Founded in 1517, this cultural landmark is steeped in history. The port city of Le Havre, is located at the mouth of the Seine in upper Normandy. Nearly destroyed during the Battle of Normandy in the Second World War, the city was devastated with over 5000 casualties and nearly every building was demolished. One of the greatest architects of the time, August Perret, came to the rescue and rebuilt this city in such a way that it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
The Place de l'Hotel de Ville is one of the most noted squares in all of Europe. Another must see is the Andre Mairaux Modern Art Museum which houses the second largest number of Impressionist Paintings in all of France. Major sites to see while there include St. Joseph's Church, Jardins suspendus, Le Havre Cathedral, Parc de Rouelles and the Cote d'Albatre.
Le Havre is the cruise port for the romantic and enchanting city of Paris, the capital of France. The "City of Lights" is one of the most iconic cities in the world. From the Eiffle Tower to the Louvre museum, sightseeing options are virtually endless. Art lovers will have much to explore with fine art museums throughout the city. Paris is also one of the world hubs for fashion and guests will find shopping opportunities everywhere. Getting out and seeing the city is a must do. The legendary Notre Dame Cathedral to the Arc de Triomphe, guests will not run out of things to see and do. Paris is also know for hosting many sporting events from the French Open Tennis tournament to the annual bike race, the Tour de France.
For guests arriving into Le Havre on a cruise ship, trips into Paris and the surrounding area are plenty. All major cruise lines call in Le Havre.
Fun Fact: There is thought to be only one stop sign in all of Paris!