The Airship Hangar

Take a flight in this unique building where airships used to be stored.

Reach for the sky!

Twelve of these hangars were built by the French army during World War I. They were used for the maintenance of airships. Today, the Hangar in Écausseville, near Cherbourg, is the only one left. The 150 metre-long and 30 metre-high building can be visited during the summer months, and is also used for quirky Aéroplume f­ights: an airship with fluttering wings piloted by an individual performer. It's something out of the world of Jules Verne and is really worth a try!

(c) Thierry Houyel
(c) Thierry Houyel

Hotels, restaurants and cafés nearby

What to see and do

  • Ecausseville is a small village on the Cotentin Peninsula, ten miles south of Cherbourg.
  • Take a trip back to the 1940s! Hosts at L'Atelier in Carentan wanted to recreate the atmosphere of a small Norman café during WWII. The place is authentic, warmly and historical!
  • Filled with fifties and sixties memorabilia, the Brasserie Themis opened its doors in January in Cherbourg.It boasts an outdoor terrace for when the weather is good and hosts concerts on most weekends.

Normandy Secrets

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