Experience Bordeaux and all its vibrancy amidst great wineries and 18th to 19th-century mansions. This dynamic city is known for its Gothic-style cathedral, art museums, and public gardens that line the river quays. The city is so impressive that half of the city is UNESCO-listed making it the largest urban World Heritage site. Explore its world-class architecture and stunning landscapes with the Bordeaux Travel Guide and Offline Map.
1. La Cité du Vin
Whether you're a wine aficionado or an occasional wine drinker, there is no better place to learn about the art of making and consuming win than at the groundbreaking La Cité du Vin. The building itself will leave you in awe, as it is a stunning piece of contemporary architecture resembling a wine decanter on the banks of the River Garonne. There are 20 different themed sections covering everything from vine cultivation, grape varieties and wine production to the ancient wine trade, 21st-century wine trends, and celebrated personalities.
2. Miroir d'Eau
Covering an area of 3,450 square meters, the Miroir d'Eau is the world's largest reflecting pool. This fountain of sorts made with black granite is set on the quayside opposite of the equally impressive Palais de la Bourse. the 'water mirror' provides hours of entertainment on warm sunny days when the reflections in its thin slick of water--drained and refilled every half-hour--is amazing. Every 23 minutes a dense fog-like vapor is ejected for three minutes makes one of the best photo opportunities.
3. Cathédrale St-André
The imposing Cathédrale St-André stands high over the city of Bordeaux. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site even before the city's classification. The cathedral's oldest section dates from 1096, but most of what you see today was built in the 13th and 14th centuries. What makes the cathedral even more imposing than its size is its gargoyled, 50m-high Gothic belfry, Tour Pey-Berland, erected between 1440 and 1466.
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