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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TOURS DE LA ROCHELLE
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Saint Nicolas Tower : This military building facing the ocean symbolises the power and wealth of La Rochelle. Both a true keep, 42 metres high, and a residence, it was constructed around a labyrinth of staircases and corridors built within its walls. Chain Tower : From this Tower, entry to the old port, movement of ships was...

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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. Experiment a brand new immersion into the underwater world,...

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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.

CHATEAU DE DAMPIERRE SUR BOUTONNE
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A Renaissance-era gem, the Castle of Dampierre is ticked away in the Boutonne Valley amidst a scattering of little enchanted islands where classic French Flowerbeds, a maze, a blossoming poplar grove and a little wood await. the castle is a spectacular architectural feat, boasting a sculpted gallery carved with a mysterious...

CITE DE L'HUITRE
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Situated on the Cayenne canal between the marshes and oyster farmer cabins, the oyster centre welcomes you to discover the world of oyster farming. Learn about the profession, the natural site, and a remarkable natural environment: 2 discovery sites, activities, exhibitions, games, cycling, traditional local cabin fishing,...

LES VIGNERONS DE L'ILE DE RE
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Come and visit us, and discover the secret of the perfect blend of tradition and modernity. Sheltered by the Gulf Stream and rocked by the mild Atlantic climate, the vineyards of the island slowly mature in the Charentais sun. Combination of a beautiful terroir and an ancestral know-how, the vine products are awaiting you at...

CHATEAU DE LA ROCHE COURBON
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Built in the 15th century, this fortified castle was transformed into a country residence in the 17th century by the marquis Jean-Louis de Courbon. 3-hour visit of a lived-in and furnished castle. PREHISTOZEN tour (from May to October) to discover the prehistoric caves in a wild natural setting.

PALEOSITE
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10 minutes from Saintes, the Paléosite invites you to embark on a journey back to prehistoric times: life-size exhibition, shows on giant screens, 3D shows, facial morphing, full-body scan, etc. Outdoors, you’ll discover the Neanderthal and Homo sapiens villages, a mammoth cemetery, models and life-size animals. Prehistoric...

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