Top Choice Aquarium in Boulogne-sur-Mer


At this world-class aquarium, huge tanks with floor-to-ceiling windows make you feel as though you're swimming with the sharks – and with more than 1000 other species, including sea turtles, California sea lions, So…
Historic Site in Boulogne-sur-Mer


Boulogne's hilltop Upper City is an island of centuries-old buildings and cobblestone streets. You can walk all the way around this 'Fortified City' atop the ancient stone walls – look for signs for the Promenade de…
Museum in Boulogne-sur-Mer


The cultures of five continents meet and mingle inside the Château-Musée, one of the few places on Earth where you can admire Egyptian antiquities (some brought here by pioneering Boulogne-born Egyptologist Auguste …
Area in Boulogne-sur-Mer


Boulogne's thriving economic heart is the Basse-Ville (Lower Town), centered on the Grande Rue and rue Adolphe Thiers. To encounter the city's long-time commercial bedrock, commercial fishing, head to the quay used …
Port in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Fishing Port

To encounter the city's long-time commercial bedrock, commercial fishing, head to the quay used by small fishing boats. Hungry seagulls dive and squawk overhead as they survey the fishing boats and the poissonniers …
Museum in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Musée Libertador San Martín

The house where General José de San Martín, the exiled hero of Argentine, Chilean and Peruvian independence, lived from 1848 until his death in 1850 has been turned into a museum owned by the Argentine government. R…
Cathedral in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Basilique Notre Dame

The Haute-Ville's basilica, its towering dome visible from all over town, is an improbably tall Italianate structure built from 1827 to 1866. The vast, partly Romanesque crypt reopened in 2015 after extensive renova…
Historic Building in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Hôtel de Ville

The brick town hall, built in 1735, has a square medieval belfry whose ground floor is accessible through the lobby.
Historic Building in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Hôtel Desandrouin

Built in the 1780s as a private mansion, the building was later used by Napoléon.
Statue in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Auguste Mariette Statue

Commemorates the pioneering Boulogne-born Egyptologist Auguste Mariette (1821–81), founder of Cairo's renowned Egyptian Museum.