Cherbourg Things to Do Tips by Pavlik_NL
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Wonderful walk through the Cherbourg citypark
Of course a town like Cherbourg has several parks and green zones. The most beautiful one however is at the foot of the fortress hill (rock) and houses a botanical part as well as mini zoo. The park is especially in summertime coloured by the many flowers. It is also a great place on a warm summerday to find shelter under the shadowy trees and let the kids play in the green fields. For them the animals in the park are also a great thing to look at. There are a few sealions in a bassin, birdcages and a small children's farm. Of course a few play grounds are available as well in the park. To get a full explanation on the botanical variety in the park, one best can book a guided tour at the tourist office in Cherbourg (see mentioned webpage). In Cherbourg, like anywhere else along the Cotentin peninsula's coast, the sea climate is so mild, that many (sub) tropical plants can thrive well here.
Domiating over Cherbourg, the fortress
High on top of a rocky hill that is dominating over the city of Cherbourg, stands the fortress. The strategic position is well choosen and from the terraces of the fortress one can see over the whole town, as well as over the complete harbour and wide into the English Channel. Inside the fortress you can visit the liberation museum of Cherbourg. The museum shows how fierce the battle was in and around Cherbourg during the second world war. The allied forces needed the harbour badly for supplying the forces that tried to liberate Europe from Nazi terror, especially after the Mulberry port in the American sector was destroyed in an autumn storm.
Address: Fortress hill
Directions: Follow signs "Musee de liberation"
The refectory of Abbaye Notre Dame de Voeu
Close to the (military) marine parts of the harbour of Cherbourg, one can visit the ruins of the old abbey of Notre Dame de Voeu. This ancient abbey found it's origin in the 12th century and didn't have a history of peace. Already in the early centuries of it's excistance, it was several times raided by the English. This was especially easy, as the abbey was situated outside the city walls of Cherbourg and couldn't be defended. Time and time again it had to be restored after being turned into a ruin. After the French revolution, the abbey was turned into military barracks and in the second world war the same happened by the Nazi troops. This resulted in a complete destruction of the abbey in the battle for Cherbourg, after which the ruins were left aside in the renovation of the town. Only in the recent decades one has decided to try and keep as much as possible intact. Even today the ruins radiate a former grandeur, with it's gothic windows as highlight.
Saint Trinity in Cherbourg, a fine sight
The most wonderful church in this maritime town is the Saint-Trinity, which is situated at the main harbour in the centre of town. The church is built in a fine gothic style, but has some romanesk parts from it's original predecessor. Inside the organ and several beautiful statues are the main attractions to this basilica church. With the maritime history and traditions of Cherbourg, one can imagine that this is truely a sailors sanctuary. Many marine men as well as sailing visitors temperarily in Cherbourg, devote themselves here on Sunday to a prayer for good weather at sea.
Another wonderful sailing ship in Cherbourg
In the inner docks of the Cherbourg harbour one can visit one of France's most famous (and most impressive) sailing ships. It is the "Belem", which has a home port the harbour of Cherbourg. This three mast bark sailed the seven oceans and is a pure beauty. In the outer harbour, near the Saint-Trinity church, another museumship also attracts the view with it's colourful flags.
Redoutable, the first French nuclear submarine
Want to do something you cannot do anywhere else in the world? Next to the museum Cité de la Mer and actually a part of this museum, lies in a dock, the first French nuclear submarine "Redoutable" is open for visitors. This is a unique fact, as nowhere else in the world you can visit a nuclear submarine. Submarines, and especially the nuclear modern classes, are true doomsday machines. Sneaking underwater til close to the enemies coast, they can launch rockets with nuclear bombs onto enemy targets in a matter of minutes. The enemies respons time is decimated, securing a homefront attack. To witness these terrible warcrafts up close is incredibly impressive (and for me emotional as well, as it shows yet again how stupid mankind actually is).
Directions: Follow the signs to "Cité de la Mer" in Cherbourg town and book the visit to "Le Redoutable" within the ticket of the museum.
Endles masts on the horizon
All aboard? Well no, we didn't have the pleasure of coming here by boat, nor hopped on a rental. And one doesn;t have to go on board to enjoy the wonderful yaughts, sailing boats and other ships that are in the many many harbours in the port of Cherbourg. Over twenty kilometers, the town suprised me in the amount of larger and smaller bassins for boats. In the center one can't miss the central docks and harbour piers. Thousands of ships lay here and they variete from small private yaughts to beautiful three mast barks. Do you want to go out to sea? There are possibilities in booking fishing trips on the English Channel. Highlight in Cherbourg is the museum ship "Belem" (see seperate Tip).
Cite de la Mer, definately something to do
Cité de la Mer (City of the sea) is a really great museum for young and old. We all know of the great past of Marine exploration that France holds (think of Jacques Cousteau and you know enough). This museum tells about the submerged secrets of the seas and oceans, the colourful marine life and the history of sea exploration. Cité de la Mer is also very interesting for children, that get explicit attention throughout the various sections in the museum. The museum is situated in the magnificent building of what used to be the Transatlantic "Station"
Address: Gare Maritime Transatlantique, port of Cherbourg
Directions: Follow the signs to "Cité de la Mer" from almost all places in Cherbourg
Phone: 0033 233 20 26 26
Look accurately and see the huge port of Cherbourg
Cherbourg used to have several small harbours along it's coastline, however, the architects of Napoleon saw possibilities to create a huge bassin. Large enough to house now-a-days a whole fleet of cruiseships or then a full armada of warships. On the seabed a half circle of submerged rocks, made it possible to make artificial islands with in between stone harbour walls. Few gateways secured a deep and safe entrance into the bassin, where ships could anchor safely from large waves, storm winds or enemy ships. In Cherbourg itself the enormousness of the harbour can be best seen from the olf fortress terraces, but from view points near Anse-du-Brick (Maupertus) in the East and the old church of Querqueville in the West, the seize of the harbour also can be witnessed.
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