Cherbourg-Octeville, France

Guide for the rail traveller


Local languageFrench
Country France


Cherbourg-Octeville (as it's now known since the annexation of the two towns in 2000) is arguably famous for two things: the 1964 film ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ and for witnessing the Allies' defeat of the Germany’s invasion of Normandy in the Battle of Cherbourg. The Musée de la Libération is a must for anyone interested in World War II history.

In terms of entertainment there’s a little bit of everything; nightclubs, cabaret, a casino and a bowling alley; for youngsters there’s the indoor play centre Fun Box. One of the town’s main attractions is La Cité de la Mer, a large complex with an aquarium, a museum devoted to Cherbourg’s maritime history, and a virtual submarine that allows visitors to imagine what it’s like to navigate underwater.

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