from Coach Charter Germany
would like to introduce Nantes
, a city in western France
, which is situated in eastern Brittany on the Loire River and has a long history as a port and manufacturing hub. The medieval castle of Nantes used to be the seat of the dukes of Brittany. Today, the restored building houses a multimedia museum on local history. Visitors will walk on the reinforced walls of defense. This area has long been regarded as a place with many beautiful castles, which seem to overlap with each other in their glory. Another is on the bank of the river, the other has large vineyards of its own, but the other is nice in its vertical height. You have to see for yourself to be able to judge it, and in the following lines you can read a little insight into what could be waiting for you.
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We have a few ideas for places to visit in Nantes for you. Here are our top ten tricks to use on your own Coach Charter Tour Bus:
1. Les Robots de l'Ile
It's a mechanical machine built in the form of an elephant. It was designed by two French artists, Francois Delaroziere and Pierre Orefice, influenced by Leonardo da Vinci. The elephant is one of the great puppets of the mechanical machine show Les Machines, which is still in Nantes and delights visitors all year round. In the popular display of mechanical cars, tourists believe like they are "alive," which is one of the reasons why tickets to the display are being redeemed at an unprecedented pace. The graffiti wall of the built-in bus is also nearby. Nantes graffiti can be seen at any step of the way, giving the city a special charm.
2. Garden of the Plants
Classified as one of the most impressive gardens in France, the Jardin des Plantes comprises 10,000 species in its seven hectares. The gardens are situated right in the middle of the city, just ten minutes' walk from the Château des Ducs de Bretagne. The Palm House is a stunning late 19th-century metal and glass building with tropical American plants, while the three greenhouses on the sides have orchids from Africa and Asia. You'll see mature trees like 220-year-old magnolia as you walk the paths.
3. Château des Ducs of Brittany
The former house of the Dukes of Brittany is the last château of the Loire River before being drained into the Atlantic Ocean. The fortified palace is situated in the eastern part of the old town, but it is hard to overlook the heavy walls and towers that surround the elegant Grand Logis where the Dukes resided. The castle was built in the 13th century and occupied by the Dukes for 300 years before it became a royal French residence in the 1500s. You can reach the courtyard and ramparts free of charge, however you pay to access the past of the Nantes.
4. Pommeraye Passage
Between Rue de la Fosse and Rue Santeuil, this 1843 shopping arcade is not only a trendy place to shop, it is an imaginative piece of architecture and a photo-worthy sight. The passage was built on a steep slope and adapted to the nine-metre height difference with a clever intermediate floor between the two street levels. Passage Pommeraye is now as sparkling as it was 160 years ago, with neo-Renaissance sculpture and stonework, iron and glass roofs that fill the galleries with natural light, wrought-iron lamps and handrails – not forgetting its exquisite literary collection.
5. Feydeau Island
If you're exploring Île Feydeau, you might wonder why this area just south of the center is called an island, or why the streets have names like Quai Turenne when there's no sign of water. Indeed, it was an island until the 1930s, when one of the Loire 's arms was cut off. Before the 18th century, Feydeau was an uninhabitable marshland before the land reclamation project had created a dignified quarter for the wealthy merchants of the city to live. Their flat-fronted houses are impressive, with iron balconies, mansard roofs and sculpted stone grotesques.
6. Natural History Museum
The Museum of Natural History of Nantes has a fine setting in the old town of Mint and has galleries for every branch of natural science: there are zoological, paleontological, mineralogical, ethnographic and a host of other collections from fields with long names, collected since the 1700s. The show, sure to turn heads, is the fin whale skeleton in the Zoology Museum, more than 18 meters long and suspended from the ceiling. The Vivarium, which was completed in 1955 and recently renovated, has a collection of terrariums with snakes and other unusual reptiles.
7. The Cambronne Course
A part of the new town district of the 18th century, Cours Cambronne is a magnificent square between two 180-metre-long terraces of neoclassical mansions. Stroll down the main road to see the statue of Pierre Cambronne, a military officer who was born in Nantes and injured in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Seventeen of the magnificent pilaster mansions on the square are listed in the inventory of French historical monuments. One of the most notable is the Hôtel Scheult, situated at the top of Rue Piron, which has a newly renovated facade.
8. The History of Printing
Nantes has had a long association with printing presses since the first title, Les Lunettes des Princes, was written by the Breton poet Jean Meschinot in 1493. The museum was established in 1986 by master printer Sylvain Chiffoleau and typographer Robert Colombeau and has a remarkable collection of manual and mechanical printing presses. Intaglio plates, lithograph plates, dyes and conventional typing molds are also available. And if all that sounds disconcerting to you, then you can take a tour to get the inside track of the printing industry in Nantes and see how all this mysterious machinery has been used.
9. Place du Bouffay
This square is situated in the center of Bouffay, the oldest district of Nantes. The name of the street, "Place du Pilori" (Pilory) or "Rue de la Juiverie" (Jewry), gives you a sense of the age of this district. In the pedestrian streets you can see half-timbered houses from the 1400's side by side with pubs, crêperies and some of the city's liveliest night spots. The square you see is from the 1700's, but there are evocative signs of a more distant history.
Trentemoult is a former fishing village on the left bank of the Loire, belonging to the town of Rezé. It's only a few minutes from the center through the Navibus ferry, and many hipsters, musicians and well-to-do families from the area have settled down in Trentemoult. You will traverse the labyrinth of scurrying streets with brightly decorated cottages from the 18th and 19th centuries.
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