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- It’s a very big museum dedicated to one of France’s most famous race sailors.
Even if you’re not into sailing it’s a very interesting experience. Well explained.Written 17 February 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The entrance door to K2 is located on the side of the building right by the submarine. This door is not signed very well and we just looked for the line up to enter K2. Arrive at the time stated on your onine ticket. The person at the entrance to the Flore submarine in K2 building had difficulty with her code reader when it was placed over printed online tickets causing a hold up for people to enter.
Visitors first tour through a small display area and sit on bleachers to view a short documentary film (approximatly 10 min) of the time period when the submarine had been in use. The film consisted of short news clips of historical events in the 20th century ending with the Cold War and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. It had English sub-titles. This film would not be of interest to school children in my opinion, and could be skipped even by adults.
The walk through the Flore submarine is really the focus of this visit to K2 and is the best/most interesting part. Before entering the submarine, personnel provide audio guides in your language of choice (included in ticket price) which provide commentary for the things one sees inside the submarine.
The submarine is very narrow inside - single file only. Very difficult to imgine 40+ sailors living and working here, but then sailors took shifts sleeping in the few bunk beds. There certainly were no luxuries in the living and dining quarters. There seemed to be 1 toilet cubicle (no door) and 1 sink for these sailors to use. The kitchen must have been a nightmare to assemble food due to the cramped quarters and the need to climb down a ladder to the food storage area. The dining table was a narrow board between the bunk beds. The work the sailors had seemed to involve dials and gadgets, in front of which they sat back to back. Many lines of wires were openly pinned to the sub walls. The officers quarters had been renewed, but had once been an area where livestock had been held for fresh meat and produce. The walk through the submarine takes about 45 -60 minutes, depending on how thoroughly one reads the Fr-English labels on things and listens to the commentary.
This visit is done without a guide and lasts about 1 1/4 hour. I visited this submarine after a visit to the K3 base which I think made a visit through the submarine more meaningful.
There is no guide needed for this visit. I thought the submarine ticket could be a few Euros less.Written 5 December 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This is a magical storybook place. We set off from the very off-putting docks at Lorient on a large ferry. It was pretty difficult to find a place to park. We expected perhaps a bit of a cruise feeling, but there were no refreshments on board and there was a choice between outdoor uncovered wooden seat on the deck with no shelter, or aircraft style seats all in rows. There was no commentary available so we had to thumb through our guide books to find out what all the sights were on our way. However upon disembarkation another world entirely met our eyes. If you want to rent a bike in the high season come on the first ferry. We wandered on foot over hilly lanes and clifftop walks to the most beautiful sandy beach imaginable. Mica sand sparkled, colourful yachts bobbed in the bay, the sea was green ans lapped on the shore. One big drawback-only one single toilet and that was not on the beach! Some sort of automatic cleaning W.C. Otherwise this place is sheer heaven. And do what everyone else does. Do it in the sea!Written 18 August 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I rated this attraction highly due to the excellent English speaking guide the Lorient Tourism had arranged for us. After August, there are no English speaking tours available for the K3 submarine base through the La Base site's online ticket website. So we paid 130E, a group rate for the 2 of us, to go on an English tour which in August would have been only 6.50E per person with, of course, a larger group.
In early October, we met our guide outside of the La Base ticket office without any trouble as the meeting spot for group visits to K3 is painted on the sidewalk. The tour lasts 1 1/2 hr. The guide gave a general overview of the purpose of the site while we walked 15 minutes to the K3 building where he showed us the various berths where the German U-boats had been docked. These berths were filled with water, but otherwise seemed unused although there appeared to be locals who were using at least one berth. He explained how K3 had been constructed to withstand/repel Allied bombs and why the site was such a good site to dock the u-boats. He told us how this site had attracted construction workers not only from German allies but also from its enemies like France and Belgium. He also explained the problem the Germans had in providing the huge amounts of gravel and concrete to build the bunkers and which countries had contributed those materials. He described how the u-boats were docked and how the sailors had been an elite corps. We then climbed the stairs to the roof of K3 which, on a clear day, would have given us a spectacular view of the bay and its surrounding sights. He talked more about the housing for these sailors and its captains as he pointed out where that housing had been located. The guide we had was a font of information, making this visit interesting, informative, and worthwhile. I believe K3 is only accessible with a guided tour. The tour ended at the rooftop.
Public washrooms are available in the LA Base ticket office (opens after 2pm in October). Our tour started at noon so even in the rain we had to wait for our guide outside under an overhang. A crepe restaurant and a bar were open just steps away where we could have sat down with a hot drink, too.
Note that taxis must be either pre-arranged or phoned to pick up passengers either at La Base or at the cruise terminal. The taxi ride was around 10E from the cruise ship terminal to La Base.
We were thrilled that we could get to see K3 so early in the day leaving us time to view/walk through the Flore submarine situated outside of K2 building before heading back to our cruise ship.Written 5 December 2022
- If you want to see some proper football then come here !
A decent stadium a bit like in England where you're a lot nearer the pitch than most other stadiums in France.
Lorient play attacking football so the matches are always good to watch and this years manager is the French national teams goalkeeper from a few years ago !Written 2 November 2017
- Quite enjoyable walk along the lake and in the woods. Perfect place for running and doing excercices.Written 22 July 2018
- English headsets available.
The tour consists of several floors the view the steel diving training tank, I am sure this is of interest to some, but there is very little in the way of other exhibits.
Having done the excellent tour of K3 we thought it would continue the U-Boat theme, alas not. Very few mentions of the war, U-Boats.
You have to book on the day and there may be delays.Written 14 August 2016
- The port of Lorient is quite large and starts from entry from the sea. It contains areas for the military, fishing, commercial, passengers and yachting. A lot of the port can be enjoyed when sailing in or out of Lorient. The inner part by the centre is for yacht anchorage. It is a nice area to walk round and can be easily seen when in Lorient.Written 10 May 2020
- An easy walk to take, tourist information give out a walking guide which leads you round the harbour area and into the centre of L'Orient. There are quite a few things to see around the harbour. The Tour de la Découverte - the old watch tower, the pavilions of Hotel Gabriel, a couple of windmills and "The enclosure of the port", where the French East India Company were based and several good viewpoints of the harbour.Written 10 May 2020
- This playground is right beside the Cité de la Voile. There is a large free car park beside it. It is an outdoor playground and it is free of charge. It is fun, pretty and colorful. There are lots of fun activities like a rotating seesaw and a play area with a climbing tower, swings and rocking toys. It is accessible for wheel chairs and buggies but lacks specialist play equipment for wheelchair users. It is a lovely playground however, and a great way to let out some energy before going on a tour with small kids.Written 29 June 2020
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