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!
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:
I hope you are convinced now.
PS : I have one last point for you. Rouen is a bit like Paris without the Parisians, enough to get some fresh air if you have suffered from crowds in the capital and if you are looking for a quieter city where the welcome will be warmer. (This is a bit of humor …)
Rouen is known mainly for 3 reasons:
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 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.
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.
There are three ways to come to Rouen from Paris:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!