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Les Machines de L'ile, Nantes
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Enter the dreamlike world of fantasy that combines the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci and the imaginary worlds of Jules Verne at Les Machines de L'ile. This fantastic project is an absolute must, especially if you have children. Gigantic machines take you on a steampunk journey through time using artistry and magic--some of these mechanical marvels even take you on the ride of a lifetime. Hop on The Great Elephant, a mechanical mammal made from 45 tons of steel and wood, for a 45-minute walk around the grounds. Then, control the movements of the machines at the Marine Worlds Carousel. This massive 360-degree theater on three levels displays mechanical marine creatures--many of which you and your kids can control. The ship sets sail 5 m (16 ft) above the seabed, then plunges you virtually into the depths, where wild creatures like deep-sea lanternfish light your way. Use our Nantes itinerary planner to add Les Machines de L'ile and other attractions to your Nantes vacation plans.
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  • Nantes, the birthplace of Jules Verne, is saturated with adventure atmosphere. Located in the Centre of tourist art "project Machines of Nantes island", where the mechanical sculptures of various subjects. Funny that the mechanisms and materials sculptures seem to be very ancient, and the park opened just in 2007 year. The entire island is represented by three entertainment, walking on a mechanical elephant (might not be enough seats), Carousel "sea worlds" (the most high, the world's only three-storey carousel), as well as a gallery of machines where the basically the same machine and on a carousel. So the Gallery can not go. And here's a carousel. It opened only in 2012 year. When buying a ticket for a tour of naprosites', you will find anglogovrjashhego employee if that. During the tour, will be allowed to ride on the first floor of the submersibles, karakaticah, cancers, etc. (underwater world). Naturally cuttlefish will sail back crab sideways, submarines will dive down and emerging all the time, you can drive your vehicle, pull the claws, push buttons, very interesting. After you reply to the third floor, where machines are presented in the form of boats, sea dragons and other mythical creatures, anything that could float on the sea surface. In the year 2017 plan to open another project "tree of herons".
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  • We had discussed this but you have to see it in motion! the elephant is spectacular. It seems that you're living a wonderful experience from the time of Julio Verne. Do not miss it. Check the schedules that are in the space where they keep the machines.
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  • To do to discover machines and mechanical complexity. On le.ton of humor and l want to discover
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  • This has to be seen to be believed, wonderful machines in the style of joules vern. You pay to ride on things and enter the workshop, but if you want you can have a free wander around. There is a reasonably priced multi story car park almost opposite the entrance and two or three places to eat and drink. They have great plans for new attractions and they look amazing too. This is a good day out, very different and well worth a detour to get to. See their Web site for loads of info. Thumbs up if you found this helpful!
  • As someone who has always been fascinated by automatons, and wind-up toys, I thought this place would be interesting. It surpassed by expectations by a mile! From a purely mechanical point of view, all the machines are marvels of engineering. But beyond that, they bring out the wonder in all spectators. Riding the elephant was incredible especially being able to watch the way the gears moved from so many perspectives. The carousel was amazing. Each creature on the carousel had its own personality. I loved that they were all so interactive. The demonstration of the machines in the gallery was really interesting to watch, too. My French wasn't good enough to follow the commentary from the guides, so it would have been nice to have an audio guide of some sort in English. But since this place is really visually oriented, it wasn't a big minus. I will definitely return.
  • If you happen to be in Nantes, it's definitely a place to visit. They aim to create emotions with motion and they deliver. It may sound abstract, but it's difficult to describe. Seeing the machines live is a wonderful experience.
  • Very good attractions. The museum is very interesting and children (and adults) are fascinated by the elephant and merry go rounds. A great day out.
  • This place was amazingly unique. Everything was meant to be played with. You could pull all of the levers, switch switches, and more. These would all move parts of the machines. There is also a giant mechanical elephant ride, in which I would totally recommend. It was 30 minutes on a giant walking elephant. If you don't particularly like loud noises, you may want to grab some earplugs, located in a box on the lower floor of the elephant.