Bordeaux Things to Do

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    Monument Aux Girondins
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    The Fountain in the Square at Dusk
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  • 1. Cathedral Saint Andre

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux’s city tourist office is quick to admit that the Cathédrale Saint André cannot compete with the ones in northern France like Amiens, Chartres or Reims, but they say its “heterogeneous...

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  • 2. Grand Theatre

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux is one of six French cities with a ‘National Opera’, the others being Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg (with Colmar and Mulhouse), Montpellier and Nancy. A ‘National Opera’ is an opera company that...

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  • 3. Monument Aux Girondins

    On the north side of the column, opposite “The Triumph of the Republic”, is a parallel complex of fountains and statues called Le Triomphe de la Concorde. This of course has nothing to do with the...

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  • 4. Place de la Bourse

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Also known as Place Royale, this is a perfect example of Bordeaux architecture at the end of the 18th century. This is a beautiful line of archways and slate roofs, with an impressive fountain in the...

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  • 5. Esplanade des Quinconces

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Esplanade des Quinconces is France's largest square and one of the largest in Europe. It was laid out in the 19th century on the site of the former Château Trompette and is surrounded by trees...

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  • 6. Pont de Pierre

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Pont de Pierre is a beautiful stone bridge which was completed in 1822 after being commissioned by Napoleon. The bridge is quite amazing and was the first bridge built across the Garonne. It is...

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  • 7. Musee des Beaux Arts

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The Musée des Beaux Arts has two sculptures by the Russian sculptor Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967), whose atelier in Paris has been preserved and is now a museum devoted to his works. The two sculptures...

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  • 8. Basilique Saint Michel

    One of the buildings of Bordeaux that is visible from basically everywhere, the Basilique Saint Michel is also very beautiful and offers the best panoramic view from its belfry. The basilica was...

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  • 9. Walking

    Rue Sainte Catherine (often referred to informally as “Rue Sainte Cath”) has been car-free since 1977 and is now one of the most popular shopping streets in Bordeaux, with over 230 shops, stores and...

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  • 10. La Grosse Cloche- The Big Clock

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is said to be one of the oldest belfries in France, a remnant of the ancient city walls dating from the 13th century. This “Great Bell” was cast in 1775 and weighs 7750 kilograms. It is rung...

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  • 11. Palais Gallien

    Bordeaux's origins date back to Roman times, but from that era nothing but the Palais Gallien has survived. It is a rather curious sight as it is located amidst residential buildings and not visible...

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  • 12. Wine Tasting

    One of the highlights of me coming here since 1990 is to get to the many chateaux in person to buy direct the wonderful wines. It beats all expériences, and I have done them all. The so call Bordeaux...

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  • 13. Tour Pey-Berland

    The belfry of Cathédrale St André is a curious building. First of all, it's not part of the cathedral, but a few meters away from it. This was meant to protect the structures of the cathedral from the...

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  • 14. Palais Rohan

    The Palais Rohan, which is now the City Hall (Hôtel de Ville), was built between 1771 and 1784 as the seat of the Archbishop of Bordeaux, Ferdinand-Maximilien Mériadec de Rohan. He only had a few...

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  • 15. Musee d'Aquitaine

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Museum of Aquitaine is a large museum of the history, culture and ethnography of the Aquitaine region, which includes the department of the Gironde and the city of Bordeaux. Second photo: After...

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  • 16. Place de la Victoire

    Located at the Southern end of rue Saint Catherine, the Place de la Victoire features a large arched entry, a large obelisque of various colored marble from the local areas and some bronze turtles...

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  • 17. Porte Cailhau

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux's old town still has four city gates, the most beautiful and impressive of them being Porte Cailhau. Squeezed between the buildings surrounding it, it is impressive but also gives the...

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  • 18. Eglise Notre Dame

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We stumbled upon this magnificant structure as we were walking around Bordeaux. The facade of the church was quite interesting with its characteristic "pine-cone shapped towers". The church is located...

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  • 19. Place du Parlement

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Place du Parlement is a large square for walking and relaxing. In season the half-dozen restaurants have outdoor tables for dining. They range from simple and inexpensive to the finest seafood...

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  • 20. Place Gambetta

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Apparently this square is known for its great facades from the late 18th and early 19th century. Maybe i was just tired, maybe i had seen enough buildings but the lights struck me much more. In the...

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  • 21. Basilique Saint Seurin

    The Basilique Saint Seurin is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Dated as far back as the 6th Century, the originally Romaneque church as been added on over the years, including a major...

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  • 22. Hotel de Ville

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Hotel de Ville, like most older fine buildings in Bordeaux, was built in the 18C as a palace for the Archbishop (Prince Rohan) which is why it is next to the Cathedral. The preferred view is from...

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  • 23. Fleche Saint Michel

    Standing alone and separate from the Basilica is the steeple called the Fleche (Arrow). The Fleche was built in the late 15th century and along with St. Michel Basilica are a UNESCO World Heritagage...

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  • 24. Hospital Saint Andre

    Although quite an impressive building i was glad i was so bold to skip inside. The Garden of this place looks so nice. I didn't dare going any further. I guess one could be in a worse place then this...

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  • 25. Porte Dijeaux

    Porte Dijeaux: This gate has riplaced the one that was built ten meters ahead towards the current Gambetta Square. Next to it there's a beautiful cafè (Dijeaux cafè) where you can have a very good...

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