Ibis Rochefort

1-3 Rue Begon, Rochefort, Poitou-Charentes, 17300, France
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The U-Boot pens - Accessable?

by Drugness

Hello all

I'm planning to visit La Rochelle in about 3-4 months and i was wondering if it is possible to visit the U-Boot pens that still exist there or are they off limits?
Does anyone know of any tours available or is there possibly a museum attached? Or if either of these options aren't there, is there someone locally who has access or someone who i can contact?

Many thanks in advance
DG

Re: The U-Boot pens - Accessable?

by ranger49

WE spent 3 weeks in the Crozon / Morgat area 2 years ago and they did not appear to be open then.
We got some good photos of the Penns at Brest from the opposite coast near Landevennec.

I found this website from which it seems they were open in summer this year. It may be worth looking into though they may not be open for visitors in the winter months.
http://www.uboat-bases.com/

Re: The U-Boot pens - Accessable?

by cubsur

I visited La Rochelle a few years ago when it was possible to walk almost right up to the U-boat pens. While I was taking pictures a German naval vessel made its way into harbour. I didn't get to go inside. It's still a working area and I am pretty certain there is no museum or tour.

Re: The U-Boot pens - Accessable?

by Drugness

Great responses guys, thanks a million!

Travel Tips for La Rochelle

Le Vieux Port (Old harbour)

by Norali

As opposed to Le quartier ancien (Old city) and, this time, to le Nouveau port de La Pallice (ultramodern trade port of La Pallice), le Vieux Port is the area where traditional fishing and by open outcry market used to be.

It includes l'Avant-port, le Vieux port, le bassin à flot (the wet dock) and le Bassin des chalutiers (trawlers dock).

L'Avant-port is the water area before entering the Old Harbour. The entry is at the level of the Tour de la Chaîne and Tour Saint-Nicolas. Passed the towers, you enter the Old harbour, with at your right an entry to the wet dock. This latter is the basin where yachts berthed in as trawlers and small ships lay in Old harbour.

The Old harbour also includes impoundment basin that receives floods from Sèvre river. Walking late at night along the quays... near water and see either those towers all lit up either flickering lighthouses sending their signals.

Besides, the quays are so lively with those terraces, restaurants, pubs that I felt a bit "lost". In my conception, water has to be kept away from cities, from work. Especially sea means holidays for me. So it was quite strange to think that people work in this area, with sea water, yachts, boats neighbouring them.

Maybe because, whatever the country I live in, I've been always stuck in the inland, either in Tana (center of Madagascar) either in Brussels (located inland in Belgium). The only time I see the sea has been always for leisure, holidays.

But.. I enjoyed La Rochelle at the fullest...

The *jewels* in Minimes marina

by Norali

Those are the ones who use to race in the area. When I was there, there has been some race the previous day, along with the Grand pavois. And this Victorinox was reported to have won the race. Don't laugh!! Since I am not hooked enough to ask which race it was, i am unable to tell you which race it won.... LOL

I saw many locals staring at it though... That must be true!

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