Private Tour Rouen

Is Rouen worth visiting? (I'll give you the reasons to come!)

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Looking for a destination that combines rich history, stunning architecture, delicious food, and world-class art? Look no further than Rouen, France!

This charming city located in the north of France has something to offer for everyone, from history buffs to foodies to art lovers. With its beautiful Gothic architecture, including the famous Rouen Cathedral and the Church of Saint-Maclou, Rouen is a feast for the eyes.

But it’s not just about the aesthetics – Rouen has a fascinating history that is just waiting to be explored, from its role in the Hundred Years War to its association with the famous French painter Claude Monet.

And let’s not forget about the food – with its duck dishes and apple-based desserts, Rouen’s cuisine is a gastronomic delight. So whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a cultural adventure, Rouen is the perfect destination for you.

Don’t miss out on this gem of a city – book your trip to Rouen today!

Is Rouen worth visiting?

rouen day trip cathedral

It is a question a bit harsh, especially when you have lived in Rouen for years! Lol

I know you want a quick answer so here are 5 reasons why you should come to Rouen:

  1. Joan of Arc died in Rouen. Come and discover the place where she was burned and also why by booking our private tour of Rouen;
  2. You are greedy ? We have culinary specialties in Rouen and Normandy. Chocolates, brioches, beer or cider. Something to satisfy everyone! (even you!);
  3. The city of Rouen is built on the Roman model. Come discover the clues in the city and understand how the city was built;
  4. In France, Rouen is the first city with a pedestrian street. Come and discover it and above all discover the secrets of the city center by walking;
  5. It’s an hour from Paris by train. If you come to visit Paris, you can spend a day in Rouen, which could even take you to Honfleur. No more excuses for not coming to visit the Norman capital.

Is Rouen worth a visit?

I hope you are convinced now.

This historic city in northern France has a lot to offer visitors. Here are some reasons why you might want to consider visiting Rouen:

  1. Rich History: Rouen has a rich and fascinating history. It’s perhaps best known as the place where Joan of Arc was put on trial and subsequently executed in 1431. You can visit the site where her trial took place, the Rouen Cathedral, which is also a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

  2. Beautiful Architecture: The city is filled with beautiful old buildings, half-timbered houses, and charming cobblestone streets. The old town is particularly picturesque and great for wandering around.

  3. Art and Museums: Rouen has several excellent museums, including the Musée des Beaux-Arts, which houses an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. There’s also the Musée Le Secq des Tournelles, dedicated to wrought ironwork.

  4. Gastronomy: French cuisine is famous worldwide, and Rouen is no exception. You can enjoy delicious Norman cuisine, which includes dishes like duck confit, Camembert cheese, and apple-based desserts.

  5. Scenic Seine River: The city is situated on the banks of the Seine River, offering beautiful riverside views and opportunities for leisurely strolls.

  6. Shopping: Rouen has a vibrant shopping scene, with everything from high-end boutiques to charming local shops and markets.

  7. Events and Festivals: Depending on when you visit, you might have the chance to experience one of the city’s many events or festivals. The Rouen Armada, a gathering of tall ships, is a particularly spectacular event.

  8. Accessibility: Rouen is easily accessible from Paris, making it a convenient side trip if you’re already visiting the French capital.

In conclusion, Rouen offers a delightful blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you’re interested in exploring its historical sites, enjoying its cuisine, or simply soaking in the ambiance of a charming French city, Rouen is well worth a visit.

What’s Rouen is famous?

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Rouen is known mainly for 3 reasons:

  1. Now you know it but I repeat it to you, Joan of Arc was burnt in Rouen. The exact location is still visible in Rouen;
  2. Rouen has one of the oldest and most beautiful cathedrals in the world. Yes it sounds crazy but not that much when you know that in the Middle Ages, Rouen was the second most economically powerful city in France. She is also famous with the paintings of Monet.
  3. Rouen is famous with its armada which is a free party every 4 years where it is possible to visit the boats for free.

PS: Rouen is known for a lot more things but I had to make a choice (which was not easy) but I hope that the three reasons I have chosen have really convinced you to visit Rouen.

What is special about Rouen?

rue chanoine rouen

What is special about Rouen is its particularly unique history. 

Imagine, that Rouen is built from the Roman cross, that it was invaded by the Vikings, that Joan of Arc was burned here and that this city was the 2nd most powerful city economically in the Middle Ages, this which explains the height of its Cathedral and also the majestic Parliament of Normandy.

