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Base Sous-Marine de Saint-Nazaire

Boulevard de la Legion d'Honneur, 44600, Saint-Nazaire, France
+33 2 28 54 06 40
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Impressive structure - a reminder of darker times

The uboat pens are hard to miss as they somewhat dominate the town. Not all areas are accessible as... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chris B
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Impressive size and scale of construction

This is somewhere I have wanted to visit for a long time as it is a well known base from WW2. The... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2017
traveller123456277
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good54%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“u boat” (5 reviews)
“sheer size” (2 reviews)
“worth a visit” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Boulevard de la Legion d'Honneur, 44600, Saint-Nazaire, France
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+33 2 28 54 06 40
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"nice view"
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"roof"
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"battle"
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"concrete"
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"scale"
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"boats"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The uboat pens are hard to miss as they somewhat dominate the town. Not all areas are accessible as some bays have been repurposed as a museum a venue and a gift shop. You can still get a sense of the scale and purpose of...More

Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 9 December 2017

This is somewhere I have wanted to visit for a long time as it is a well known base from WW2. The sheer scale is amazing and to know the pounding it took from allied bombs in WW2 and it still stands today. Quite a...More

1  Thank traveller123456277
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Felt a bit disappointed with the pens, having visited many of the other major WW11 sites the construction of the pens is amazing but no U boat. The only submarine here is a French one from the 70's. I'm sure a lot more could be...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

For those who have read 'Das Boot', the novel about a German U-Boat, the submarine pens in Saint-Nazaire are a backdrop at the beginning and end of the novel. They are a massive memorial to war and include displays on the arrival of US forces...More

1  Thank tomwO6177GV
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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

This was quite the u-boat repair facility endeavor by the Germans. It's bay after bay of repair facilities--worth walking the whole length. That French resisters attempted to blow it up is commendable and of course, doomed because of its immensity. Brings history alive. Well worth...More

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Reviewed 18 July 2017

Very interesting and thought provoking not just the buildings but the history of the place. And it's free!

Thank DavidL54
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Reviewed 5 July 2017

I think this is the only place where you can see something so special as a WW II submarine base. It is really impressive. Go around, walk on top of it (there is an elevator) and then visit also the submarine L'Espadon which is opposite...More

Thank Emil-Nistor
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Reviewed 14 June 2017

This massive structure is accessible up a long open walkway. Luckily there is also a lift from the side of the pens. The sheer massiveness of the place is awe inspiring. Ceilings 5 meters thick. Just reading about it over a cup of coffee makes...More

Thank Patricia C
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Reviewed 10 June 2017

we visited as a group a 8 persons riding on motorcycles , and we politely asked to leave the helmets at the frontdesk but received no attention from the staff and had to carry the riding gear with us during the visit of the narrow...More

Thank jclemper
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

This impressive, but intrinsically ugly, structure is an important memorial to WWII. It's neither pretty nor particularly-well presented in terms of its history and role in the Battle of the Atlantic, but it has such incredible presence.

1  Thank Peter v
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David F
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Response from DavidL54 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but we only visited one day. I have no idea
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I don't know but I very much doubt it.
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