Rennes Travel Guide

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Rennes Highlights

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     Lovely city, great music, culture, safety 

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     it isn't a Breton city like the others 

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     Great base for exploring Brittany 

Rennes Things to Do

  • visit the parc du Thabor

    a wonderful park, right in city center and surrounded by historical Church Notre Dame de St Melaine.Tthe Parc du Thabor is a public park on more than ten hectares whose characteristic is to mix a French garden, an English garden and an important botanical garden. Its name refers to a mountain overlooking Lake Tiberias in Israel, Mount Tabor. Since...

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  • Cathedral Saint Pierre- interiors

    This is a massive Church Cathedral, and lots of history of Rennes,it is a beautiful Church and a must to see when in town. I will give some highlights mostly historical of the exterior and interior (another tip).this is the official site of the Cathedral in French with scheduleshttp://cathedralerennes.catholique.fr/info/cathedraleStPierre.htmla bit...

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  • Cathedral Saint Pierre -exteriors

    This is a massive Church Cathedral, and lots of history of Rennes,it is a beautiful Church and a must to see when in town. I will give some highlights mostly historical of the exterior and interior (another tip).this is the official site of the Cathedral in French with scheduleshttp://cathedralerennes.catholique.fr/info/cathedraleStPierre.htmla bit...

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Rennes Restaurants

  • An American in Rennes

    walking around and holding on to the gang hunger, i stumbled onto this wonderful restaurant. Behold to find American style decoration, music from the 60's and American food with real American ingr¨¦dients including Mountain Dew soda!! we love it and will be back. This is the restaurant Back to the 60¡äs, yes in English, from the 60¡äs deco, and...

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  • You must try the salty crepes

    Les Lices is Rennes' medieval quarter, bordered by the canal to the west and the river to the south. Here we chose the La Gavotte for our crepes and hard cider. It is family owned and operated. Only the young waitress spoke English. This was our first introduction to salt crepes. They are made flat like sweet crepes, filled with meats and...

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  • Be Ovelix!

    French cuisine is maybe the most famous in the world, many people agree with this... I had eaten there the most delicious chicken -although the recipe was from south France- and roast duck in my life. I don't know if you'll have the power of Asterix or Ovelix after such a french meal, you can just try it...

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Rennes Nightlife

  • opera at Rennes

    This is a wonderful property in a great historical city center of Rennes, the Opéra is a masterpiece of architecture.Inaugurated on February 29, 1836, after its construction had started in 1832 under many problems to built it, it suffered a fire in 1856. The Opera, then called 'Photography Theater'. The façade and its roof overlooking the place de...

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  • Theater anyone in TNB

    a theater name after a whole region, does it tell you something, yes this is Brittany's theater at Rennes.It has become the Centre Européen de Production Théâtrale et Chorégraphiquean artists workshopa resource of production for young artistsand a superior school of drama artsall in one. This is the TNB todayIt is here since 1949 evolving thru the...

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  • Most famous street from Rennes

    La rue de la soif, literally Thirst street, is Rennes most famous street. Had heard many times about this street and went there last Friday night. Well, it is said to be really animated, which means sometimes there are also some fights. Last Friday was not animated and the bar we went to closed at 12.30am... Anyway, la Rue de la Soif shows hips of...

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Rennes Transportation

  • bus airport to train station Rennes

    Rennes train station I pass and change there every week for my job. The trip to Brest is nice;even if not the train fan myself,job obliged.From the airport Rennes ,which is in the village of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande , you take bus 57 ,takes about 20 minutes, cost was 1,40€(check site for updates) , and goes to train station at place de la...

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  • the bike or Vélo at Rennes

    Rennes is rather compact, and do not know how you can ride a bike here, but people do it so for sake of information here it is for Rennesthe site for the bike in Renneshttps://www.levelostar.fr/questions you can contact them hereemail : contact@levelostar.frits the typical system as elsewhere in France, you can do it for a day ,week or a year at...

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  • bus ,and metro at Rennes

    excellent service of buses in the city, bike rentals and metro at Rennesone metro line and 65 bus lines crisscross the city on the network STAR22 inter urban and 43 urban bus lines and 16 stops of metrohttp://www.star.fr/price is 1,40€ and you can get the 10 tickets too for 12,20€ (check site for updates)you have 3 agencies in town including the...

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Rennes Shopping

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  • Kashmir and Asia

    You can tell by the photo but Inside is like a outdoor market with items coming in from as far as India and Tibet,and of course Cachemireopen from 10h30 to 19h and Mondays to Saturdays.you can even see a youtube video on it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkNUTvZqOV0where this shop, it is housed in a beautiful half-timbered House, offers a huge...

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  • the classic Lafayette

    the one and only of France, has a branch here at a glorious location right over the pl de la République with metro and bus stop in front as well as car parking.open Mondays to Saturdays from 9h to 19h30 clothing is what I come for,and sometimes perfumes.

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  • department stores galores in city center

    this is a gallery building with about 20 stores in city center Rennes, nice and convenience modern shopping. open from Mondays to Saturdays 10h to 20hcar parking Hoche underground (first hour of parking is given free stamp your receipt of purchases) as well as metro Sainte Anne,and bus lines 3,5 and 9 takes you here. clothings brand names like...

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Rennes Local Customs

  • American diner

    Rennes is a huge university town, and the area of rue St Michel and rue St Malo is packed with restos and bars for a lively ambiance;, the rue St Michel is also known as the rue du soif or street of thirst.In my many walks in town, came upon this diner Restaurant Back to the 60's (see tip for food), it is loaded with paraphernalia from the USA of...

