Fougères Travel Guide

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    back of Castle of Fougéres
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    jardin public, kiosk and back of Saint...
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    museum of watchmaker's
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Fougères Things to Do

  • Château de Fougères

    Fougères Castle was built in the 12th century. It's one of the castles along the border to Normandy, which you can learn in the film in the entrance building. The film also gives more information about the history of Fougères castle and about the other castles along the border. It was in French but even without understanding much French it was...

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  • Château de Fougères

    The Château de Fougères is a castle that was built in the 10th century, rebuilt in stone in the 12th, strengthened with granite in the 13th, and finally was partially demolished by Richelieu in the 14th century. The castle, which is situated in the lower part of the town, directly overlooking the River Nancon, still gives abundant evidence in its...

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  • Church of Saint-Leonard

    Saint-Leonard Church is positioned on top of a rocky outcrop that overlooks the valley, to admire the view fully a climb to the top of the bell tower is a must. Around the base of the church to the rear is a pretty public garden The church underwent many modifications between the 12th and 17th centuries. It was enlarged yet again during the 19th...

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  • Church Saint Sulpice,interior, Fougéres

    This was our first building we saw and we compare all others to it, still the best in town. You reach it by taking the road behind the castle coming from parking Poterne or Château at the street, Enclos Etienne de Fougères. The Church of Saint Sulpice founded in the 11C . Taking a quotes from the tourist office who always explained it better, this...

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  • Church of Saint Sulpice,exterior,...

    This is to me the best in Fougéres, old, well kept ,historical and you past the wonderful Church of Saint Sulpice, at the street, Enclos Etienne de Fougères, founded in the 11C at the foot of the castle, practically. Taking a quotes from the tourist office who always explained it better, this is the take, rebuilt in the 15C and 16C in a flamboyant...

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  • Chateau fortress of Fougéres

    This is a highlight of coming of Fougéres for many. It is the largest medieval fortified castle in Europe. We walk all around it and then got in by the Rue de la Pinterie entrance.Some of the basic info, updates on the webpage of the castle. Dates are May;June, September 10-19h except Mondays ,july and august 10-19h all days, October to April...

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  • Church Saint Leonard, interior,Fougéres

    This is a wonderful Church Inside with gorgeous chapels and a nice history of Fougéres. easily done in by Rue Nationale next to the Hôtel de Ville or city govt building. see the exterior tip photos.again from tourist office guides this is it.Founded in the 12C, rebuilt in the 15C and 16C, the Church was disoriented and enlarged in the 19C and with...

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  • Church of Saint Léonard,exterior,...

    This is wonderful Church, on the upper city you can go by the Hotel de Ville at end of Rue Nationale, but we took it from rue des trois vallées below city and climb our way thru the jardin public to it, just a great trail.better to tell you what the experts describe in the tourist office, I am just marvelled at the chapels and decoration Inside and...

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  • Jardin Public or public garden

    This is one to see and climb and walk all over, it is wonderful, I was taken more by it than the castle!the views from here are awesome and the gardens are full with statues, Stream, trails and more interesting trails that go up and up to the very top of a hill.You can go from the castle area in lower town to the Church Saint Léonard in the upper...

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Fougères Restaurants

  • quick formule French Câline,Fougéres

    One chance of living close is that we dont have to go out for elaborate meals all the time; we do the French, get a baguette sandwich at la Mie Câline bakeries. The one in Fougéres is pretty busy at lunch time and the price is right.very small corner in the off rue nationale and up you go to find a bench behind the jardin public and go at...

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  • more ice cream

    After a visit to the fabulous medieval castle, we wanted to relax for a while before moving onto our next destination. A café located just by the castle entrance/exit beckoned us with its shaded terrace - unsurprisingly it was called La Terrasse.La Terrasse has a large terrace area at the front, plus more tables inside (and clean toilets!). Service...

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Fougères Nightlife

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    by gwened Written Aug 27, 2014

    and yes Victor Hugo was here.
    done in Italian style in 1879 and one of the last such theaters build. THe theater can host 650 persons seated.

    you have four levels theater with the setting done in the Italian style with the frame à la French.
    Many works of musical, opera, and dance are held here so if in town at night an alternative to the movies.

    the tourist office take in French gives you more info
    http://www.ot-fougeres.fr/accueil/decouverte_de_fougeres_et_son_pays/carte_de_fougeres/le_theatre

    Dress Code: evenings you come dress to kill

    Th��atre Victor Hugo side of theater Victor Hugo
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Fougères Transportation

  • How to come in and out of Fougéres

    We come by car and its very easy once on the A84 Rennes-Caen road get off at exit/sortie 29 to Centre Fougéres. The parkings are upon entering the city facing the castle to your left parking du Château and to your right Parking de la Poterne. both free.You have an interactive map for parking...

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  • Petit train de Fougéres

    The nice little train typical of all French towns, or the petit train. The course is the same going to all the major sights, for the casual visitor is a time to see it all. Determine the best and come back for more.Families will enjoy as a nice ride with the kids and very educational. The adults will take it when well at least for us when tire of...

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  • Driving in France

    In June/July 2006 we had a 9 day driving holiday in France. We caught a car ferry from Dover to Calais, drove down through Normandy, popped into Brittany and then caught the ferry back to Dover from Boulogne-sur-Mer.We chose to take our own car over, as the cost of the ferry and petrol was significantly cheaper than flying from London and hiring a...

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Fougères Shopping

  • inner city groceries at Fougéres

    well this is your city grocery convenience store the Carrefour city and they are very appreciated for the inner city folks and visitors.you can find all the main food items you need plus the home needs such as cleaners,paper towels cups plates, and canned good as well as wines, sodas etcThis one is pretty modern, clean and right in the inner city...

