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  • 1 Océanopolis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Port de Plaisance du Moulin-Blanc F - 29200 Brest

    Situated to the east of the marina and with the appearance of a giant crab, Océanopolis is a wonderful showcase for life in the world's oceans. Several giant aquariums containing 10 000 animals and 1 000 different species provide a spectacular insigh..

  • 2 Conservatoire Botanique du Vallon du Stang-Alar Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Rampe du Stang-Alar F - 29200 Brest

    This prestigious botanical conservatory is dedicated to plants threatened with extinction, ensuring their preservation and attempting to reintroduce them into their natural habitat. Its 22ha of landscaped grounds are also home to popular ornamental p..

  • 3 Brest Harbour Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    cours Dajot F - 29200 Brest

    From the orientation map at the east of the courtyard, you will find a superb view over Brest Harbour, from the mouth of the Elorn to the tip of the Portzic and the Menez-Hom. This vast 150km2 harbour leads to the ocean via a long bottleneck with ste..

  • 4 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Brest Interesting

    Museums and art

    24 rue Traverse F - 29200 Brest

    Even the Museum of Beaux-Arts lost its collections during the bombings. However, there remain paintings showing the symbolist movement and the school of Pont-Aven (Émile Bernard, Paul Sérusier, Maurice Denis).

  • 5 Naval base and arsenal Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Route de la Corniche F - 29200 Brest

    Richelieu gave the order to build a naval base here, in the Penfeld Valley, in 1631. At the end of the 19th C, a sea wall was built, creating a vast harbour where the arsenal and naval base were set up. This was followed by a submarine base, built by..

  • 6 Musée de la Marine Interesting

    Museums and art

    Boulevard de la Marine - château F - 29200 Brest

    Situated in the castle, which is also home to the naval headquarters, the Naval Museum has some scale models of ships, navigation instruments and naval paintings. At the foot of the terrace, a pocket submarine S622 and a boat used by refugees.

  • 7 Rue de Siam Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue de Siam F - 29200 Brest

    The street is named after the ambassadors who arrived in Brestto visit the court of Louis XIV.

  • 8 Pont de Recouvrance

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pont de Recouvrance F - 29200 Brest

    Straddling the Penfeld, this is the largest raising bridge in Europe. The 87-metre metallic structure lifts above the arsenal docks between four 64-metre pylons.

  • 9 Tour Tanguy

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Square Pierre-Péron F - 29200 Brest

    Opposite the castle, on the other bank of the Penfeld, this tower dominates the arsenal. This ancient walled town of Quilbignon was built in the 14C and today houses the Musée du Vieux Brest. This museum is dedicated to the city as it was in bygone d..

  • 10 Cours Dajot

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    cours Dajot F - 29200 Brest

    Pleasant walk with view of the harbour. It was built in 1769 by convicts from the maritime penal colony and was named after the brilliant engineer who drew up its plans.

  • 11 Tour Rose

    Archaeological and historical sites

    cours Dajot F - 29200 Brest

    Built by the American Battle Monuments Commission, this tower commemorates the welcome given to Americans by the people of Brest during the Great War. It was destroyed in 1941, but rebuilt in 1958. This American monument enjoys extraterritorial statu..

  • 12 Port de commerce

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai de la Douane F - 29200 Brest

    In 1860, the Commercial Port succeeded the port built on the Penfeld. It deals with 2 000 000t of commercial traffic and is a major centre for ship repairs.

  • 13 Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    boulevard de la Marine F - 29200 Brest

    Nothing apart from this castle remains of pre-war Brest. It was built on a fortified site by the Romans, and further towers and fortifications were added between the 11th and 17th C.

  • 14 Mémorial du Finistère

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Allée de Bir-Hakeim F - 29200 Brest

    In the fort of Montbarrey, named after one of Louis XVI's ministers, this memorial to the Finisterians who died between 1939 and 1946, «during and because of the War».

  • 15 Explorers' Park

    Nature and gardens

    F - 29200 Brest

    A traditional landmark in a port accustomed to acclimatizing exotic plants, this small elongated park reminds visitors of the expeditions of explorers such as Bougainville, Commerson, La Billardière, Raoul. It also features species generally found in..

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