Two days provides time for sightseeing in the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and exploring the surrounding wine regions. Here’s how to spend the perfect two days in Bordeaux.
Bordeaux Hôtel de Ville (Palais Rohan)
Also known as the Palais Rohan, the Bordeaux Hôtel de Ville (Bordeaux City Hall was built in 1771 in the elegant Louis XIV neoclassical style. It was here that celebrated painter Eugène Delacroix, fascinated by the Pompeii-style trompe l’oeil fresco in the dining room, discovered his calling in the 1780s.
Gates are open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
30-31 Place Pey Berland, Bordeaux, France
The building served as a revolutionary tribunal during the Reign of Terror in the 1790s, and an imperial residence under Napoleon I in 1808, before becoming Bordeaux City Hall in 1836. Today, it houses the Bordeaux Fine Arts Museum, one of the largest art galleries in France outside of Paris. The museum specializes in French and Dutch paintings—including some by Renoir, Delacroix, and Picasso—of which many were recovered after being looted during the French Revolution.
Things to know before you go
- The building grounds are free to enter—visitors are welcome to explore them independently.
- To visit inside City Hall, book a guided tour taking place late Friday mornings.
- Museum tickets with access to special and temporary exhibits are more expensive than general admission.
- The museum is wheelchair-accessible, with parking for people with disabilities near the south wing of the museum.
How to get there
The Hôtel de Ville is situated in the heart of Bordeaux at Place Pey-Berland. Trams A and B stop here. If you’re coming by car, the closest parking lot is St. Christoly/Pey Berland, located a short walk away.
When to get there
The grounds are open on weekdays during business hours from 8:30a to 6pm. To visit inside City Hall, you'll need to book a guided tour taking place late Friday mornings. The museum is open from 11a to 6pm every day except Tuesdays and select public holidays.
Cathédrale St. André
Also known as the Bordeaux Cathedral, this beautiful church near City Hall is notable for its architecture and historical relevance, as it was where Louis II wed Eleanor of Aquitaine. Notable features include a freestanding bell tower and a 14th-century tympanum depicting the Last Supper.
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- Bordeaux Cathedral (Cathédrale St. André)
- Museum of Aquitaine (Musée d'Aquitaine)
- Bordeaux Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux)
- Place Gambetta
- Rue Sainte-Catherine
- Grosse Cloche
- Grand Theatre
- Porte Cailhau
- Port of Bordeaux
- Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)
- Porte de Bourgogne
- Basilica of St. Michael (Basilique St. Michel)
- Quinconces Square (Place des Quinconces)
- Girondins Monument (Monument aux Girondins)
- Quai Louis XVIII