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Château de Combourg
Coat of arms of Combourg
Coat of arms
Combourg is located in France
Coordinates: 48°24′34″N 1°45′02″W / 48.4094°N 1.7506°W / 48.4094; -1.7506Coordinates: 48°24′34″N 1°45′02″W / 48.4094°N 1.7506°W / 48.4094; -1.7506
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Ille-et-Vilaine
Arrondissement Saint-Malo
Canton Combourg
Intercommunality Bretagne Romantique
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Joël Le Besco
Area1 63.55 km2 (24.54 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 5,572
 • Density 88/km2 (230/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 35085 /35270
Elevation 29–120 m (95–394 ft)
(avg. 66 m or 217 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Combourg (Breton: Komborn, Gallo: Conbórn) is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in northwestern France.


Inhabitants of Combourg are called Combourgeois and, more rarely Combournais, in French.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1810 4,170 —    
1962 4,339 +4.1%
1968 4,457 +2.7%
1975 4,647 +4.3%
1982 4,733 +1.9%
1990 4,843 +2.3%
1999 4,850 +0.1%
2008 5,572 +14.9%


The town is part of the Patrimoine Urbain de Bretagne and labelled as one of Les Petites Cités de Caractère. Combourg is considered the "cradle of Romanticism" in French literature due to the renowned French writer François-René de Chateaubriand who spent part of his youth in his family's castle, the Château de Combourg. He describes the village and medieval castle in his Mémoirs from Beyond the Grave.

Combourg is located between the cities of Rennes and Saint-Malo in Brittany. It is approximately 386 km from Paris, 39 km from Rennes and 36 km from Saint-Malo .


François-René de Chateaubriand (1768–1848), known as the father of Romanticism in French literature, spent his childhood in his family's castle, the Château de Combourg.

International relations[edit]

Combourg is twinned with Waldmünchen, in Bavaria, Germany.


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