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Built in the 13th century, the château des ducs de Bretagne, listed as a historic monument in 1862, bears witness to many architectural changes over the course of history. Its current look reflects the city's military past. An Impressive fortress, it is today a museum dedicated to the history of Nantes. The proposed route is based on major themes such as the famous characters of the castle, the Atlantic slave trade or the place de Nantes in the great wars. Temporary exhibitions punctuate its cultural program and artistic installations are regularly exhibited, especially during the Voyage à Nantes, a festival of contemporary art held every summer. The moats of the castle offer a pleasant space to walk around, and is a popular place for many musicians to perform at events such as the Folle Journée. The ramparts of the castle offer a stroll high up to appreciate the neighborhoods bordering the building. You will see the lovely Lu Tower, a remnant of the old biscuit factory, or the Gothic architecture of the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes. Explore the winding streets of the old town, where cafes and restaurants come to life happily from lunchtime by booking your Kyriad Nantes Center Graslin hotel.
As an economically and culturally up and coming metropolis on the Atlantic coast, Nantes has become a popular European destination. For more than 25 years, the Cité des congrès has contributed to the influence of the city by offering and organizing multiple events (congresses, exhibitions, gala evenings, shows, etc.). Benefiting from a location in the city center, opposite the TGV station, it is one of the most dynamic convention centers in France. Artists such as Benjamin Biolay, Véronique Sanson, Gérard Jugnot or Anne Roumanoff are there. A popular ballet venue, it also allows you to attend dance performances by major companies such as ballet and the Russian National Orchestra. With three auditoriums, thirty halls and a hall with natural lighting, the Cité is particularly well suited for corporate events. If you are looking for a place to organize a project, the team responsible for the room puts its know-how at your disposal and supports you in bringing it to fruition. Before returning to your hotel Kyriad Nantes Center Graslin, let yourself be tempted by refreshment at Le Lieu unique. Located 5 minutes walk from the Cité, following the Saint-Félix canal, this art center sits in the building which was formerly a biscuit factory.
Inaugurated in 1978, the Jules Verne Museum presents a collection of manuscripts, letters, portraits, models of retro-futuristic machines (such as the Nautilus), posters and other objects that belonged to the writer (like an old globe), aimed at highlighting Nantes' heritage. The course is organized around the major periods of the author's life, but also around themes that were dear to him (like the marine world, unknown worlds...). A screening room and a reading room complete the trip. From your Kyriad Nantes Center Graslin hotel, stroll along the banks of the Loire River. You will discover the Maillé-Brézé, a former destroyer built in the 1950s and the first French naval museum of this size. The Jules Verne Museum is located a little further on the Butte Sainte-Anne, in a 19th century mansion. Jules Verne was born in Nantes in 1828; he spent his childhood there before leaving for other countries. Regarded as one of the most translated authors in the world, he is one of the most famous historical figures of the city. Besides the museum, many projects pay homage to him (such as the Machines de l'île which recall his whimsical universe).
If you’re spending a week in Nantes, take advantage of your stay to dive into the city’s turbulent history. Discover its role in the 18th-century slave trade with a visit to the Slavery Abolition Memorial, then learn about its industrial past at the old Tobacco Factory or the former LU cookie factory, now a performance venue. Extend your exploration of Loire-Atlantique and local cuisine with a stop at one of our Kyriad hotels in Saint-Nazaire, La Baule or Pornic, for stroll down the beach or a meal at the port.