City Guide: Angers
Angers is a French city, located approximately 200 kilometers West of Paris. The city has a lot of history and is one of the most beautiful cities in the country, in my opinion. Check out this city guide to learn more about Angers!
You may not have heard of Angers before, especially as France has o many other beautiful cities like Paris, Lyon or Marseille. Nevertheless, visiting Angers is totally worth it as the city doesn’t only have a lot of history, but is just totally beautiful in so many ways. Let me start by saying that the Old Town of Angers is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Yet, not only the Old Town, but also several other areas of the city are totally worth seeing.
Jardin du Mail, St. Joseps’s Church & Town Hall
We started our tour through Angers near the train station. Here, you can find the St. Joseph’s Church, which isn’t often mentioned among the most important sights in Angers, but it’s really beautiful.
From here, you just need to walk approximately five minutes to reach the very nice Jardin du Mail, which is not only very nice to just sit down and enjoy the scenery, but also comes with some monuments.
My personal favorite is the Court of First Instances, which is just an incredibly beautiful building.
The Town Hall has one nice historic part, too. The main area is a ugly building from the 70’s though.
Nevertheless, you should definitely pass this area.
Place du Ralliement, City Center & Grand Theatre
If you are walking from the Parc du Mail to the city center, you’re already passing several beautiful old buildings. The main square of the city, Place du Ralliement, is very beautiful, too.
Here, you can also find one of the landmarks of the city, the Grand Theatre Angers.
I’d recommend walking around this part of town for a while as there are several other historic buildings, which have a lot of charm.
Another very famous building is the Maison d’Adam, which is dating back to the 15th century.
Even though I’m just pointing out a few highlights here, there’s a lot of more interesting buildings to be seen in this area of town, so better take some time to walk around!
Angers Cathedral & Maine River
The Angers Cathedral is the highest building in town and can be admired very nicely from the other side of town. It’s very nice from the inside, too. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, be sure to enter the cathedral!
The Montree Saint Maurice, leading down from the cathedral to the river is very fascinating, too.
Down there, I’d recommend crossing one of the bridges to see the river panorama, which I sort is very nice, too.
Near the waterfront, there’s also the very modern Theatre de Quai.
There’s a lot to explore on the other side, so the panorama isn’t the only reason to cross the river.
Historic Angers & Place de la Paix Angers
Surprisingly, the other side of town is not any less beautiful. When walking by the river, you’ll already spot some nice buildings. The Musee Jean Lurcat and its gardens are totally worth seeing, too.
Further down the road, you can also find the historic Tour des Anglais.
From here, you should definitely walk to the Place de la Paix, which is located approximately five minutes in the opposite direction of the river. Here, you can find several very old buildings.
This whole area of Angers is truly beautiful as there are several buildings looking like they are dating back to the Middle Ages. I’m surprised that it’s not this part that’s part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Back in the direction of the city center, you can also walk by the La Trinite Church, which is tough to take pictures of, but is a really beautiful church.
The famous Hotel des Penitents is a building you shouldn’t miss either.
Once again, there’s way more to see than just the few things I’ve pointed out, but you’ll see that yourself when walking around this part of town.
The Chateau d’Angers
As if the city wouldn’t yet have enough highlights, Angers also has one of the nicest castles I’ve seen in a city in Europe. While it’s not as big as Windsor Castle, it still looks totally impressive, even from outside.
For a fee, you can also enter the castle from the outside and walk along the castle walls, through the gardens or explore the buildings in the castle.
The views of town up from the city wall don’t hurt either.
I don’t want to lose too many words on the castle here as the pictures can definitely describe it better.
The only thing I want to add is that you definitely should enter, even though there is a fee. The Chateau d’Angers definitely is one of the cities highlights.
Overall impressions of Angers
Before travelling to Angers, I didn’t really know what to expect of the city. Oh well, now I know that’s a place you really have to visit. In general, I’m a big fan of French cities, but Angers really is one of the highlights. There are so many beautiful buildings, lovely squares and other areas of town that are worth exploring. The castle and the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town are just a few places to name. I’d say that you could easily spend two or three days here and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it tremendously!
Do you have any questions about Angers? Feel free to ask or share your impressions in the comments!