Visit the 17th floor of the town hall tower

You want to understand the city of Le Havre, but don’t have much time to spare? From the 17th floor of the Town Hall tower, everything becomes clear, everything makes sense! 

La tour de l'Hôtel de Ville du Havre

The 72-metre-high tower building and its 17th-floor balcony, which houses the offices of various municipal departments, offer a breathtaking view. Its tremendous panorama opens onto the city, the port, Sainte-Adresse and, beyond, the Seine and its estuary spanned by the elegant Normandy Bridge, the Normandy coast and the famous Honfleur, Trouville, Deauville, so close as the crow flies.

Vue sur le boulevard de Strasbourg depuis la tour de l'Hôtel de Ville du Havre

But let’s come back to Le Havre, and more particularly to the centre listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. At the foot of the Town Hall is a forecourt of imposing dimensions, positioning the square as one of the largest in Europe.

Le Havre, a World Heritage City

Straight ahead, the eye is immediately attracted at the end of Rue de Paris by the “Catène de conteneurs”, a colourful work by Vincent Ganivet which has become emblematic of Le Havre and its port, created as part of the 500th anniversary of Le Havre and “Un été au Havre” (One Summer in Le Havre).

This major axis draws the first vector of the triangle formed and closed off by Boulevard François 1er where the Church of St Joseph is located, a masterpiece of the architect who reconstructed Le Havre, Auguste Perret, and Avenue Foch, otherwise known as “the Champs-Elysées of Le Havre”, leading straight to the sea and the Porte Océane.

Vue sur l'église Saint-Joseph et le port de plaisance depuis la tour de l'Hôtel de Ville du Havre

From the Town Hall’s tower, the city, the port and beyond

This panorama, so expansive, reveals in a single lift of the curtain, the differences in style between the upper and lower town and those of its neighbour Sainte-Adresse, so rich in villas from the 19th century… It is a city where life is good, where the wide roads allow a fluid flow of traffic, and where the numerous green spaces and sea front offer such pleasant places to walk. You’ll also find an active city, and may be lucky enough to see a liner calling at the entrance to the port, or other ships, commercial vessels, entering or leaving Le Havre, the first port of France for container traffic.

Vue sur les immeubles Perret, la centrale thermique EDF et le port depuis la tour de l'Hôtel de Ville du Havre
Vue sur la mer du haut de la tour de l'Hôtel de Ville

Guided tours of the 17th floor of the Town Hall’s tower

To visit the 17th floor of the Town Hall and enjoy this quite exceptional experience, you need to register for the tours organised by the Pays d’Art et d’Histoire (Land of Art and History Label).

A guide will accompany you and provide all the information you need to decipher the urban landscape, understand its history since its creation in 1517 and how it has evolved into what we see today.

Pays d'art et d'histoire Le Havre Seine 181 rue de Paris LE HAVRETel. 02 35 22 31 22E-mailWebsiteLearn more