Caen, a historic city in Normandy, is an elegant blend of medieval architecture, poignant war memorials, and modern vibrancy. Known as the "City of William the Conqueror," Caen beckons with its tales of yore and promises a journey through time. Read more

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Established in the 1st century BC, Caen flourished as a key political, cultural, and religious center, particularly during the reign of William the Conqueror in the 11th century. The city, however, also bears the scars of the Battle of Normandy during World War II and serves as a powerful reminder of the costs of war. While the heart of Caen houses some of Normandy's most precious medieval edifices, its outskirts host the iconic D-Day Landing beaches, drawing history enthusiasts from across the globe. Paired with its rich history, Caen's modern flair is evident in its bustling streets, eclectic restaurants, and vibrant art scene.
Caen's soul lies in its resilience, its ability to rise from the ashes, and its unwavering spirit of remembrance. Whether you're tracing the footsteps of William the Conqueror, pondering over the reverberations of World War II, or immersing yourself in contemporary Caen, the city promises an enriching experience.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Caen

Château de Caen

A fortress built by William the Conqueror, it stands as a symbol of Norman architectural prowess and houses several museums within its walls.

Memorial de Caen

A thought-provoking museum that delves into the history of the 20th century, focusing on World War II, the Battle of Normandy, and the Cold War.

Abbey of Saint-Étienne (Men's Abbey)

Founded by William the Conqueror, this stunning Romanesque abbey is the resting place of the famous king.

Abbey of Sainte-Trinité (Women's Abbey)

Another masterpiece founded by William the Conqueror, it's renowned for its Romanesque architecture and is the burial site of Queen Matilda.

Église Saint-Pierre

A beautiful church boasting a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architectural elements.

Jardin des Plantes

A verdant oasis in the city, this botanical garden offers a serene space for relaxation and nature appreciation.

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Situated within the castle, this museum showcases a vast collection of European art from the 15th to the 20th century.

Vieux Quartier (Old Quarter)

Wander through cobbled streets and witness the half-timbered houses, encapsulating Caen's medieval charm.

Ornano Stadium

A modern sports facility, it's the home ground for the city's football team and hosts various events throughout the year.

Pegasus Bridge Museum

Located a short drive from Caen, this museum commemorates the first liberating mission of D-Day and the valor of British airborne troops.

What else to visit
In and around Caen

Bayeux (26.31 km)

Bayeux, a picturesque town in Normandy, is renowned for its historical tapestry that vividly depicts the Norman Conquest. Beyond its textile fame, the town offers Gothic architecture, centuries-old tales and a close proximity to the D-Day landing beaches.

Honfleur (51.12 km)

Nestled where the Seine River meets the English Channel, Honfleur enchants with its timeless allure and picturesque old port, a true artist's muse.

Rouen (109.88 km)

Nestled along the Seine River in Normandy, Rouen is a mesmerizing blend of Gothic splendor, rich history, and vibrant culture.

Claude Monet's Garden at Giverny (139.11 km)

Drenched in colors and dappled light, Claude Monet's Garden at Giverny is where nature's palette meets the artist's vision. An ethereal paradise, this garden served as Monet's muse and became the immortal backdrop for his legendary Water Lilies series.

Palace of Versailles (186.51 km)

The Palace of Versailles stands as a monumental testament to the grandeur of French royalty. A maze of opulent rooms, vast gardens, and mesmerizing artistry, Versailles encapsulates the very essence of regal splendor and the ambitions of a kingdom.

Angers (191.09 km)

Angers, the historic gem of the Loire Valley, invites visitors to step back in time amidst its medieval architecture and vibrant cultural scene.

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