The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany was built from 1466 by François II of Brittany, in order to be able to resist a possible attack from the king of France. The castle is surrounded by 7 solid towers. François II, his daughter Anne de Bretagne and his granddaughter also built several pleasure buildings inside the castle. This castle was completely restored between 1990 and 2005 and the castle can be visited today.
Not to be missed, the Nantes History Museum with 850 objects exhibited in 32 rooms, and multimedia resources. After visiting the museum, you can take a full tour of the castle on the covered way. You must return to see the castle at night with its beautiful illumination.
The Bouffay district is the oldest district of the city : it was built between the fifth and the second century BC, by the Gallic tribe of Namnetes. It especially keeps vestiges from the Middle Ages : narrow and winding streets lined with half-timbered houses, such as the Apothecaries' House, and private mansions.
The city is also known for its Machines de L’île, the amusement park features an enormous 48-ton mechanical steel elephant, the Grand Eléphant transports passengers on an exciting half-hour walking itinerary. In the Galerie des Machines, it also presents a giant spider, an enormous ant, and an aviary with flying birds, all skillfully crafted from machines.
How to get around Nantes ?
Nantes is a pleasant city which has many beautiful monuments in the center. You can easily discover them on foot. Although some tourist attractions may be a bit further from the town centre, you can always use the tramway, bus, bikes, shuttle boats and walking tours.
Nantes is accessible by various forms of transportation, there is an international airport in the south of Nantes-Atlantique. Regular connections to Paris, Lyon and other French cities.
Nantes train station is just over 2 hours by TGV from Paris passing through Le Mans and Angers. Trains run regularly throughout the day. There are also direct connections from Nantes to Charles de Gaulle airport and to Lille which bypass Paris.
Hellfest : It is a French rock festival focusing on heavy metal music, held each year in June in Clisson, close to Nantes.