Forget the guidebook, the VAN (Voyage à Nantes) is the ultimate way to discover Nantes! All year round, just follow the green line on the ground to drift from modern architecture to classic monuments, contemporary art to historic streetscapes, from hip urban vistas to breath-taking views over the Loire… The best way to see the city!
SEE THE CITY BY ELEPHANT
All aboard the giant elephant! This incredible piece of moving architecture takes up to forty-nine passengers for an unforgettable ride through the Nantes shipyards, with stunning views of the Loire.
Les Machines de l'Île (External link) - Parc des Chantiers, Boulevard Léon Bureau
THE HISTORIC HEART OF NANTES
Discover one of Nantes' two most important buildings, with its elegant 15th century residence, flamboyant gothic style and sculpted façades. The Musée d'Histoire de Nantes is also housed inside, with fun, interactive displays and over a thousand objects to discover.
Le Château des Ducs de Bretagne (External link) - 4 Place Marc Elder
SHOP IN STYLE
In its original form since 1843, this stunning arcade hosts three floors of shops and a monumental decorative staircase. A haven for shoppers and artistic inspiration for many artists including film-maker Demy (Lola, Une chambre en ville) and the designer Tardi (The story of the unknown warrior).
THE MUST-SEE MUSEUM
With restored facades, a restaurant and a bookshop designed by London architecture firm Stanton Williams, the museum is a must-see while in Nantes. The collection of over 12,000 pieces covers every type of art from primitive to modern. Artists include Ingres, Ernst, Picasso, Kandinsky and Nan Goldin to name just a few.
Musée d'Arts de Nantes (External link) - 10 Rue Georges Clemenceau
WALK ON THE MOON
Take a space jump onto a giant piece of bouncy Swiss cheese on the banks of the Loire! A soft slivery sphere spreads out on the ground, with craters made of trampolines and seas made of hammocks. Bounce, swing, and challenge your sense of gravity on earth.
Imagination, creation and innovation breathe new life into this former industrial site. Discover the project bringing together schools, research firms, arts enterprises, culture and media, in a concept similar to competitive clusters. The goal is to develop creative industries that will bring new strength to the area.
Every summer, Nantes is taken over by art. Immerse yourself in colour, ideas and inspiration as artists, architects, architects and gardeners take over the 12 kilometres of the Green Line and flood the streets to showcase their work. The city’s cultural locations are also opened wide 7 days a week. Art is everywhere!