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Welcome to Rennes

Part medieval powerhouse and part buzzing student city, Brittany's capital is as renowned for its rich heritage as its lively nightlife. A warren of cobbled lanes and timber-framed buildings mark the remainder of Rennes' historic quarter—mostly destroyed by a 1720 fire—and walking tours reveal highlights such as the Breton parliament building and the Thabor gardens. Rennes' thriving cultural scene also serves up enough art museums, festivals, and bars to keep travelers entertained, but a day trip to the nearby Mont St. Michel is easily one of the best things to do in Rennes.

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Is Rennes worth visiting?

Yes, Rennes is worth visiting, even if only to eat the region’s culinary specialties—try crepes, galettes, and cider for starters. The capital of Brittany and a university town, Rennes buzzes year-round with a mix of past and present. It’s where slanting, half-timber houses rub shoulders with towering, glass-fronted modern buildings.

What is Rennes known for?

Like many places in France, Rennes is famous for history and art. The city dates back to Roman times, and that history is visible in the varied façades of the buildings. Art lovers are spoiled in Rennes, with the Bordeaux Museum of Fine Arts a highlight.

Why should I go to Rennes?

You’ll want to marvel at the old town’s half-timber buildings, which drunkenly slant to one side with beams that resemble cross-stitching patterns. The other reason to visit Rennes is for the food. Buckwheat galettes are a mainstay, and being the capital of Brittany, the seafood here is a standout.

Why should I visit Rennes?

Visit Rennes to immerse yourself in French life. The city is gorgeous, but it’s not created for tourists. It’s lived in, and you’ll find everyone from students to the elderly populating the town. It’s greener than Paris, with many urban parks, and some of the country’s best food markets.

What is there to do in Rennes at night?

There’s lots to do in Rennes at night. The university city has many bars, particularly along the river banks. Rennes is also good for live music. La Basse Cour, on an old farm, offers an eclectic mix of activities, from daytime baklava-making classes to intimate nighttime concerts.

Does Rennes have a beach?

No, although Rennes is the capital of Brittany, it’s not by the sea. But you can reach some of the best beaches in the country easily. The walled port town of Saint-Malo is an hour by train, and Dinard, across the estuary from Saint-Malo, is a favorite celebrity seaside resort.


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