Classified as a “City of Art and History,” Bordeaux has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a “great urban and architectural ensemble" and the city’s preserved historical buildings are not to be missed. As one of Europe's largest and most original 18th century architectural center, Bordeaux tours showcase the 317 monuments recognized by UNESCO World Heritage, as well as contemporary architecture which includes Chaban Delmas Bridge, Matmut Atlantic Stadium and the Cité du Vin, which opened in 2016.
Bordeaux guided tours are incomplete without a visit to Place de la Bourse and Miroir d’Eau. Built in 1755 as a symbol of Bordeaux’s prosperity, the vast square is home to the old stock exchange and Musée National des Douanes. At the feet of the building and overlooking the Garonne River is the Miroir d’Eau. The world’s largest reflecting pool, it impressively covers 37,100 square feet in granite paving.
Within Bordeaux’s bustling city center is the Grand Théâtre, home to the Opéra National de Bordeaux. The work of architect Victor Louis, it was constructed in 1780 and is decorated with statues of the nine Muses and goddesses Juno, Minerva, all carved by Pierre-François Berruer.
The perfect combination of history and cosmopolitan, Bordeaux multi-lingual tours reveal extraordinary 18th century buildings, including Cathédrale Saint-André, which was consecrated by Pope Urban II in 1096, and its neighbor, Tour Pey-Berland. The Gothic bell tower was built in 1466 and boasts magnificent views of the city.
Its rich culture evident in museum exhibitions, the buildings of these curations are equally impressive. Both the Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design, built in 1779, as well as Musée des Beaux-Arts, built in 1881, are worth appreciating on their own merits.
While the historical value of the city’s architecture is immeasurable, the layout and location of the city also make it a desirable destination for its ease of access and transportation. It is home to an international airport with 80 direct destinations, a mere two-hour train ride away from Paris, and offers multiple tram lines, allowing for easy navigation around the city.