You are indeed there in the heart of the first export grain port in Europe. Its storage capacity is enormous, more than one million tons. Located between Le Havre and Paris, the port of Rouen enjoys a strategic position. It is one of the only ones able to accommodate fully loaded sea giants 24 hours a day. It offers around 4,200 direct jobs and 13,700 induced jobs. Want more? The Port of Rouen is also the world’s leading port for wines and spirits and France’s leading vehicle import-export port. So take a tour to capture the energy of this modern Seine.
Come aboard the Lutèce to immerse yourself inthe industrial activity of the port of Rouen. From the Seine, you will witness the unloading of cereals that arrive at the foot of the huge silos. They are then loaded onto huge ships to be exported to world markets. Vibrate to the rhythm of this activity, accompanied by the explanations of a guide who will tell you the story of the men who work on this site at the gateway to urban life. Goods, handling techniques, port terminals, … everything is fascinating there!
In a former port shed,the Rouen River and Port Maritime Museum traces the links between the city and its river. Here, wine and citrus fruits from North Africa were once stored. Today, exhibitions highlight the history of the river through the sailboat, the barge industry, the traditions of maritime carpentry, the construction of bridges in Rouen … You can even admire a 7-meter long model of the Dauphine. It was aboard this royal nave that Jehan de Verrazane and his Norman crew discovered the bay of New York, in 1524. The museum also houses the skeleton of a beached whale in 1927. Impressive!
The world’s first submarine is from Rouen! Indeed, the first experiment in underwater navigation took place here, in the Seine, in 1800, with Robert Fulton’s Nautilus. One of the two tide gauges located on the right bank docks bears a plaque in tribute to the American inventor. It was also in Rouen that Napoleon’s ashes were carried up the Seine to the Invalides in Paris in 1840. In the port of Rouen still thatthe Statue of Liberty embarked, in 1885, towards New York If its epic goes back to the Vikings, the port of Rouen has always had a prime place in the History of France.
We’ll take you for a stroll on the quays! The walk developed on the low quays of the right bank is more than 3 km long. A paradise for jogging, rollerblading or cycling enthusiasts. The old renovated hangars host restaurants and cafes as attractive as each other, sports halls, billiards or bowling and a discotheque. On the left bank, the Saint-Sever Prairie is an award-winning green and relaxing space. It offers an unbeatable view of the cathedral and you can enjoy the spectacle of barges and cruise ships going to Honfleur or Paris. There are playgrounds for children and basketball courts. After the restaurants and the 106 concert hall, it is the peninsula. This former island that was used to store coal has becomea natural island again with its meadows, its promenade and its Rush current music festival.
There is, of course, the Flaubert Bridge, the highest lift bridge in Europe, a technical feat that allows tall ships from around the world to enter the heart of the city at each festive edition of the Armada. Great figures of contemporary architecture have also signed important buildings on the port of Rouen. The 108, the new headquarters of the Metropolis on the left bank quays, is the mark of Jacques Ferrier. It won the 2017 American Architecture Prize. A few steps from the port, Dominique Perrault designed the omnisport hall Kindarena and its fabulous play of mirrors.