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About this place

Rennes is a typical city of Brittany with its medieval character. The traditional colourful half-timbered houses line rue Saint-Georges and the Place du Champ-Jacquet. Place de la Republique is the heart of the city. That is where the Palais du Commerce de Rennes can be found. Every Saturday morning, a market is held in the Halles Martenot dating from the 19th century. The parc du Thabor with its French garden, orangery, rose garden and aviary offers superb walks.

Rennes City Guide

Rennes City Guide
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In short

  • Rennes’ history dates back to Roman occupation. It was the capital of the Duchy of Brittany, and even hosted the Parliament of Brittany.
  • The medieval town is well-preserved.
  • There are a lot of cultural events in Rennes: InsaLan, a video games competition that takes place in February; the Route du Rock (literally, the "Road of Rock") unfolds at the end of February and ends at the beginning of March; Sevenadur, in March, celebrates the foklores of Brittany in Rennes; Mythos glorifies the art of theatre, tales and songs in April; Jazz à l'Ouest ("Jazz in the West") in November, and the Rencontres Transmusicales in December.
  • Regarding food, you'll eat some "galettes", especially those with sausage stuffing, they are the best! On top of that, you will drink cider.


The climate is both mild and oceanic, with mild winters and hot summers. Average temperatures are 7.8°C in January, and 19.5°C in July.

Our best tips

  • Rennes is a lively spot; check out the festivals before you book!
  • It's time to be a gourmet: taste the famous pancakes ("galettes" in French), salty or sweet, the most local specialty of Brittany!

Average prices for hotels

  • Low budget: 52€ per night in low season, and 71€ in high season.
  • Mid-range: 71€ per night in low season, and 76€ in high season.
  • Luxury: 93€ per night in low season, and 104€ in high season.

Recommended areas for your hotel

  • The railway station district, and along the avenue Jean Jaurès, it is perfect to avoid shiftings with all your bags.
  • The middle of town, on the banks of the Vilaine River, is convenient to get across town only by foot.

Need more information about this place?

We wrote un mini guide for our readers that we hope is coming as handy as possible (also available in PDF format to download, useful while traveling without an internet connexion) :

Rennes : Handy Mini Travel Guide

Cathedral Rennes
Cathedral of Rennes

Church Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine
Church Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine

Parlement de Bretagne
Parlement de Bretagne

Place du Parlement
Place du Parlement

Portes mordelaises
Portes mordelaises

Place de la République
Place de la République

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