Fougeres – a fairy tale fortress in northern France

Jardin Public in Fougeres on a rainy April dayIf you want to see Europe largest fortress or if you are on your way to see Mont Saint Michel or the Loire Valley , you should definitely stop in Fougeres . It might help you to know that the city was visited and appreciated also by two famous French writers: Victor Hugo and Balzac , who found it to be a source of inspiration for their works.






  1. Fougeres location
  2. The streets in Fougeres
  3. Parking in Fougeres
  4. The Fortress of Fougeres inside info
  5. Things to do in Fougeres

Fougeres location

Situated in the north- west of France, in the region of Brittany, at about 60 km from Mont Saint Michel, Fougeres is a very charming place, full of art and history , that makes you think of stories with castles, knights, dungeons and battles with swords.

View over Fougeres on a rainy April day

View over Fougeres on a rainy April day

The streets in Fougeres

We arrived there on a rainy April day, but that didn’t stop us from seeing the beauty of this place. The town has narrow streets, which aren’t very easy to track on a normalGPSsystem, so it’s better to leave your car on a public parking place and travel by foot. The hotel where we stayed was called Balzac Hotel , had the price of 58 € per night and was within a walking distance from a supermarket and some other shops where you could have something to eat or buy some clothes .Because the streets were so close to each other, our GPS was overwhelmed and we ended up entering the hotel, through the fire escape entrance(I remember thinking before entering this back door-this must be the ugliest hotel entrance ever), to the amusement of the hotel staff.

Wondering through the slim streets of this medieval community, we could admire small beautiful houses( built in Brittany’s style) , a very coquette public garden with a lot of floral arrangements , the Theater Victor Hugo, Saint Leonard Church( situated in the vicinity of the public garden and the city hall) , Saint Sulplice Church, Val Nancon Gardens, a clock museum and of course Fougeres’ most important monument- the fortress.

Saint Leonard Church viewed from the public garden of Fougeres

Saint Leonard Church viewed from the public garden of Fougeres

Chateau de Fougeres on rainy April

Chateau de Fougeres on rainy April Day




Parking in Fougeres

As we found out at the reception, there are some restrictions about public parking on the streets , especially during the day, when you might be blocking the access to some shops in the area. So if you want to leave your car parked in front of the hotel, it’s better to announce the staff. Public parking areas can be found in the proximity of Saint Leonard Church, Val Nancon Gardens or close to the castle.

The Fortress of Fougeres inside info

Fougeres Chateau entrance

Fougeres Chateau entrance

Fougeres fortress in France

Fougeres fortress in France

The Fortress of Fougeres (Address: 83 Place Pierre Symon,35300 Fougères) was finalized in the 15th century to defend the Breton borders against Norman and French invasions. The Fortress occupying a surface of two hectare and is partially surrounded by water and can now be visited almost every day starting from10 a.m. except 1 May, 25 December and some part of January .The price of a regular ticket is 7,50 € , and you have the possibility to get a free audio guide that will present you more of the life in the Middle Ages in those part of Brittany.

From the high thick walls of the castle, you can admire the green parks of the city, the medieval houses, the gothic Church Saint Sulplice and the historical monument symbolizing the liberty and prosperity – The Beffroi , the oldest in the region of Brittany.

 Fougeres walls

Fougeres walls

Things to do in Fougeres

Make a trip to The Public Garden and walk on the streets surrounding the castle, it will get you in a fairytale mood, if there is such a thing.

 A glance  over the houses and Beffroi tower in Fougeres

A glance over the houses and Beffroi tower in Fougeres

 

 Jardin Public from Fougeres

Jardin Public from Fougeres

 

 Floral Arangement from Jardin Public in Fougeres

Floral Arangement from Jardin Public in Fougeres

Bring an umbrella and dress properly, as the average temperate there in the summer is 25°C(77°F).

As a conclusion ,we were very pleased by our visit to Fougeres and we recomend it to every one passing through that area.





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