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North Sea & Coast-Cycle Route FR-BE-NL

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Elevation profile North Sea & Coast-Cycle Route FR-BE-NLBoulogne-sur-MerGravelinesAtlantic Wall Open Air MuseumHarlingenMenkemaborg0100200050100150200250300350400450500550600650700750800

Added on 23 Oct 2011,

on 02 Sep 2022

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OpenStreetMap and Contributors + biroto-Redaktion (

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by biroto-Redaktion on 02 Sep 2022

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Start location

Boulogne-sur-Mer, Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy, FR (11 m NHN)

End location

Oldambt, Groningen, NL (-2 m NHN)


In Belgien


In den Niederlanden



This route is part of the EuroVelo Route 12 "North Sea Cycle Route".

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0 km
3,2 km
75 m


FR-62230 Outreau




1 km
0,9 km
60 m

FR-62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer


Heritage building(s)

Boulogne-sur-Mer, Basilique Notre-Dame
Boulogne-sur-Mer, Basilique Notre-Dame
Belfry of Boulogne-sur-Mer
Belfry of Boulogne-sur-Mer
Le Château-Musée de Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Le Château-Musée de Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Boulogne-sur-Mer, in the old town
Boulogne-sur-Mer, in the old town

Boulogne-sur-Mer (French pronunciation: [bu.lɔɲ.syʁ.mɛʁ], Latin: Gesoriacum or Bononia, Dutch: Bonen) is a city in Northern France. Boulogne lies on the Côte d'Opale, a tourist coast on the English Channel.

Boulogne was the major Roman port for trade and communication with Britain. After a period of Germanic presence following the collapse of the Empire, Boulogne was at the centre of an eponymous county of the Kingdom of France during the Middle Ages, and was occupied by the Kingdom of England numerous times due to conflict between the two nations.

The city's 12th-century belfry is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, while another popular attraction is the marine conservation centre, Nausicaa Wikipedia Icon.

In the Middle Ages Boulogne was the capital of an eponymous county, founded in the mid-9th century. An important Count, Eustace II, assisted William the Conqueror in his conquest of England. His wife founded the city's Notre Dame Wikipedia Icon cathedral, which became a site of pilgrimage from the 12th century onwards, attended by fourteen French kings and five of England. It was an important whaling center prior to 1121, but in time the gray whale became extinct in the Atlantic and the few surviving right whales were inadequate to be profitable. The city survived on herring fishing and received its municipal charter from Count Renaud of Dammartin in 1203.

The area was fought over by the French and the English, including several English occupations during the course of the Hundred Years War. Boulogne was again occupied by the English from 1544 to 1550. In 1550, The Peace of Boulogne ended the war of England with Scotland and France. France bought back Boulogne for 400,000 crowns. A culture of smuggling was present in the city until 1659, when French gains in Flanders from the Treaty of the Pyrenees moved the border northwards.

Boulogne received its current status as a subprefecture of the Pas-de-Calais department in 1800 due to the territorial re-organisation in Revolutionary France. Three years later, it was given the title of an Imperial City (Ville Impériale).

The 19th century was a prosperous one for Boulogne, which became a bathing resort for wealthy Parisians after the completion of a railway line to the French capital. In the 19th century, the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Boulogne Wikipedia Icon was reconstructed by the priest Benoit Haffreingue, who claimed to have received a call from God to reconstruct the town's ruined basilica.


Boulogne's 12th century belfry is one of 56 in northeastern France and Belgium with shared World Heritage Site status. It is the oldest building in the upper city, and currently serves as the home to a museum of Celtic remains from the Roman occupation. Founded as the Counts' dungeon, the top floor was added in the 13th century. Damage by a fire in 1712 was built over by 1734.

  • Medieval walls long 1,500 metres with 4 gates ( Porte des Dunes,  Porte Neuve, Porte Gayole, Porte des Degrés) and 17 towers from 13th century
  • Medieval castle, whose foundations date to Roman times. It houses an Egyptian art collection
  • Gothic church of St. Nicholas, housing several 15th century statues
  • Cathedral basilica of Notre-Dame, with a dome standing at over 100 m. The crypt is one of the largest in France, and has Roman, Romanesque and Gothic elements.
  • Opened in 1991, Nausicaä Wikipedia Icon - The French National Sea Centre is a science centre entirely dedicated to the relationship between mankind and the sea. It houses Aquaria, exhibitions on the marine fauna, and the exploitation and management of marine resources (fisheries, aquaculture, coastal planning, maritime transport, exploitation of energies and mineral, tourism).
  • The Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, created during the Great War
  • Colonne de la Grande Armée Wikipedia Icon - Statue of Napoleon I

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Wikipedia contributors, 'Boulogne-sur-Mer', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 14 March 2015, 23:00 UTC, <> [accessed 1 May 2015]

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1 km
0,7 km
59 m


FR-62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer


Tourist information

Hours of opening

April to mid November (except July and August)

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July and August

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Languages spoken:

française ▪ English


2 km
0,1 km
18 m


FR-62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer


Tourist information

Hours of opening

Mid-november to end of march:Monday – Saturday 10.30 – 12.30 / 14.00 – 17.30.

April to mid-november (except july and august): Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 12.30 / 13.45 - 18.00.
Sundays and bank holidays: 10.30 - 13.00 / 14.30 - 17.00.

July and August: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 19.00
Sundays and bank holidays 10.30 - 13.00 / 14.30 - 18.00.

Languages spoken:

française ▪ English


9 km
0,2 km
29 m


FR-62930 Wimereux







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