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  • the market is tops Fougéres

    This is one of the highlights of living here and a must when you are visiting, go to the markets. le Marché open or covered ouvert or couvert is wonderfulthe local producers from their farms comes over, not all but many are direct, and you buy the best produce at the best prices ,sublime French food for a lot less than what you pay at a...

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  • Not commercial here

    Although Fougères is a town without any major high street brands, it has lots of unique shops that help to keep the charm of this delightful town.July 1990

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Fougères Local Customs

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    by gwened Written Aug 27, 2014

    Well this is something you learn everyday, I know the story of the help of France for the independance of the USA, oldest alliance since 1776 and many personages in it, but not heard of this person until now. And I thank you.

    this is the story from tourist office
    Marquis de la Rouërie
    Born in Fougères, in 1751, Armand Tuffin de la Rouërie covered himself with glory in America under the name of Colonel Armand, during the War for independence. He remains the friend of Washington. Brought in in Paris, happens the burning defender of the Breton privileges. To Saint-Ouen-la-Rouërie, a little bit before 1789, he(it) the Breton Association which in 1791-1792 prepares an uprising, a movement against revolutionary France. Betrayed by one of his friends, pursued, he dies from exhaustion in the castle of Guyomarais (Côte d'Armor dept 22 now) on January 30th, 1793. He will be post-mortem beheaded.

    More of this fascinating story from sources lile wikipedia
    Head of the 1st legion of dragons and actively participates in the battle of Yorktown. An admirer of the Revolution American, a friend of George Washington, La Rouerie returned to France with the rank of brigadier general, the cross of Saint-Louis and the order of Cincinnatus.De back in Britain, La Rouërie defends the parlement of Brittany against the edicts of Versailles, which earned him to be locked up in the Bastille on July 14, 1788.
    Opposed to absolutism, he sees first with joy the signs of the French Revolution, but the refusal of the Breton nobility to depute at Versailles prevents it from playing a role to the States-General. Liberal royalist and Freemason, La Rouerie agree the counterrevolution following the abolition of the laws and specific customs of Britain. He created the Breton Association to raise an army against the revolutionaries. Betrayed, La Rouerie died before being able to finish his business but the movement organized by the marquis was later to be precursor to the Chouannerie( the anti French revolution movement in the Vendée and Bretagne régions and some parts of Normandie.

    this is the source of his inspirations later after his death by treason of his old friend Dr Chevetel, the fight for a Royal and Catholic Bretagne
    http://kounbreizh.free.fr/rouerie.htm

    statue to Armand Tuffin, at Pl des Fusill��s commemorative plaque at pl des fusill��s
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Fougères Warnings and Dangers

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    by Carmanah Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Not a danger, and not really a warning, but if you're a beginner photographer (like I was back in 94 when I was 14) - remember the basic rule: don't face the sun when taking pictures!

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Fougères What to Pack

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    by Carmanah Updated Nov 6, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: When you visit each town and city, there are usually information centres where you can pick up free maps. Take one! They'll give you a visualization of the areas you're visiting. Not only that, but you can discover so much more with a map, and you won't get lost! Here's a map of the town of Fougeres in Bretagne.

    Map of Fougeres in Bretagne.

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Fougères Off The Beaten Path

  • Hôtel de Ville, Fougéres

    It is from 1535 and a nice building next to the Church Saint Léonard and behind it the Jardin Public, straight down is the Rue Nationale into inner city of Fougéres.The city has been name a city of Art and History in France:http://www.fougeres.fr/article/le-label-ville-dart-et-dhistoireThe building has a renaissance architecture from the castles of...

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  • Musée de l'Horlogerie ,Fougéres

    at 37 rue nationale there is a Watch store very peculiar, in the back ,it has a shop and museum of old watches very interesting.you have it all in the link in contact, suffices is free,and should be great for the kids as well as the Watch inclined in all of us !and not forget it is a jewerly store too, lol!!! only gold for the spouse ::)

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  • See A Megalithic Alignment Near Fougeres

    As a dividend for our detour to Fougeres we were aware that we would be able to see our first Breton Stones. This whetted our appetite for future visits to this are of France. This is not Carnac of Stonehenge, but it is the real thing and it was our first view of this kind of atrefact. It is called the "Cordon des Druides". It is a line of 80 low...

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Fougères Favorites

  • Gardens with a view

    There are some lovely public gardens located in the upper town of Fougeres. You will find them just behind the Eglise St-Leonard.The gardens are beautifully maintained and a great place to relax for a while. From here there are fabulous views down to the lower town and castle. You can actually walk down the steep hill, through the gardens, and...

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  • Fougères - a charming city in Bretagne

    When you're travelling through France, learn about the towns you visit! Even if you're not a packrat, pick up the free brochures and pamphlets each town and historical site offers to tourists. It usually provides background history on where you're visiting - things that you might not discover if you were to just walk around and explore without any...

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  • Carmanah's General Tip

    is getting in the local Fougeres newspaper! When I got back home, I received a postcard and a letter from the Renard family. Apparently our school visiting their school was newsworthy ;) and hey, quite frankly, I completely agree with them! (BTW - click on the picture - I'm in it!)

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  • Jul 10, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    Hi I am bringing a school to Fougères on sat 12 th july and would like any information on coach drop off and parking please?

    Thanks peter

  • Jul 10, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    Hi I am bringing a school to Fougères on sat 12 th july and would like any information on coach drop off and parking please?

    Thanks peter

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      Jul 10, 2014 at 1:21 PM

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