Venue and city general information


Congress Venue

17, Place de la Bourse - 33076 Bordeaux


The Palais de la Bourse is a unique and prestigious venue, located in the very heart of Bordeaux, among historical buildings which reflect the cultural heritage of the city.
Located in the centre of Bordeaux, near the river, the Palais benefits from an ideal situation, easily reachable with all types of transports.
The tramway allows direct access from the railway station in 10 minutes (line C) and a shuttle brings you from the airport in 30 minutes.
A paying car park is available under the Palais de la Bourse.

The City of Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. It is the capital of the Aquitaine region, as well as the prefecture of the Gironde department. Bordeaux is a classic 18th-century city that has carefully preserved its beautiful architecture and is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will surely fall in love with the city’s unique personality, its impressive setting on the Port of the Moon and the secrets whispered by the old stone buildings. During the day, the town radiates calm and serenity, enhanced by the warmth of a sunny climate. After dark, the street lights reflect off the river and give rise to a festive atmosphere with a Latin twist.




How to get there

By air:
Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport is the international airport of Bordeaux. It has several daily flights to major European hubs, direct flights to the major European capitals and daily flights to all major French cities, as well as shuttle connections with Bordeaux city centre.

Shuttle buses leave to the train station every hour, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.
Journey time: 30 minutes in regular  traffic conditions.
For detailed information and tickets:

By train
The main railway station, Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean, is located near the centre of the city and is served by the French national railway's high speed train, the TGV, that gets to Paris in three hours, with connections to major European centres such as Lille, Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Geneva and London. The TGV also serves Toulouse and Irun from Bordeaux. A regular train service is provided to Nantes, Nice, Marseille and Lyon. The Gare Saint-Jean is the major hub for regional trains (TER) operated by the SNCF to Arcachon, Limoges, Agen, Périgueux, Pau, Le Médoc, Angoulême and Bayonne.

By tramway:
The 3 tram lines (A, B and C) serve all the major facilities within the Bordeaux Metropole.
Trams run from 5 am to 12.30 am (until 1.15 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday) at 4 to 7-minute intervals during the day and 8 to 15-minute intervals the rest of the time.

By car:
Bordeaux is an important road and motorway junction. The city is connected to Paris by the A10 motorway, to Lyon by the A89, to Toulouse by the A62, and to Spain by the A63.

For practical information on how to reach Bordeaux and how to get around the town, please visit the websites  and

Buildings and landmarks

The MIROIR D’EAU (REFLECTING POOL) is less than 10 years old but has become one of the city’s major attractions. It is harmoniously located across from a monumental building which is nearly three centuries old.


The PORT DE LA LUNE (PORT OF THE MOON) was one of the major European ports in the 18th century. The quays were attractively renovated in the 2000s and now include green spaces, boutiques, restaurants, playgrounds, etc. The Bordelais and visitors alike love strolling along the riverside, as well as jogging and cycling by. There are also river cruises – a very clever way of taking in the city, its vineyards, and its fortifications.


The GRAND THEATRE is one of the most beautiful 18th-century concert halls in the world, along with the opera houses of Versailles and Turin. The Grand Theatre has delighted visitors and been the pride and joy of Bordeaux for over three centuries.


The PUBLIC GARDEN has earned the “remarkable garden” certification. It features 18th-century buildings with honey-coloured stone and a small river that wends its way past century-old trees.


The CATHEDRAL, the most beautiful religious monument in Bordeaux, was the setting for royal weddings. The separate bell tower, Tour Pey Berland, affords a remarkable view of the city.



OLD BORDEAUX is another hidden jewel. Tourists who come to Bordeaux usually marvel at the beautiful buildings lining the quays before anything else. However, many of them do not see the Saint-Pierre district located behind the magnificent 18th-century Place de la Bourse. This is the historic heart of Bordeaux with picturesque narrow streets.


Bordeaux is the world's major WINE INDUSTRY CAPITAL and the largest, oldest fine-wine vineyard region in the world. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. There are six wine roads in Bordeaux: one in the Médoc (with its famous Route des Châteaux), one through Sauternes and the Graves (the birthplace of Bordeaux wine), another in Saint-Emilion (with its beautiful medieval village), a further one in Blaye and Bourg (which overlook the estuary and are linked by a corniche), and yet another in the Entre-Deux-Mers, the «Bordeaux Tuscany». The last one is Bordeaux itself, the gateway to the vineyards!


But wine isn’t the only pride of Bordeaux. When you visit this marvellous city, the TRADITIONAL CUISINE plays an important role as well. Dining in Bordeaux is a great experience, from the simplest restaurant to Michelin-starred establishments. Fine local cuisine features wonderful regional specialities. The city’s long history as a port has also developed a taste for more exotic flavours. Bordeaux being bounded by the Atlantic ocean coastline, fish and shellfish abound. However, Bordeaux is a carnivore city and its most famous and sought-after dish is “entrecôte sauce au vin”, also called “entrecote bordelaise” (a world renown dish of rib steak cooked in a rich gravy made from Bordeaux wine, butter, shallots, herbs and bone marrow).

For further and detailed information on Bordeaux attractions, please visit the website

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