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Flore Submarine base

56100 Lorient, France
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Ranked #3 of 8 attractions in Lorient
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Guelph, Canada
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We visited for free. Wandering around the massive, fortified buildings gives you an immediate sense of the effort the Germans undertook to protect their sub fleet. They even had 1000 soldiers on the base. This is an eerie place, even though it is now surrounded by a lot of competition yaughters. Walking around by yourself (expect to take a couple... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The base is extraordinary: one images the pens will outlast the pyramids. That said, it's pretty poorly signposted and the opening times are weird - guided tours of the main building on Sundays at 3 and 5 only as far as I could work out. Just walking round is worth the effort, and there's a great place for a picnic... More

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Arrived by bus, having crossed by local ferry, good public transport here. Huge concrete structures remain from the dark days of WW2. The U Boats sailed from here and sunk hundreds of Allied ships with the loss of thousands of lives. The engineering is impressive still, being literally bomb-proof. These sad grey walls were the last sight of land for... More

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The museum has great visuals.The visit of the submarine is also well worth it. Just a bit disappointed not to see the actual horizon through a periscope, but instead seeing pictures through it.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We were disappointed to find the U-boat pens NOT open when outside the building it said they were. The man working the booth had to phone someone else to confirm they were actually closed - not very organized. The sub tour was closed too. So as were already there we paid 5E each to see what was open - only... More

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Rennes, France
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I could only take the Flore tour as the U-boat pens were closed (they're only available Sundays at 3pm I believe). I paid about 7euro to access the Flore and an information centre/museum about submarines, Lorient and a variety of miliary/political things from the 20th century. I thought the cost was steep, but when you go into the info area,... More

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Darien, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

Didn't take the sub tour but did take the guided tour of K3 sub pens. Only at 3 pm the day we visited and only in French, but you'll get the jist of it. Amazing to see these immense structures and to imagine them in full action during WW2. Completely bomb proof!

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Channel Islands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I had hoped that a visit to this attraction would be the highlight of a few days in the area. It was not to be. For a start it's not easy to find. Dreadfully signposted and not easy to know where to park. Then when you arrive it seems that you have to join a tour. it's not at all... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

This place was amazing. What the Germans did to maintain and protect their U-Boats is nothing short of spectacular. Despite all the commercialized racing boats and boating companies that have occupied this historical location, you can still see it all if you follow some basic steps. 1. Only visit on a Sunday. The tour of K1, K2, and K3 are... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Really excellent submarine museum. Bit of history of Lorient and it's role in WW2 and the cold war - various submarine articacts - a potted history of the cold war in pictures/graphics which could be understood by all - tour of a cold war sub that is perched on the harbour side. Really interesting and really well done

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