The Côte Saint-Catherine, or Saint-Catherine hill, probably has the best view of Rouen, the Seine and all of its bridges and is a must do when visiting the Capital of Normandy.
an unmissable view of Rouen
Standing 140 meters tall, the Saint-Catherine hill allows you to perceive the entire city of a hundred spiers, the two river banks of the Seine and all of its bridges. Located on the eastern border of Rouen, Saint-Catherine is a must do and see, either by day or night, or why not both.
Why go to
Saint-Catherine hill ?
Once you arrive at the top of Saint-Catherine hill, you will be able to see three reading tables, to the north, west and south, placing and orientating the different monuments and attractions from this standpoint – such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, the churches of the city, the Charles Nicolle hospital, the six bridges, the Archives tower…
This panorama has attracted many artists, including the infamous Claude Monet who painted his “General View of Rouen” in 1892 from this view point. This painting is to be found in the city’s free Museum of Fine Arts, alongside other impressionism masterpieces.
In addition to being a must-snap photo spot, Saint-Catherine is also an ideal place to recharge your batteries whilst taking in the calm and beauty from the top of the hill. Taking some me time, to read a book, to have a picnic or simply to admire the scenery, this is the spot to be.
Sports enthusiasts will also find a challenge at Saint-Catherine. The 525 steps that lead from the foot of the hill to the panorama will make those calf muscles work, a sure way to break a sweat and spoil yourself to a great view.
At sunset, the Saint-Catherine hill turns into a true romantic spot where all lovers can observe the sky being “painted” with warm colours. Many great love stories began over a glass of champagne here.
get there ?
- By Foot
From the Cathedral Square, it takes roughly 50 min to reach the panorama of the Saint-Catherine hill.
Just follow rue St-Romain on the left-hand side of the Cathedral. Cross rue de la République and continue with rue Martainville to the left of Saint-Maclou church.
Cross the TEOR (bus) lane at place du Canada and continue straight on over to rue du Faubourg Martainville. Take rue du Mont Gargan, pass under the expressway, finally reaching the steps visible on your right, they will take you to the view point.
- By bus
At the “Hôtel de Ville” bus stop: Take bus n° 13, direction Belbeuf and Boos, up to the “La Corniche” halt where you will get off. The journey lasts about twenty minutes and it takes another 15 minutes on foot to access the panorama by skirting the secure layout on your left.
Otherwise bus n° 20, direction Saint-Léger-du-Bourg-Denis drops you off at the “Cimetière du Mont Gargan” halt. The journey takes approximately 8 minutes. Once you get off at the stop, you will find the bottom of the stairs leading towards the panorama view point.
At the “Théâtre des arts” stop: Take line n° F5 in the direction of Lycée Galilée. Get off at the “Haut de la côte” halt, the journey takes about 6 minutes. Cross the lane in the direction of the Post Office. Take the rue de la Corniche on your left and continue straight ahead. You will still have a 20-minute walk in front of you to access the panorama along the secure layout on your left-hand side.
- By car
Join the right bank’s quays in the direction of Bonsecours. Two parking places are available:
One at the bottom of the hill, rue Henri Rivière, near the entrance to the Mont Gargan cemetery.
GPS coordinates: N 49 ° 26 ’10 ″E 1 ° 6 ’34.6 ″
The other directly overlooking the Sainte-Catherine panorama, route de la Corniche, Bonsecours.
GPS coordinates: N 49 ° 26 ’1.7 ″E 1 ° 6 ’36.4 ″