Bordeaux Cultural Tour, Bordeaux

As a cultural center, Bordeaux plays an important role not only in France alone. The city abounds in history, culture and traditions. Everyone who comes to Bordeaux has lots of new things to see and discover. If you’re an art lover and want to see the most important cultural places in the city, you may use the tour below, which will help you find them easier.
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Bordeaux Cultural Tour Map

Guide Name: Bordeaux Cultural Tour
Guide Location: France » Bordeaux (See other walking tours in Bordeaux)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
Author: alexander
Base Sous Marine

1) Base Sous Marine

To the north of Bordeaux’s historic city center lies a remnant of one of the city’s darkest periods. Like much of France, it was occupied by Nazi Germany throughout the Second World War. On a large dock attached to the Garonne river, they constructed a concrete base to house their Atlantic fleet of submarines. Bordeaux was chosen as home for a base due to its coastal location, and distance from the key battlegrounds further north. Prior to occupation, the base had been used to house Italian submarines, but it was greatly enlarged and reinforced by the Nazis.

The scale of the base is hard to fathom; it covers an area of 43,000 square meters, all contained beneath a 9 meter thick roof. 600,000 cubic meters of concrete were used in its construction, much of which was carried out by Spanish and Portuguese prisoners of war. The monument to those who lost their lives is a reminder of the brutality of the Nazi regime. Whilst all U-boats and submarines were destroyed when the Allied fleet took control of the base in 1944, the base still stands, only used occasionally by local yachtsmen to carry out repairs. A haunting, derelict structure, it is in stark contrast to the fine churches of the city center – but no less intrinsic to the history of Bordeaux.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cap Sciences

2) Cap Sciences (must see)

Cap Sciences is a major exhibition spot in Bordeaux, designed as a center of scientific, technical, and industrial culture. It hosts informative expositions, conferences and workshops that children and teenagers are always excited to attend.

Why You Should Visit:
The young staff are friendly, motivated, and willing to communicate in English (though activities are in French).

Opening Hours:
Tue, Wed, Fri: 2-6pm; Thu: 11am-6pm; Sat-Sun: 2-7pm
Musée du Vin et du Négoce

3) Musée du Vin et du Négoce (must see)

The city of Bordeaux is one of France’s largest and most historic, yet it is undoubtedly most well known for one thing – WINE. The Bordeaux region produces an astonishing 960 million bottles of it each year. The area has been producing wine since Roman times but flourished when the city came under British rule in the 12th century. It has been one of the world’s leading wine regions for centuries, largely due to the local geography. Limestone beneath the soil makes it fertile and calcium rich, whilst the flat, well-irrigated land and cool Atlantic climate are perfect grape growing conditions.

The city of Bordeaux’s global success is celebrated by the Bordeaux Museum of Wine. The museum is found on rue Borie, a side street close to the left bank of the Garonne river, which flows through the city. Visitors can learn about the extensive history of the local wine trade, and how the wines made in Bordeaux became so globally renowned. The museum also features a functioning wine cellar and several historic documents from the region.

Why You Should Visit:
Unfortunately the videos are only in French but otherwise, these cellars are worth the visit.
You can move around at your own pace and look at the items. There is a good English translation.
There's also a cool smelling game you can play at the end, as well as a small guided tasting.

Don't forget to buy some of the wine-soaked chocolate-covered raisins, a treat not to be missed!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm
Comédie Gallien

4) Comédie Gallien

Comédie Gallien is the place to charge up with positive energy. When it's show time, the theater is completely packed. Famous comedians from all over the country come to perform one man shows, farces or Vaudeville genre.
Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux

5) Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux (must see)

The Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux is located on a grand square, adjacent to Rue Esprit des Lois, in the city’s cultured Grands Hommes quarter. Inaugurated in 1780, it was designed by renowned French architect, Victor Louis, who won the commission after earning the Grand Prix de Rome, a scholarship scheme for gifted young artists and architects. The young architect went on to design the famous Théâtre-Français in Paris.

Victor Louis’ vision for the Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux was certainly ambitious – conceived as a ‘temple of the Arts’, it has a wide portico entrance, complimenting the building’s Neoclassical design. The entrance features 12 colossal Corinthian-style columns, each topped with a statue, representing the nine Muses and three Goddesses – Juno, Venus and Minerva.

The theater's interior is arguably equal to its spectacular exterior. Recently renovated, its vast auditorium has been repainted in its original colors of blue, white and gold – the traditional colors of French royalty. Superbly preserved, it is one of the last remaining wooden framed theaters in Europe. Once a temporary seat for the French Parliament, it is now home to two of the city’s most esteemed theatrical groups – the National Opera and National Ballet of Bordeaux.

Why You Should Visit:
The architecture from outside is great but inside the gold gilding and ornate decoration everywhere you look is amazing.
The pre- and post-restoration rooms on view are light and airy, and the guided tour is hugely informative.

Check ahead to see if there are any concerts you can attend and book ahead of time.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bordeaux Monumental

6) Bordeaux Monumental

Bordeaux Monumental, represents a project of the Tourist Office, that hosts open exhibitions, that are often updated with all important features pertaining to life in Bordeaux and the city's history. The exhibits allow visitors to go back in time and learn lots of things about Bordeaux. There is also a nice souvenir shop you might like to check out.

Walking Tours in Bordeaux, France

Create Your Own Walk in Bordeaux

Create Your Own Walk in Bordeaux

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bordeaux is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museum Walking Tour in Bordeaux

Museum Walking Tour in Bordeaux

As you take a short walk around Bordeaux you'll notice that several places here express real English influence, and that is because Bordeaux was managed by Englishmen for quite a long time. For a better understanding of the history and culture of this town you may visit some of its most popular and informative museums which are listed in the following guide.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Christian Sanctuaries Tour in Bordeaux

Christian Sanctuaries Tour in Bordeaux

You can find a good concentration of various religious buildings in Bordeaux: churches, cathedrals and temples. Do not hesitate to take a tour through the famous Christian places of worship in town. The guide below may help you have this enriching experience.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Cabarets and Comedy Club Tour in Bordeaux

Cabarets and Comedy Club Tour in Bordeaux

There are many places in Bordeaux where you can spend a good time in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Originated in France and best performed here, the cabarets and comedy clubs are important night spots in the city today. In order to learn more about these entertaining venues you just have to follow the tour suggested below.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Contemporary Landmarks Tour

Contemporary Landmarks Tour

Bordeaux is rich in old historical landmarks, yet it features many edifices of different contemporary architectural ideas, which represent the new and modern life of the city. Get familiarized with this side of the city's architecture and have fun visiting contemporary landmarks of Bordeaux.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.4 km
Bordeaux Shopping Tour

Bordeaux Shopping Tour

Bordeaux is one of the most attractive shopping destinations in France. The city is home to countless boutiques and shops, everything from fashion, food and wine to arts and antiques. This shopping tour will help you quickly find your way to some of the best shops Bordeaux has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Daily Life Tour in Bordeaux

Daily Life Tour in Bordeaux

Walking through Bordeaux and sightseeing is nice, but if you want to have a true cultural experience, we suggest you find out more about the daily life of locals, their traditions and routine. Here is a list of the common places that locals visit on a regular basis.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bordeaux for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bordeaux has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bordeaux, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.