Rennes Tourism

Situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ille and Vilaine, Rennes is the capital of Brittany and Ille-et-Vilaine department in North-western France. The city is a thriving industrial centre, concentrating on automotive manufacturing, telecommunications and technology. In the last few years, Rennes has been emphasizing on tourism development.

Rennes has a history of more than 2000 years. It was first known as a small Gaelic village called Condate. It was occupied by the Romans before becoming a part of the Duchy of Brittany along with the cities like Nantes and Vannes. It was made the capital of Duchy prior to getting merged into the Kingdom of France. Rennes suffered heavy damage during the World War II.

The itineraries of Rennes are filled with numerous concert halls, museums and exhibition palaces. The city is also home to many historical places to visit including the ruins and ramparts built between the 3rd to 12th centuries

With two universities and many other academic institutions, the city caters to a large student population who constitute more than 1/4th of its inhabitants. The city is home to several professional sports teams including Stade Rennais Football Club, Cesson-Rennes-Metropole handball and Bretagne-Séché Environnement, a professional cycling team.

While you are vacationing at Rennes, do not forget to experience its throbbing nightlife with a number of bustling local bars and cafés. Further, make note in your trip planners to visit the famous Marche  des Lices, a weekly market where the culinary specialties of Brittany are sold every Saturday.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Rennes

  • Save 8% Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from St Malo
    Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from St Malo1 Reviews

    Duration: 9 Hrs

    Enjoy a private tour in a luxury mini-van with your own guide all day to Mont Saint-Michel. Your guide, a specialist of the m...

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  • Save 7% Walking tour in Saint-Malo
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    Duration: 3 Hrs

    On this 3-hour walking tour, you will enjoy explorethe beauty of the fortifications of Saint-Malo in a traditional and authen...

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  • Save 7% Private walking tour in Rennes
    Private walking tour in RennesNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    On this 3-hour walking tour, you will explore the historical center of Rennesin a traditional and authentic way with a guide ...

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  • Save 7% Private Tour of St Malo Cancale Cap Frehel and Dinan from St Malo
    Private Tour of St Malo Cancale Cap Frehel and Dinan from St MaloNew on TripHobo

    Duration: Flexible

    On this full-day tour, explore with your local private guide the lovely cities in French Brittany. Discover the old city and ...

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  • Know the pollution level of Rennes before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 31.25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 37.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 15 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 37.5 (Low)
  • How safe is Rennes for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Rennes.

    • Burglary and Theft 34.62 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 30.77 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 28.85 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 33.33 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 29.17 (Low)
    • Attacks 42.31 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 47.92 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 82.69 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 60.42 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 36.54 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 19.23 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 65.82 (High)
    • Climate Index 90.4 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 32.67 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 25 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 89.81 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.92 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Rennes

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.11 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 28.84 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 96.77 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 87.66 USD

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