around two sumptuous royal squares, neighborhoods with houses half-timbered colorful alleys and picturesque squares provide a striking contrast.

Breton Parliament, City Hall, Palais Saint Georges, big mansions, buildings with arcades, churches and abbeys, splendid public parks thus meet the narrow and winding streets of the old city courtyards and staircases loggia.

Things to see and do

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Evening Segway Tour of Rennes – 2 hours
Entertainment65 € Rennes
Segway Tour of Rennes – 2 hours
Entertainment55 € Rennes
Segway Tour of Rennes – 90 minutes
Entertainment42 € Rennes

Places of interest

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Leisure centres
Monuments
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Events and festivities

Detailed information

Nightfall Festival
A unique, multi-disciplinary event where the town is the stageJuly 2017
Rennes Trans Musicales Festival
An ideal place to observe and discover the best of the international music sceneDecember 2016

Photos

Parliament (© City of Rennes - ​​Didier Gouray)
Parliament (© City of Rennes - ​​Didier Gouray)
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Rennes, The Thabor (© City of Rennes - ​​Didier Gouray)
Rennes, The Thabor (© City of Rennes - ​​Didier Gouray)
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Place Sainte-Anne (© José Mouret)
Place Sainte-Anne (© José Mouret)
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Place du Champ Jacquet (© José Mouret)
Place du Champ Jacquet (© José Mouret)
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Town Hall (© José Mouret)
Town Hall (© José Mouret)
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Terraces place Sainte-Anne (© City of Rennes - ​​Didier Gouray)
Terraces place Sainte-Anne (© City of Rennes - ​​Didier Gouray)
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Interior of the Parliament - Salle des pas perdus (© José Mouret)
Interior of the Parliament - Salle des pas perdus (© José Mouret)
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The Champs Libres de Nuit (© Alain Amet - Museum of Brittany)
The Champs Libres de Nuit (© Alain Amet - Museum of Brittany)
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Marché des Lices (© City of Rennes - ​​Didier Gouray)
Marché des Lices (© City of Rennes - ​​Didier Gouray)
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