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Traveling planner – Rennes and surrounding

I have a few ideas of where/ how to spend a long weekend in mind but haven’t yet had the mean to actually carry them out. So I want to share my journey planning. For one, I will be able to use the info when the day comes for me to leave my computer, pack my bag and actually go on the trip.


Base: Rennes (2 days 1 night)
Cities covered: Rennes, Fougères and Vitré
Distance travelled: ~80km



We will start the journey in Rennes. Try to drive here with your own car if you are in the region or if you take a train then you can consider renting a car for the second day. Public transport is possible but it won’t be easy to go to Fougères and it will be rushed to visit 2 cities in a day without car. (see note at the end)

We will cover Rennes in the first day.

The main attraction is the Parlement of Brittany, the symbol of the history of Brittany.

You will need to book a guided tour (last 1.5 hour, foreign languages available only in July and August) in advance if you want to go inside the parlement.

Parlement*Full rate: 7.2€

As far as I can see, the English version of the site doesn’t support the booking:

Another point of interest in Rennes is Les Champs Libres which serves as the museum of Brittany, Espace des sciences and city library.

The second day we will cover the other 2 towns, Fougères and Vitré, both with a well-preserved castle.

In the morning, 50km from Rennes with less than an hour drive, we will arrive in Fougères to visit its magnificent castle, one of the finest fortresses in Europe.

A side note, regular market is held in Fougères on Saturday, so make sure you don’t miss it if you are there on Saturday.

Château de Fougères

Fougeres*Closed in January and on Mondays (October – May)
*Full rate: 8.5€
*Official site:

After lunch, with only 30km from Fougères, we will arrive in Vitré. With its timber-framed houses, it is a perfect example of a town of 500 years ago.

Château de Vitré


*Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday mornings (October – March)
*Full rate: 4€ (including St Nicolas museum and Rochers Sévigné museum but with limited opening hours)

Note: As far as I can see, there is a bus going from Rennes to Fougères ( “iLLenoo” line 9A) which takes about an hour while there is a train serving Rennes to Vitré and it takes only 18 minutes.

***All photo are taken from the site “Tourisme Bretagne”, a very useful site to discover Brittany

5 comments on “Traveling planner – Rennes and surrounding

  1. A year in Périgord
    January 24, 2015

    I went to university in Rennes. You’ll love it. Great place for a weekend trip.


    • Lapin
      January 24, 2015

      I do hope I can visit Rennes next month, once the castle is open again.

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  2. pedmar10
    January 25, 2015

    you have a good plan to see 3 wonderful cities; I lived in Brittany and have visited them all. Enjoy it


    • Lapin
      January 26, 2015

      Thank you, I am sure I will like these cities! And I still have a lot of places to visit in Brittany…


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