Founded in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, Caen – capital of the Basse Normandie region – was 80% destroyed during the 1944 Battle of Normandy. Rebuilt in the 1950s and '60s in a typically utilitarian style, modern-day Caen nevertheless offers visitors a walled medieval château, two ancient abbeys, several very attractive 19th-century areas and a clutch of excellent museums, including a groundbreaking museum of war and peace.
Caen destination guides
Private Tour: Normandy Landing Beaches, Battlefields, Museums and Cemeteries from Caen
Take a private tour from Caen to Normandy, where you’ll explore sites of the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944 – more famously known as D-Day. You can personalize this private tour to determine how long you spend at the various WWII sites.
A cycle through WWII history from Bayeux to Honfleur via the Norman coast and the landing beaches