Europe's green capital, the city of Jules Verne, appeals because of its cultural energy, its rich cultural heritage, and the quality of life it offers.
Follow the footsteps of Jules Verne
Roam around Nantes in all of its forms. The historic city of the dukes of Brittany, a world of culture, architecture, and history await you. By foot or on a bike, travel the city in the footsteps of Jules Verne, Nantes' famous writer, and your first visit will lead you right to the museum dedicated to him. You will learn about both his life and his works thanks to numerous original manuscripts as well as various documents, images, videos, installations, etc.
Charming summer strolls
Moving straight on will take you to the Musée d’Art de Nantes, which re-opened on June 23rd after six years of work with a new building dedicated to contemporary art. Enjoy the summer sunshine and have a picnic in the Jardin des Plantes. The 300-year-old botanical gardens charm visitors passing through with its tropical glasshouses, its orangery, its tearoom, and the artistic installations by Claude Ponti. Up until July 9th, in Nantes' parks and gardens, you can participate in the 7th edition of Urban Voices with a dozen or so open-air concerts on the theme of the "Route of the Celts".
Explore the Galerie des Machines
Nantes' unbeatable attraction remains the Galerie des Machines, an unprecedented artistic project born from the imaginations of François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, at the crossroads of Jules Verne’s "invented worlds", the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and of Nantes’ industrial history (it is located on the exceptional site of Nantes' former shipyards). Large scale mechanical creations delight children and adults alike. You can, for example, take the controls of a giant mechanical heron with an 8-meter-long wingspan. You can also participate in the second edition of the Nantes Maker Campus taking place on July 7-9, where tech enthusiasts, junior scientists, startupers, artists, students, or mere amateurs can come and showcase their creations or share their knowledge.
Not far from the Machines de l’Île, end the day in style with an unusual little gastronomic jaunt to the O Deck restaurant. You can taste cream of pumpkin and chestnut soup and mushroom cannelloni while floating on board the Nantilus, for a moment of calm moving to the rhythm of the current.
Credit: © Jean-Dominique Billau, via lesmachines-nantes.fr
The former courthouse of the city of Nantes, the Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes has been able to retain the building's spirit on the exterior while bringing a note of design and modernity to the interior. The contrast is pretty impressive!