Museums and tourist attractions

Whether you are in a distinctive hotel from the 18th century, on a boat, in one of the biggest private aquariums in Europe, in scenery recreated to size, in real bustling wineries or castles; La Rochelle’s museums and tourist attractions in the heart of La Rochelle and the surrounding area take you on incredible journeys to the heart of science, art, history and nature... Now boarding!

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CHATEAU DE LA PÉRAUDIÈRE
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The Normandin-Mercier Cognac and Pineau des Charentes house is open for you to visit its old distillery and cellars, and for you to taste its Cognacs and Pineau de Charentes. There are also workshops where you can learn even more about the art of tasting or blending. Visits and tastings from Monday to Friday at 10 am and 2:30...

Francis Giraudon
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The old gate of the 12th-century wall that separated the port from the city. The solid 14th-century base had two openings, one for pedestrians and the other for carriages until 1672, when a single arcade was made. Similarly, in 1746, its pepperpot roofs were replaced by a dome decorated with pilasters, columns and cupids...

vue du port sur le batiment de l'aquarium
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Located in the city center, facing the old harbor, discover one of the greatest European private aquariums. During 2h, visit the heart of the Ocean, meet over 12 000 marine animals, and be amazed by the biodiversity of the Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea and Tropics. Explore the underwater world, from the fragile jellyfish, to...

Francis Giraudon
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Rebuilt in the 18th century on the site of the former Courthouse erected by Henry IV, it was completed at the beginning of the Revolution which, after scraping away the fleur-de-lys, inscribed the still visible inscription on the façade: "Temple of Justice under the reign of Liberty and Equality, year II of the French...

CLOCHER ST BARTHELEMY
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Corner of Rue Pernelle and Rue Aufrédy. Gothic bell tower from the 15th century. It belonged to the Church of Saint-Barthélemy, which was destroyed in 1568 during the Wars of Religion. It was here that the election of the Mayor of La Rochelle was held every year, at the Quasimodo.

COGNAC ET PINEAU NORMANDIN-MERCIER
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The Normandin-Mercier Cognac and Pineau des Charentes house is open for you to visit its old distillery and cellars, and for you to taste its Cognacs and Pineau de Charentes. There are also workshops where you can learn even more about the art of tasting or blending. Visits and tastings from Monday to Friday at 10 am and 2:30...

BUNKER DE LA ROCHELLE
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An incredible 300m² bunker right in the heart of the city where you can discover the history of La Rochelle from 1939 to its liberation on 8th May 1945! Built secretively in 1941 to protect German submarine commanders from the bombs, it has remained intact since 1945, and is finally open to the public! Educational booklets.

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