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Coat of arms of Trouville-sur-Mer
Trouville-sur-Mer (France)
region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Lisieux
Canton Honfleur-Deauville
Community association Cœur Cote Fleurie
Coordinates 49 ° 22 '  N , 0 ° 5'  E Coordinates: 49 ° 22 '  N , 0 ° 5'  E
height 0-148 m
surface 6.79 km 2
Residents 4,628 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 682 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 14360
INSEE code

Trouville seen from the banks of the Toques
The beach at Trouville, painting by Eugène Boudin, 1864

Trouville-sur-Mer is a French seaside resort with 4628 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in the Calvados department in Normandy . It is located about 200 km northwest of Paris on the fine sandy coast of the English Channel .


In contrast to Deauville , a place in the immediate vicinity on the other bank of the Touques and designed on the drawing board by the architect Brunet in 1859 , Trouville is a historically grown fishing port. While Deauville attracted holidaymakers early on with regattas and horse races and came up with a train connection from Paris, Trouville was only able to attract the attention of townspeople when Eugène Cornuché opened a casino there at the end of the 19th century . The place gradually became increasingly popular, as evidenced by numerous magnificent buildings from the turn of the century. For tourists from England a pier (no longer available today) was built to accommodate the passengers of the ferries from Le Havre . In 1934, Max Horkheimer characterized Trouville as an exclusive resort for the upper classes - “ big bourgeoisie ”, “ millionaires ”. A well-known grand hotel on the pier was Roches Noires. It has Marcel Proust made in September 1893 along with his mother leave; and Trouville - together with Cabourg - became the model for the glamorous seaside resort "Balbec" in the novel In Search of Lost Time . The writer Marguerite Duras later owned an apartment in Roches Noires .

An architecturally outstanding villa that was bought by the actor Gérard Depardieu is called Les Muriers and belonged to Geneviève Straus (1849–1926), a daughter of the composer Jacques Fromental Halévy and wife of the composer Georges Bizet . This villa, which is located on one of the slopes that surround Trouville, paradigmatically shows the Norman profane building style, which has become synonymous with the architecture of bathing and health resorts in Europe.

Today the Musée de Trouville is located in the Villa Montebello with exhibits of urban and art historical interest.

The Dutch garden designer Arend Jan van der Horst designed the garden of a fishing hut in Trouville.

The Côte Fleurie between Honfleur and Trouville is considered the cradle of impressionism . Artists such as Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet worked there .

Population development

year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2007 2016
Residents 6622 6429 6618 6008 5607 5411 4928 4642
Sources: Cassini and INSEE


Town twinning

Trouville has partnerships with Barnstaple in the UK and Vrchlabí in the Czech Republic.


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Max Horkheimer: Notes 1950 to 1969 and Twilight. Notes in Germany [1934]. Edited by Werner Brede, introduction by Alfred Schmidt . S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 1974, pp. 248-250.
  2. ^ Cordula Seger: Grand Hotel: Stage of Literature. Dölling and Galitz, Munich / Hamburg 2007, p. 61.
  3. ^ Arend Jan van der Horst: Movements in Green. Conceptual Landscape Gardening / Conceptuele tuinarchitectuur. Terra, Lanoo 2008, p. 184.

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