City Orientation Walk, Rennes

The capital of Brittany in the northwest of France, Rennes is renowned for its medieval half-timbered architecture and grand Rennes Cathedral. The local Parc du Thabor features a rose garden and aviary, while the local Museum of Fine Arts, situated on the southern bank of the Vilaine river, displays collection of Botticelli, Rubens and Picasso works. The Champs Libres cultural center is a home to the Brittany Museum. These and other major attractions of Rennes await you on this orientation walk.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: France » Rennes (See other walking tours in Rennes)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Author: DanaU
Parlement of Brittany

1) Parlement of Brittany (must see)

The Parlement of Brittany was a court of justice, under France’s Ancien Régime, with its seat at Rennes. Plans were drawn by the city architect, German Gaultier and reviewed by Salomon of Brush (designer of the facades). Built in a restrained style, the parliament of Brittany decided to site the palace in the heart of the city of Rennes, where the parliamentary representatives have sat ever since 1655. The building has been recently restored, following severe fire damage on February 5, 1994,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Rennes Cathedral

2) Rennes Cathedral (must see)

Rennes Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral, located in the town of Rennes. It is a historic monument since 1906. It is the seat of the Archbishops of Rennes, previously Bishops of Rennes. The site has been used for a cathedral more or less from the beginnings of the see in the 6th century. The earliest building was completely replaced by a Gothic cathedral in the 12th century, of which in 1490 the tower and the entire west front collapsed. The existing façade with its neoclassical granite...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Saint-Yves Chapel

3) Saint-Yves Chapel

Located on the corner of Rue Saint-Yves and Rue Le-Bouteiller, Saint-Yves is an old chapel, formerly dedicated to Roman Catholic worship. In 1358, Eudon Le Bouteiller decided to transform his mansion into a hospice dedicated to the holy Virgin and later to Saint Yves. The present chapel was built in 1494 on the site of the old construction.

Since 1945, Saint-Yves Chapel is considered a historic monument. In 1981, it was restored and refurbished to house the office of tourism for the town on...   view more
Hôtel de Blossac

4) Hôtel de Blossac

The Hôtel de Blossac is an 18th century hôtel particulier in the historic center of Rennes, Brittany. Made of two main wings, the building was built in 1728, after the 1720 Rennes city fire, supposedly on a drawing by Jacques Gabriel. It has a unique classical architecture in Brittany, including its size, the size of its frame, the assembly of several architectural buildings and grand staircase.

Protected under the historic monuments in 1947, it undergoes a complete exterior restoration...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Church of St. Sauveur

5) Church of St. Sauveur (must see)

Located in the heart of the historic city center of Rennes, Church of St. Sauveur is a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church, dedicated to Our Lady of Miracles and Virtues. It is said that many miracles have happened within this church. The original construction was in Gothic style, but after its collapse in 1682, it was rebuilt in classical style in 1703. The basilica is particularly noted for its stunning altar canopy, wrought iron pulpit and it's organ. The exterior design of the...   view more
Rennes City Hall

6) Rennes City Hall

Rennes City Hall was built after the 1720 Great Fire of Rennes, between 1734 and 1743 by Jacques V. Gabriel, while Toussaint-François Rallier du Baty was mayor. In the center of the building, under the clock tower, there is a niche which originally housed a statue of Louis XV. The statue was however destroyed during the revolution and was replaced by a group of sculptures, the work of Jean Boucher, representing the Union of Brittany and France with Anne of Brittany kneeling before a female...   view more
Palace of Commerce

7) Palace of Commerce

The Palace of Commerce is located in the Square of the Republic and is another must see architectural masterpiece. Known as the “Palace of Post”, it is a former stock exchange and currently a post office. It was built from 1885 to 1929 by the architects Jean-Baptiste Martenot and Emmanuel Le Ray, and decorated with a mosaic by Isidore Odorico. The construction was carried out in two phases, due to a fire in 1911. The building hosted the Regional School of Fine Arts and the National...   view more
Museum of Brittany

8) Museum of Brittany (must see)

Located at Cours des Alliés, the Museum of Brittany is a real treasure trove for those who want to get a broader understanding of Brittany. It hosts three permanent exhibitions focused on the region, its history and its people. The first exhibition features audio-visual material about Brittany in general; the second one takes us back in time and walks us through the history of Brittany; and the last exhibition presents Captain Dreyfus, who was accused of spying for Germany. The Museum of...   view more
Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes

9) Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes (must see)

The Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes is a municipal museum whose collections range from ancient Egypt antiquities to the Modern art period and make the museum one of the most important in France outside Paris, notably for its paintings and drawings holdings.