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  • Hôtel-Dieu of Rennes

    it serves its purposes as a hospital, and it was from an long time. you come here for geriatrics services now with 120 beds, by public transport ;Métro : station Sainte-Anne, and bus lines 1-5-8-9-31-50-51-71 (arrêt/stop Hôtel-Dieu) at 2 Rue de L'Hotel Dieuit, also, serves as a retirement...

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  • Lycée Saint Martin

    This is a high school secondary level private Catholic school and one of the top rated in France. I put it here because its a wonderful education and my sons followed it at Versailles in another typical school.Second, here Inside the school there is a wonderful Church of Saint Martin part of the school property,unique because usually you have a...

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Rennes Warnings and Dangers

  • Opening times of the museum

    The main goal of my and my parents' trip to Rennes was to visit the rich Musée des Beaux-Arts ("Museum of Fine Arts"). Our guidebook said that the museum was closed on Tuesdays, so we went there on a Monday. When we saw the palace housing the museum (called Palais des Musées), we noticed that there was no queue and when we arrived at the gate, a...

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  • First get information about...

    First get information about the tides before going to Mont St Michel. Otherwise you might lose your car! Or you can't leave the city for a while... When the tide comes up, the parking lot and the way to Mont St Michel runs under water. It's impossible to get through then.

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Rennes Tourist Traps

  • There are many, many street...

    There are many, many street food vendors, some much better than others. The specialties of Brittany are crepes, seafood, especially clams, scallops, schrimp and oysters, cider and mead (hydromel called Chouchen).

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  • Watch out for overpriced...

    Watch out for overpriced souvenirs!Also: when buying film here carefully watch if it wasn't laying in the sun all day. Otherwise you will get bleached colours!Last but not least tips: it's easy getting sunburnt here. Bring along suncream. Watch out when climbing on rocky spots. Watch out for the upcoming tide.

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Rennes What to Pack

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    Bring along some handy backpacks or sportsbags. Dress lightly, but do bring a long trousers and a sweater. It gets colder in the evening.Also handy: besides your bading suit and slippers, you must bring some good walking shoes. Suncream! You can bring your own tent or caravan, lotsa campings here!

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    Biking Trip Comité régional du tourisme de Bretagne : 1 rue Raoul Ponchon35069 Rennes cedexTél:02 99 36 15 15 - Fax: 02 99 28 44 40 Email: tourism@region-bretagne.fr Web: http://www.tourismebretagne.com

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Rennes Off The Beaten Path

  • Hôtel de Ville

    this is the mayor's office of the city of Rennes at place de la Mairie, it is an imposing building surrounded in a beautiful square by the Opéra across the street,and the passage with beautiful stores to the place de la République and the quais on the river Vilaine.the city webpage with an interactive map of...

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  • church of Toussaints

    Right off ave Jean Janvier coming from train station to your left at 4 Rue au Duc you find this wonderful old church. église toussaints Sainte Famille. Built in the 13C, and it is the most populated.In 1792 a priest from here Julien POULAIN-DELAUNAY was massacre at the convent of Carmes in Paris, and was beutify by Pope PIE XI in October 17 1926....

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  • Palais St George-Madeleine

    The visitor leaving the train station walks straight out on ave Jean Janvier and come to this beauty the Palais Saint-Georges, with a facade of 90 meters long. The Palais Saint-Georges was built on the site of an abbey benedictine around 1032AD by Duke Alain III to received the women of noble families therefore the first ones was his sister. you...

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Rennes Sports & Outdoors

  • Stade Rennais FC

    This is to come to see, and one of the popular teams in Brittany, the Stade Rennais sits in the Ligue 1, premier division of French football, right just outside the city on the way to Lorient/Vannes.there is bus lines right next to the stadium,you can purchase your tickets online or at the stadiumhttps://billetterie.staderennais.com/you can buy the...

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  • Stade de la Route de Lorient

    The home of Rennes football club is the stade de la route de lorient. It has recently been renovated and has a capacity of 31 000,which is not bad for a town of 200 000. I used to always love coming here to watch stade rennais, bu would often spend my time watching the other team.

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  • Rouges et Noirs

    If you want to see some football when in Rennes you can watch Stade Rennais play. They are currently in the first division but are always around the relegation zone. Unfortunantely they dont have the support some of the other teams enjoy but they do perform well considering Rennes is a small city of 200 000 people. They have produced some decent...

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  • Walk by the river and old center of...

    I love to walk in lovely towns and so glad we have so many in Brittany,not to leave out France.Rennes is compact, we do come by car, but then just walk all over. The area of the canal levies on the river illé that form with Vilaine the name of the department 35 where Rennes is the capital.The Ille-et-Rance canal is lovely in city center and link...

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  • The palais du Commerce

    an imposing building in the pl de la République, beautiful mansion and nice to look at even if now its the post office main office of Rennes.a bit of history of this wonderful buildingThe Palais du commerce is a monument bordering South on the place de la République. This construction in sections lasted for nearly 40 years. Before the construction...

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  • THe Tourist office of Rennes

    not always you talk in a tip about a tourist office, but the one in Rennes is especial. The former Gothic Chapel of the hospital Saint-Yves, located rue Saint-Yves, is now converted into a museum on the evolution of Rennes, and houses the tourist office of Rennes!!!lets talk from the pros views on the architecture,The main façade, on the side of...

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