Discover our Première Classe hotels at the gateway to Brittany. Festive, gourmet and historical, Rennes is a perfect destination for a weekend or a business trip.
Find the not to be missed sights of Rennes
Green and marvelous in the Parc du Thabor. A true emerald in the center of Rennes, both a French garden and an English park, about ten minutes’ drive from your Première Classe Rennes Sud Est hotel, the Parc du Thabor is a unique and charming place. Having once been owned by an abbey and subsequently landscaped by Denis Bühler in the 19th century, the park has retained a softness and calm that attracts strollers wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy streets, lovers looking for discretion, tourists and casual walkers. It seems that there is always a good reason for being there, and just as many reasons to go back to it as its 25 acres contain many natural and architectural treasures: bandstand, grotto, waterfall, aviary and even a rose garden with more than 2,000 different varieties of flowers. Perhaps they are responsible for the sweet scent in the air, which makes the park so welcoming. Or maybe it's the bandstand, whose subtle architecture hosts numerous concerts throughout the year. Like a soothing balm, the notes and smells envelop you. You feel good.
In Rennes, spend the time you have available at the Champs Libres. Located near the train station, the Champs libres center is a popular place for culture and tourism in Rennes. From your Première Classe Rennes Sud Est hotel, you can reach it in less than 15 minutes by car. Designed by the Rennes architect Christian de Portzamparc, the Champs libres center includes the Musée de Bretagne, the Espace des sciences, exhibition halls and the library. Discover the history of Brittany through temporary exhibitions that focus on the artifacts. In the Espace des sciences, the planetarium provides a unique experience: A journey through the space narrated in real time by the guides. If you are under 26 years old, ask for information: some sessions are free. Finally, admission to the library is also free. The library is spread over six floors. Take a seat in the various spaces, move from one floor to the other by browsing through the temporary exhibitions on the staircase, leaf through magazines, books, comic strips, enjoy the WiFi. And don't forget to admire the unique panoramic view of the city.
Admire some masterpieces at the Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes. From your Première Classe Rennes Sud Est hotel, drive to the city center to visit the Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes. Located in the heart of the city, in the former university building built in the 19th century, the Museum of Fine Arts of Rennes is one of the must-see places to visit in Rennes. Set up after the Revolution, it draws most of its wealth from the cabinet of curiosities of Christophe-Paul de Robien, president of the Parliament of Brittany. The latter contained one of the richest collections in Europe including paintings, sculptures, Egyptian, Greek and Celtic antiquities, art objects from all continents and drawings by illustrious Italian artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Donatello and Michelangelo. The collection of European paintings from the 14th to 18th centuries is also worth a visit, with masterpieces such as The Newborn by Georges de La Tour or Rubens' Tiger Hunt. Then the 19th century period is illustrated through works by Caillebotte, Sisley, Gauguin or Sérusier. For the contemporary period, you can admire Picasso's La Baigneuse à Dinard, as well as works by Sam Francis and Nicolas de Staël. A special place is given to contemporary artists from the region such as the Morbihan painter Geneviève Asse and the poster artists from the New Realism, Raymond Hains and Jacques Villeglé.