It is therefore a city with a rich past that you will visit and which will take you through the centuries. Now you understand better why Rouen is such a rich and special city.

Is Rouen a good day trip from Paris?

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If I said no, it would be lying, especially since I am a private guide in Rouen.

Yes, visiting Rouen is a great idea because you will discover another part of France with the Norman capital.

The city of Rouen is rich in its history which mixes the Romans, the Vikings, the Normans (of course), the English and the French. 

In addition, its location on the banks of the Seine, will allow you to take beautiful walks and have a drink next to the river that leads to Paris.

How do I get from Paris to Rouen?

There are three ways to come to Rouen from Paris:

  1. By train, leaving from Gare Saint Lazare in Paris 
  2. By bus, leaving from Porte Maillot
  3. By car, taking the A13.

If you are looking for the details, I invite you to read our article which will explain to you step by step how to come to Rouen.

How many days do you need in Rouen, France?

Que faire durant son séminaire à Rouen ?

Two days are sufficient to visit Rouen. 

Yes, because the city center is small and especially enough to know about Norman gastronomy and discover the history of the city of Rouen.

Here is a simple program to make the most of Rouen:

Day 1 

Take a tour of downtown Rouen by visiting Rouen Cathedral, Gros-Horloge, Place du Vieux Marché and Place of “l’Hôtel de Ville”.

Take a break with one of our favorite restaurants in Rouen, I invite you to discover our list and choose according to your budget.

Is there a little sun? Perfect, it’s the perfect time to go for a walk along the Seine on the right bank, you will discover other points of view to take photos and also cafes to have a coffee on the terrace with why not a French patisserie.

For the evening, return to the center to find a restaurant and taste Norman specialties. Follow our guide with his opinions to find the restaurant in Rouen that you need.

Day 2

rouen where to eat

Take advantage of this second day to experience a little French-style. Go in the morning to a fruit and vegetable market to feel a little the atmosphere and why not buy local products to support the producers and test excellent quality products.

Check out the Place Saint-Marc market side where you will find a covered market if the weather is rainy, which can happen in Rouen.

For lunch, we invite you to look for unusual restaurants in Rouen, here you can find our list of restaurants that we have tested and commented on to get feedback and find the right restaurant.

To end this second day of vacation in Rouen, we invite you to go to the place du Lieutenant Aubert then take the rue Eau de Robec to stroll in this pedestrian street and stroll one last time in the streets of Rouen before returning to your hotel or apartment.

You can always enjoy a nightcap on the terrace if you feel like it and if the weather allows it.

Are you ready to visit Rouen? Make a reservation of our Private Tour of Rouen.

There are many compelling reasons why you should visit Rouen. Here are a few:

  1. Rich history: Rouen has a fascinating history that spans over a thousand years, from its role in the Hundred Years War to its association with Joan of Arc, who was famously tried and executed here. Visitors can explore the city’s historical sites and museums to learn more about its storied past.

  2. Stunning architecture: Rouen is home to some of the most impressive Gothic architecture in France, including the Rouen Cathedral, the Church of Saint-Maclou, and the Palais de Justice. These buildings are not only beautiful to look at, but they also tell the story of the city’s evolution over time.

  3. World-class art: Rouen has a thriving arts scene, with many museums and galleries showcasing the work of local and international artists. The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen is particularly noteworthy, with a collection that includes works by Monet, Degas, and Delacroix.

  4. Delicious cuisine: Rouen is known for its delicious cuisine, with specialties that include duck dishes, cider, and apple-based desserts like tarte tatin. Visitors can sample these local delicacies at one of the many restaurants and cafes throughout the city.

  5. Charming atmosphere: Rouen has a laid-back, friendly atmosphere that is welcoming to visitors. With its quaint streets, picturesque squares, and lively markets, the city has a charm that is hard to resist.

Overall, Rouen is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, art, culture, and cuisine. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solo adventure, Rouen has something to offer for everyone.

Conclusion :

In conclusion, Rouen is a truly special destination that is definitely worth visiting. With its rich history, stunning architecture, world-class art, delicious cuisine, and charming atmosphere, Rouen offers a unique and unforgettable experience to visitors. From exploring the city’s historical sites to indulging in its culinary delights, there is something for everyone in Rouen. So whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a cultural adventure, make sure to add Rouen to your travel itinerary. You won’t be disappointed by this gem of a city in the north of France!

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Discover Rouen differently

Welcome to my blog about Rouen. My name is Julen am a guide in the Capital of Normandy.

Here you will find the best places, restaurants and things to do to have a good time in my city.