Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #1 in Dunkirk, France


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 5 sights
Distance 1.9 km
Ascend 33 m
Descend 29 m

Experience Dunkirk in France in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Individual Sights in Dunkirk

Sight 1: Musée Portuaire

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The Dunkirk Maritime and Port Museum is a maritime museum and a society museum, located in a place built in 1868 that once housed a tobacco warehouse, the Bourdon store. It was born in 1992 from the initiative of former dockers who, as early as the 1970s, had undertaken to gather and preserve testimonies of their profession and their environment. Consisting mainly of traditional dockers' tools, it was therefore initially a professional museum that was enriched and considerably developed later. The initial collections were thus completed by the museum's acquisitions and deposits, mainly from the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce (iconography) and the city's Museum of Fine Arts (models).

Wikipedia: Musée portuaire de Dunkerque (FR)

262 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 2: Le Sandettié

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The Sandettié, the sixth of the name, named by association to the Banc de Sandettié, is the last French lightship to have been put into service. Built in 1947 at the Forges et chantiers de la Méditerranée, in Graville le Havre, under the name BF 6, it was decommissioned in June 1989 when it was bought by the city of Dunkirk. The last person to have brought it into port was Daniel Manier. It is now part of the afloat collection of the Dunkirk Port Museum alongside the three-masted Duchesse Anne.

Wikipedia: Sandettié (bateau-feu) (FR)

78 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 3: La Duchesse Anne

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Duchesse Anne is the last remaining full-rigged ship under French flag. She was built in 1901 with a steel hull by the yard of Joh. C. Tecklenborg of Bremerhaven-Geestemünde (Germany) according to plans drawn by Georg W. Claussen. The mainmast is 48 m tall and 25 sails were rigged. She was used as a training ship for young aspiring sailors in the German merchant marine.

Wikipedia: Duchesse Anne (EN)

705 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 4: Princess Elizabeth

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PS Princess Elizabeth is a passenger-carrying paddle steamer which was built by Day, Summers and Company in 1927 for Southampton, Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Limited, that is noted for being one of the Little Ships of Dunkirk, and is now a static floating restaurant in Dunkirk.

Wikipedia: PS Princess Elizabeth (EN), Website

841 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 5: Hôtel de Ville de Dunkerque

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Dunkirk's town hall is a century-old building. Damaged during the two world wars, it was restored each time. In 2005, the belfry of the town hall was admitted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site among the belfries of Belgium and France. The city of Dunkirk has two of them, the second being the belfry of the Saint-Éloi church about a hundred meters from the town hall. The town hall is the administrative centre of the city, as in most cities, the city council, marriage, civil status, etc. take place there. but it is also one of the must-see places of the Dunkirk gang during the carnival. The Jean-Bart gate, the belfry of the town hall as well as its façade and roofs are listed as historical monuments.

Wikipedia: Hôtel de ville de Dunkerque (FR), Website


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