Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #2 in Rennes, France


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 18 sights
Distance 5.3 km
Ascend 65 m
Descend 58 m

Explore Rennes in France with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Activities in RennesIndividual Sights in Rennes

Sight 1: Plages de Baud

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The Plages de Baud are a green space in Rennes, located on the banks of the Vilaine to the east of the city centre, inaugurated in June 2019. This green space, made up of play and relaxation areas but without a swimming area despite its name, is part of the new Baud-Chardonnet development area.

Wikipedia: Plages de Baud (FR)

1012 meters / 12 minutes

Sight 2: Parc Hamelin Oberthür

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Parc Hamelin Oberthür Étienne André / CC BY-SA 2.5

Parc Oberthür is a landscaped public botanical garden located east of the centre of Rennes, in the French department of Ille-et-Vilaine in the region of Brittany. Its name is inherited from the Oberthür family, in particular from François-Charles Oberthür who created it and his wife Marie Hamelin.

Wikipedia: Parc Oberthür (FR)

1085 meters / 13 minutes

Sight 3: Chapelle des Carmes

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The Carmelite Chapel of Rennes is the former chapel of the Discalced Carmelite convent of Rennes, in the commune of Rennes, in Ille-et-Vilaine, now the Evangelical Church of Tabor.

Wikipedia: Chapelle des Carmes (Rennes) (FR)

64 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 4: Hôtel de Courcy

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Hôtel de Courcy is a private mansion located in Rennes, 9 rue Martenot, opposite the La Motte square and near Parc du Thabor. Built in around 1830, it was the property of several families of Rennes before being transferred to the State during the 20th century.

Wikipedia: Hôtel de Courcy (EN)

65 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 5: Hôtel du Bon Pasteur

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The Bon Pasteur barracks, also known as the Hôtel Bon Pasteur, is a building located at 5 rue Martenot in Rennes, opposite the square de La Motte.

Wikipedia: Caserne du Bon Pasteur (FR)

126 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 6: Square de la Motte

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The Square de La Motte, formerly known as the "Promenade de La Motte overlooking the Vilaine", is a garden located in Rennes near the city centre.

Wikipedia: Square de La Motte (FR)

129 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 7: Hôtel de Marbeuf

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The Hôtel de Marbeuf or Hôtel de Caradeuc is a private mansion located to the east of the Centre district of Rennes at number 1 rue du Général-Maurice-Guillaudot.

Wikipedia: Hôtel de Marbeuf (FR)

122 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 8: Hôtel de Cuillé

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The Cuillé Hotel is a mansion located in Rennes, 2 outline of La Motte, east of the Center district, backed by the Square de la Motte.

Wikipedia: Hôtel de Cuillé (FR)

146 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 9: Piscine Saint-Georges

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The Saint-Georges swimming pool is a municipal swimming pool built between 1923 and 1926 in Rennes in the French department of Ille-et-Vilaine in the region of Brittany.

Wikipedia: Piscine Saint-Georges (FR)

200 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 10: Palais Saint-Georges

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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 Benedictine Abbey of Saint George was forced to close in 1792 during the French Revolution and the property was seized by the government. Since 1930 the building has been listed as a monument historique of France.

Wikipedia: Saint George Palace (EN)

194 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 11: Hôtel de Chalain

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The Grand Hôtel de Chalain is a private mansion located at 15, rue Saint-Georges in Rennes.

Wikipedia: Grand hôtel de Chalain (FR)

17 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 12: Petit Hôtel de Chalain

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The Petit Hôtel de Chalain is a private mansion located at 13, rue Saint-Georges in Rennes. It dates from the seventeenth century, built on three floors, it is attached to the grand Hôtel de Chalain dating from the eighteenth century and now the presbytery of the Saint-Germain church.

Wikipedia: Petit Hôtel de Chalain (FR)

28 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 13: Hôtel de la Moussaye

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The Hôtel de la Moussaye is a private mansion located in Rennes, in the Ille-et-Vilaine department.

Wikipedia: Hôtel de la Moussaye (FR)

187 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 14: Opéra de Rennes

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The Opéra de Rennes is an Italian-style opera house located in downtown Rennes, France. It was designed by Charles Millardet and built by Pierre Louise. It was inaugurated in 1836. It is located on Place de la Mairie, forming the main eastern side of the square opposite the town hall.

Wikipedia: Opéra de Rennes (EN), Website

241 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 15: Église Saint-Germain

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Saint-Germain is a parish church in Rennes, France, France. A parish of wealthy mercantile merchants and then parliamentarians, the building is in the flamboyant Gothic style. It was erected for the most part from the fifteenth century to the seventeenth century. It preserves the oldest stained-glass window in Rennes as well as quality organs.

Wikipedia: Église Saint-Germain de Rennes (FR), Website

399 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 16: Musée des Beaux-Arts

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Musée des Beaux-Arts

The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes (MBAR) is a French museum of art and archaeology.

Wikipedia: Musée des Beaux-Arts (Rennes) (FR), Website

47 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 17: Église Toussaints

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The Church of All Saints or All Saints, formerly the church of the college run by the Jesuits, is a religious building and place of worship in Rennes, in the Baroque counter-Reformation style, located south of the Vilaine, rue du Capitaine-Alfred-Dreyfus. Designed from 1624 to 1651 as the church of the Collège Saint-Thomas, this building became a parish church in 1803, replacing the old church of All Saints, which was 300 metres away.

Wikipedia: Église Toussaints de Rennes (FR)

1201 meters / 14 minutes

Sight 18: Théâtre national de Bretagne

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The Théâtre national de Bretagne is a cultural institution established in Rennes in 1990 by combining the Centre dramatique de l'Ouest and the Maison de la Culture of Rennes. For some time it was called the "Great Eight" due to the shape of its building. Its mission is centered on creation, dissemination and training at regional, national and international levels. In 2002 it attained the status of European center of dance and theater production. Its director is Arthur Nauzyciel. He also runs the school along with French actor Laurent Poitrenaux. Every year in November the TNB organizes a festival called "Le Festival du TNB" and formerly called "Mettre en scène" (staging).

Wikipedia: Théâtre National de Bretagne (EN), Website


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