The museum was established in 1794 during the French Revolution like most of the main French museums. Its first collections were the confiscated artworks of the churches and public buildings of Rennes. However the majority of the present...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Saint George Palace

10) Saint George Palace (must see)

The Saint George Palace is an historic building in the city of Rennes. Formerly an abbey residence, it was built in 1670 to replace a much older abbey building that stood on the same site. The central feature of the building is its long gallery of nineteen two-storey windows and paired nineteen granite arches. The gallery is accessed by a large double staircase with substantial stone balustrade. At either end of the main gallery section are two pavilions in the same style. The mansard roof...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Saint-Germain Church

11) Saint-Germain Church (must see)

Saint-Germain Church is a Gothic parish church, located at Rue de Vau Saint-Germain in Rennes. It was built between the 15th and the 17th century, and features the oldest stained glass in Rennes, as well as antique organs. The most spectacular part of the exterior of the church is the south porch, which dates back to the Late Renaissance (1606-1623). It is the work of Germain Gaultier, the first architect of the Parliament of...   view more

12) Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine (must see)

Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine is a French abbey church that served as cathedral during the first half of the 19th century. Between 1803 and 1844, the cathedral of Saint-Pierre de Rennes, demolished in the late 18th century and not yet rebuilt, could no longer be used neither as cathedral nor as sanctuary. Étienne Célestin Enoch, the bishop of Rennes, decided to use the church of Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine as temporary seat of the diocese, which thus became the pro-cathedral. The sanctuary of...   view more
Parc du Thabor

13) Parc du Thabor

Park located in Rennes near the city center, is a public park laid out on more than ten hectares whose particularity 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.

The park of Thabor is classified Prestigious garden of type 1 by the city of Rennes, it benefits from a considerable maintenance to satisfy the criteria of a very structured garden with the elaborate and varied floral...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Rennes, France

Create Your Own Walk in Rennes

Create Your Own Walk in Rennes

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rennes 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.
Religious Walking Tour in Rennes

Religious Walking Tour in Rennes

Rennes is a city rich with religious heritage and has plenty to offer for the religious oriented traveler. Among the most important religious sights, you will find the Rennes Cathedral, Saint-Yves Chapel, Jacobite Convent, and many more places of worship. Take this walking tour to see the best religious places Rennes can offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Architectural Tour in Rennes

Architectural Tour in Rennes

Rennes is known as a city of art and history, it has plenty to offer its visitors. Among which, a number of beautiful historic monuments. Most of the city's “monuments historiques" can also be found within the historic city center and can be covered in a single tour. Take this tour to the most fabulous buildings in the city of Rennes.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Museums and Art Galleries Walk in Rennes

Museums and Art Galleries Walk in Rennes

The city of Rennes invests heavily in art and culture, it features numerous museums and art galleries that are well worth visiting. If you consider yourself an admirer of art, take this self-guided walking tour and admire the city's art side.The city of Rennes invests heavily in art and culture, it features numerous museums and art galleries that are well worth visiting. If you consider yourself an admirer of art, take this self-guided walking tour and admire the city's art side.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Nightclubs Walk in Rennes

Nightclubs Walk in Rennes

Consider the city's student population, which is quite large, and you will immediately realize that Rennes has a booming nightlife. If you are a real clubber and want to blast the night, Thursday is the perfect day for it. Most students go home on weekends, so usually all the revelries take place on Thursday. Take this tour to be best nightspots in the city of Rennes.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km