The port of Saint-Nazaire

A visit to the port of St. Nazaire with its old base of submarines

The tour focuses on the marine base district which was abandoned a long time ago. The submarine base was built by the Germans in 1941. It was the main submarine base of the Germans in France during the WW2.Today it is a cultural complex that includes a Museum, temporary exhibitions, a bar... The base still contains a French submarine "The Swordfish (L'Espadon in French)" which you can visit (a must see). You can also choose to walk on the roofs of the naval base to have a beautiful view of the surrounding area of Saint-Nazaire. Not to be missed if you're in the area

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Duration: 3 h.

The panoramic terrace

The panoramic terrace
It is not difficult to find the panoramic terrace as it is written on the building. The entrance to the Museum for the visit of the submarine is located in the same building. There is a parking lot right next to the entrance.

View from the panoramic terrace

View from the panoramic terrace
Access to the terrace is free, on the roof you have a wonderful view of the port, the estuary of the Loire and the the Saint-Nazaire bridge

The panoramic terrace

The panoramic terrace

'The submarine''s engine room'

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'The submarine''s engine room'
The entrance fee for the submarine is 9 euros, it lasts half an hour. The submarine is not advisable for the claustrophobic.

Diving in the submarine

Diving in the submarine
60 men had to live in this very small space with the sound of the engine. The men had only 3 liters of water per person per day for drinking and washing.

The Espadon

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The Espadon
L’espadon was the first French submarine to sail under the ice.

The passage

The passage
It was a copy of the German submarines of the World War II.

The torpedoes

The torpedoes
Built in the 60s the submarine never used their torpedoes.

The base of the U-boote

The base of the U-boote
You can see the former German submarines base of the Atlantic.

The roof of the base

The roof of the base
The base is huge. After the visit you can back down to the town centre by a walkway.

Along the ocean

Along the ocean
Very nice place along the ocean.

The huts of fishermen

The huts of fishermen
Start of the walk (Google Maps)

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