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Porte Cailhau

Place du Palais, 33000, Bordeaux, France
+33 5 56 00 66 00
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The Port Cailhau, thirty-five metres tall, was integrated into the city walls. In 1864, it was rented by a public letter writer and a person whose job was to weigh salt. They were both evicted in order to renovate the monument. There is a magnificent view of the oldest bridge in Bordeaux, the Pont de Pierre, from here.
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“fairy tale” (11 reviews)
“city gate” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Place du Palais, 33000, Bordeaux, France
+33 5 56 00 66 00
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely, fairy-tale like building (out daughters thought it looked like a castle out of a Disney princess story). Sits on a nice, lively square. But that is about it. I guess you can stop by for a photo-op, while exploring the old town from the...More

Thank Ulysses S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were told after we paid the viewing deck was closed. We were told that we had the option to go back later on our tickets, however this didn't fit into our plans. The building itself is beautiful, but the museum inside needs to be...More

1  Thank miss-sparkly
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Like others have mentioned, it's a castle in the middle of the city. Surrounding it are restaurants you can certainly enjoy a meal and do some people watching, which is always a fun and favorite pastime of mine. Unfortunately, that's all you can do. Gaze...More

Thank Cat N
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Lovely sightseen. Used to be one of the doors of the city and today is an outstanding sightseen. Must visit during the day and night. After the visit, enjoy the coffees and bars around it. Lovely!!

Thank Claudia M
Reviewed 7 June 2017

this really is a beautiful place to look at the exterieur is fairytale and looks amazing on sunny days and in the rain and at night the floodlighting is perfect - a fairy tale so i went in adn paid the 5 euro entrance and...More

1  Thank Batboy N
Reviewed 7 June 2017

This highly decorated gateway at one edge of the city centre stands out amongst the many other attractive limestone edifices as being particularly striking. In common with the Grosse Cloche (of which it is very reminiscent) it may not absorb much of your time but,...More

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Historians disagree as to the provenance of the name, but they are sure that it was built to announce the Victory of Charles VIII in Italy. If you feel like claiming to the top, it will afford you great views of the city. **

1  Thank Oliver S
Reviewed 13 May 2017

When walking around Bordeaux, it's definitely worth taking a look at this ancient gateway to the old part of the city. Opening out into the beautiful Place de Palais line with cafes, it gives you a great feeling for the ancient heart of Bordeaux.

Thank Helen K
Reviewed 12 May 2017

We love this gate for its impressive size and beauty, but the best thing about it is that its the entrance to a very interesting part of Bordeaux - an area populated by young people, lots of fun wine bars and restaurants appealing to all...More

1  Thank MadamJosephine
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Lots and lots of people in the street for blocks and blocks, so don't go here if you're agoraphobic. But otherwise fantastic sidewalk cafes and shopping.

Thank Ron J
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