Dunkirk has a wealth of exceptional heritage sites.
Some of the most famous are the 15th century belfry, a Unesco World Heritage site. It is 58 metres high, and has 48 bells and a 7 ton big bell.
You also need to see the 17th century town hall with its monumental door, also a Unesco World Heritage site, and the Leughenaer Tower, a classified historic monument.
Don’t forget to visit the Remembrance Memorial, a museum relating the battle of Dunkirk in the Second World War and Operation Dynamo, the code name of the incredible evacuation of over 340,000 allied soldiers from the “Dunkirk Pocket”.
During your visit, you will discover a large exhibition of military operation maps, photos, collections of arms, uniforms, models, etc. and a film of 15 minutes of archives.
Don’t leave Dunkirk without visiting the Port Museum, relating all the history of the port. The Museum is on the Quai de la Citadelle, and tells you all about the life of the corsairs, fishermen, stevedores, and their boats.
Discover even more by going on board the Duchesse Anne three masted clipper or the Sandetti fire-boat, both classed as historic monuments, or the Guilde barge to get a feel of the life of the boatmen. And while you’re there, climb to the top of the lighthouse for an extraordinary view of the port, the city and the hinterland.
Take time to discover the city on foot. You can see the statue of the famous corsair Jean-Bart, represented with his sword in hand, or the Risban lighthouse or the 10 km Braek dyke with its incredible view over the port and docks.
On your way, take time to stop in one of the city’s many typical cafés where you can get a taste of the warm atmosphere of the region.
And why not learn a few words of dialect from the inhabitants ?