Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne (4 Place Marc Elder, Nantes) – located in the Atlantic port city of Nantes (2 hours from Paris via TGV train), this castle was originally built in the 15th century for Francois II (the last of the dukes of the French Atlantic province of Brittany). This was also the one-time home of Duchess Anne of Brittany.
Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Housed within this castle is the Musée d’Histoire Urbain (Museum of Urban History). This city portrait covers all the major events in European and world history, from the Edict of Nantes, the colonial period and the slave trade right through to the major upheavals of the 20th century. Nantes as seen through the eyes of writers, poets, painters and film-makers is another element, together with the many representations which have served to build its individuality. The castle’s courtyard and ramparts can be visited for free. Admission to the Museum is €5 (adult), €3 (students ages 18-26). Free for children under the age of 18, and the unemployed . Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (9:30 am – 7:00 pm on July & August).