Vitré (Breton: Gwitreg; Gallo: Vitræ) is a in the département of Ille-et-Vilaine, in the region of Brittany, France. Vitré lies on the edge of Brittany, near Normandy Maine and Anjou. The town has been designated a ville d'art et d'histoire, a town of artistic and historic significance, by the Ministry of Culture in recognition of its rich cultural heritage.
Vitré is a medieval town very beautiful with a rich cultural heritage. It is a very good exemple of the medieval cities with castles, churches, very old houses (15th century), historic monuments, parks and nature.
The site of Vitré was occupied in Gallo-Roman times. The name Vitré comes from the Gallo-Roman name "Victor" or "Victrix", after the owner of a farm in the region. The year 1000 marked the formal birth of Vitré, when the duke of Brittany Geoffrey I bestowed feudal powers upon Riwallon Le Vicaire, who was charged with keeping this strategic area as a buffer zone of the "Marches of Brittany".
Located east of Brittany, the city of Vitré is crossed by the expressway which prolongs motorway A 11, while the motorway of the Estuaries. As in the whole of the Ille-et-Vilaine département, the communes of the country of Vitré are accessible by these expressways (Paris - Rennes).
The Station of Vitré has a lot of trains' stops. The easiest way to get to Vitré from Paris is through Gare Montparnasse. There are trains almost a few per day and the ride is 1hrs and 56 min.
The airport is in Rennes - Saint-Jacques (40 km ≈ 25 miles).
Castle of Vitré: The current Vitre Castle was founded around 1050 by Baron Robert I on a ridge next to the Vilaine River Valley. Around 200 years later, 3 towers were built in a triangle shape, giving it the general geometry that can be seen today. Over the next 300 years it was added onto by other noblemen. It currently lies in the state that it was in during the 16th century. The castle contains a museum (4 euro entry) and the city hall. The castle courtyard is free to enter and gives you a good perspective of the architecture.
Hôtel-Restaurant L'Espérance, 21 boulevard des Rochers. edit
Hôtel Restaurant La Grenouillère, Route Ernée (RD 777). edit
Hôtel du Château, 5 Rue Rallon. checkout: 11 am. This is a family run hotel by a husband and a wife (who actually don't speak English but are very friendly). This hotel is located right next to the bottom of the castle in an historic building. It is a very short walk to the historic areas of Vitre.55-70 euro/night. edit
It is fairly easy to travel in France, therefore it would be clever to take advantage of the beautiful cities and coastal scenery in Brittany (Rennes, Dinan, Fougères). Saint-Malo, a wonderful coastal town on the English Channel, is only 45 minutes by TGV and usually costs less than €10. Buses are also available for less, but take a bit longer.