Le Havre city

Le Havre is a french north-west town of Normandy, located on the right bank of Seine's estuary, close to La Manche. Founded in 1517 by the french king François Ier, Le Havre is now the second french port after Marseille's regarding total traffic and the first one regarding containers.

In 2005, Le Havre is joining UNESCO World Heritage. André Malraux Museum of Modern Art is the second french museum in term of impressionists pieces of art. The city is also well known for its sporting clubs with international influence: soccer team le Havre Athletic Club; basket ball team Saint-Thomas basket and the HAC feminine handball team.

Travelling to Le Havre by bicycle

Vél’H desk
Hall de l'Hôtel de Ville 1517 place de l'Hôtel de Ville 76600 Le Havre
+33 (0) 235222717 Bicycle paths' map

Travelling to Le Havre by tramway

9 rue René Coty 76600 Le Havre
+33 (0) 235223500 Lines 'map

Travelling to Le Havre by road

Via l'A13 (Paris Rouen Caen)
Via l'A29 (Amiens)

Travelling to le Havre by train

Le Havre railway station
Cours de la République 76600 Le Havre
+33 3635

Travelling to le Havre by air

Octeville's airport
Rue Louis Blériot 76930 Octeville-sur-mer
+33 (0) 235546500

Travelling to Le Havre by boat

Car Ferries - Brittany Ferries
Terminal de la Citadelle 76600 Le Havre
+33 (0) 825304304


46,95 km² 49°29'24"N - 0°06'00"E0 à 105 meters

Le Havre 2016 formal datas

CountryRegionDepartmentZip code Demonym Population Density
FranceHaute-NormandieSeine-Maritime76600, 76610 et 76620 Havrais, havraise 170 352 habitants 3 628 habitants/km²

Coat of arms

HeraldryHeraldic descriptionLe Havre's motto
Le Havre heraldry has been created on 16th century under François 1er's reign. He granted to Le Havre the salamander, his youth symbol when he was Angoulême's count. The three fleur-de-lis, coats of arms of french kings had been added without any authorization under Saint-Aignan's duke governement (1664-1689) and crowned by a radiant sun, power symbol wich disapear from Le Havre heraldry only on the 19th century. In 1926, the first fleur-de-lis is replaced by the kingly lion of Belgium as a reminder of the belgian government's exile between 1914 and 1918, and its gratefulness for the welcome of their immigrants whom take refuge in Le Havre. "De gueules à une salamandre d'argent, couronné d'or sur un brasier du même ; au chef cousu d'azur chargé de trois fleurs de lys d'or et surchargé d'un franc-canton de sable au lion d'or, armé et lampassé de gueules"."Nutrisco et extinguo" (I feed and extinguish) which means "I support the good ones and I destroy the vilains".
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