Nantes, an astonishing heritage!

Creativity is the key word in Nantes. It is a source of amazement and emotions, and it brings people together. Nantes is a city of art and history that inspired the imaginary world of Jules Verne. It is a stunning destination for tourism, home to medieval sites, historical landmarks from the great maritime adventures, and industrial buildings. Nantes is plugged-in, quirky and never ceases to amaze you.

Le Voyage à Nantes, an artistic and historical journey through the city

Follow the green-lined trail and enjoy Nantes’ magical touch!  The walking tour is designed to unveil the local treasures, from Nantes’ architectural landmarks to the many art displays throughout the city.

Start from La Cité and walk on “Le Voyage à Nantes” trail for unforgettable memories.

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Le Château des Ducs de Bretagne

The Castle, located at the very heart of the city and opposite La Cité, will take you back in time, from the 15th to the 18th century, onto the curtain walls, in   the courtyard, the garden and the moat. Open visit…

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Les Machines de l’île

You will be dazzled by the exceptional site situated on the former shipyards, at the crossroads of Jules Verne’s “invented worlds”, of the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and of Nantes’ industrial and cultural history. Take a tour on the back of the Grand Elephant for an extraordinary visit of the “Ile de Nantes”.

In 2014, Les Machines de l’île won the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement given by the Themed Entertainment Association for the Marine Worlds Carousel.

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Le Lieu Unique

A few steps away from La Cité, the former LU biscuit factory has been converted into a unique art centre where cultural effervescence and artistic exploration are the core concepts.

A convivial place, Le Lieu Unique houses a friendly bar and a creative bookshop…

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Musée Jules Verne

The French author with the world’s most translated books was born in Nantes.  A beautiful museum overlooking the Loire is dedicated to Jules Verne.

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Musée d’arts de Nantes

With its rich collection, the Musée d’arts de Nantes is one of the 5 largest museums in France, outside Paris.

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