Are there any U-boat pens left?
The city remained under German control until 1945, one of the last French cities to be liberated by the Allies, after which the U-boat pens sat empty. Today, they are intermittently used by the French navy, and as such are not open to the public. They are, however, visible from the adjacent road and hard to miss.
Can you visit the submarine pens in La Rochelle?
Inclus dans La Rochelle Océan Pass
Built in the greatest secrecy in 1941 to protect German submarine commanders from bombs, it has remained intact since 1945 and is now finally open to the public!
Where were the U-boat pens?
The German occupying forces built many U-boat pens in the Atlantic ports of France in Bordeaux, Brest, La Rochelle/La Pallice, Lorient, and St. Nazaire. Almost 4.4 million cubic metres of concrete were used.