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Caen

4.2
Military Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gardens
City of a Hundred Steeples
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city. Two hours northwest of Paris, and connected to the south of England by the Caen-(Ouistreham)-Portsmouth ferry route, Caen is located in the center of its northern region, where it is a locus of political, economic, and cultural power. The city has preserved the memory of its violent World War II history by erecting a memorial for peace. Make the most of your holiday in Caen by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our France trip itinerary builder app.
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Popular things to do in Caen

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Military Museum
Memorial de Caen
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
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Distillery Tour
La Compagnie des Terroirs
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Religious Site
Abbaye aux Dames
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Garden
La Colline aux Oiseaux
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Caen

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World heritage site
Mont Saint-Michel Mont-Saint-Michel
4.3
Duration: 4h 30 min
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Art Museum
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux Bayeux
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Cemetery
Normandy American Cemetery Colleville-sur-Mer
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Lookout
Falaises d'Etretat Etretat
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Caen

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Spa
Zen Hydro Fit
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Religious Site
Abbaye aux Hommes
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Playground
Paintball fury
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Neighborhood
Quartier du Vaugueux
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Caen

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Ruin
Chateau de Caen
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Eglise Saint-Jean
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Eglise Saint-Pierre
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
Historic Site
Place Saint-Sauveur
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Caen

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History Museum
Musée de Normandie
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Museum of Fine Arts of Caen
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Espace Yvonne Guegan
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Specialty Museum
Les Salles du Rempart
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Caen

Garden
Jardin des Plantes
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Places to visit with Caen

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