Rouen is the historical capital city of Normandy, in northwestern France on the River Seine, and currently the capital of the Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy) région. It is situated on the River Seine, approximately 90 minutes drive north-west (135 km) from the centre of Paris.
Rouen was one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe which can be seen in the many monuments and buildings which have been preserved in its historical centre. Its architectural treasures include Gothic monuments like the Notre Dame Cathedral, St Ouen Abbey, Saint Maclou Church and the Palais de Justice or Renaissance style monuments like the Gros Horloge, Saint Maclou Ossuary and the Bourgtheroulde Mansion.
After the historical centre, there is ‘Sainte Catherine’ hill nearby, from where you can admire a magnificent view of the city and the meandering River Seine or walk along rue Eau de Robec where some watermills, testament to an important textile history when people were making a living out of the cloth manufacturing industry, which is now represented by the sheep symbol.
Things to See & Do
* Notre Dame
* Art museums
* Gros Horloge (Big clock) – astronomical clock
* Saint Joan of Arc church
* Views from Sainte Catherine hill
Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency – Euro (€)
Language – French
Land Area – 21.38 km
Population – 110,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT/UTC + one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 33
Port Location – The port of Rouen is located on the Seine river. Cruise passengers disembark at the cruising terminal.
Travel Links – You can easily access Rouen by road, train, coach, boat or plane . Several trains depart from the St Lazare Station in Paris for Rouen on a daily basis.