Rendez-vous in Clermont-Ferrand

  • Panoramic view of Clermont-Ferrand - Puy de Dôme (63) - Auvergne

    Panoramic view of Clermont-Ferrand - Puy de Dôme (63) - Auvergne

    © Ville de Clermont-Ferrand - Service Communication / D.Massacrier

  • The place de Jaude with the statue of Vercingetorix and the tramway - Clermont-Ferrand (63) - Auvergne

    The place de Jaude with the statue of Vercingetorix and the tramway - Clermont-Ferrand (63) - Auvergne

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  • Cathedral of Clermont-Ferrand - Puy-de-Dôme (63) - Auvergne

    Cathedral of Clermont-Ferrand - Puy-de-Dôme (63) - Auvergne

    © Ville de Clermont-Ferrand - Service Communication/ S.Chapuis

  • Notre-Dame-du-Port, Unesco World Heritage - Clermont-Ferrand (63) - Auvergne

    Notre-Dame-du-Port, Unesco World Heritage - Clermont-Ferrand (63) - Auvergne

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  • L'Aventure Michelin - Clermont-Ferrand (63) - Auvergne

    L'Aventure Michelin - Clermont-Ferrand (63) - Auvergne

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  • Jardin Lecoq - Clermont-Ferrand (63) - Auvergne

    Jardin Lecoq - Clermont-Ferrand (63) - Auvergne

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  • Guided tour of Clermont-Ferrand - Puy de Dôme (63) - Auvergne

    Guided tour of Clermont-Ferrand - Puy de Dôme (63) - Auvergne

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  • Capitale of rock music ! - Clermont-Ferrand (63) - Auvergne

    Capitale of rock music ! - Clermont-Ferrand (63) - Auvergne

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  • Rugby team - Clermont-Ferrand (63) - Auvergne

    Rugby team - Clermont-Ferrand (63) - Auvergne

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  • Cheese of The Auvergne

    Cheese of The Auvergne

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  • Statue of Vercingetorix - Clermont-Ferrand (63) - Auvergne

    Statue of Vercingetorix - Clermont-Ferrand (63) - Auvergne

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  • The Pariou and the puy de Dôme - Puy de Dôme (63) - Auvergne

    The Pariou and the puy de Dôme - Puy de Dôme (63) - Auvergne

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Rendez-vous in Clermont-Ferrand 63000 Clermont-Ferrand fr

Visit the town

The capital of rock music, rugby and short films, Clermont-Ferrand flaunts its exuberant temperament. Surrounded by volcanoes, its location is exceptional, and a stone’s throw from Puy de Dôme, which overshadows the other volcanoes that make up the Puys range in France’s largest Natural Park. What sets Clermont-Ferrand apart is the volcanic rock that is used to build its monuments, which has a powerful impact on visitors. Clermont-Ferrand is also the capital of Auvergne.

What to do

The two historic centers are Clermont and Montferrand.

  • Notre-Dame-du-Port Romanesque Basilica is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list. At the center of 12th century architecture and sculpture, it is a fully restored Gothic cathedral constructed from Volvic stone. Work began in 1248 and was finally completed in the 19th century by the famous architect Viollet-le-Duc.
  • L’Aventure Michelin. On a restored former industrial site, the epic tale of the multi-national company is recounted in a detailed series of museum displays. The Michelin Man is the honored guest! 
  • Place de Jaude, the beating heart of the town since the days of the Romans. Monuments and department stores decorate it and bring it to life. The statue of Vercingetorix by Bartholdi stands at the centre of the square.
  • The Puy de Dôme, certified as a “Grand Site de France”©.  At the summit (1465 m), is the Temple of Mercury and a 360° panoramic view of over 80 dormant volcanoes. Starting June 2012, a panoramic rack train will give access to the summit all year round, while respecting the fragile environment.
  • Vulcania, the European volcano park, located only 15 km from the town, offers unique experiences in the spectacular natural setting of the Auvergne volcanoes.
  • Museum collections. At the MARQ, the fine arts collections are exhibited in a former convent that was refurbished in the 20th century: don’t miss the 19th century grand gallery (Gustave Doré, Chassériau, Bartholdi, Camille Claudel). The Henri-Lecoq museum preserves two rare arithmetic machines invented by Blaise Pascal, born in Clermont in 1623. The Bargoin museum is home to a rich archaeological collection: an ex-voto from the days of the Gauls, unique in Europe.
  • Contemporary art. Several sites dedicated to the best of today’s creations: La Tôlerie, Hôtel Fontfreyde (photography centre) and the Frac Auvergne, right in the historic centre.

Main annual events

  • National and international short film festival (February).
  • Europavox, the best of European music (May).
  • “Les arts en balade”, opening up artists’ studios (May).
  • Trans’Urbaines, hip-hop, slam, graf music festival (July and November). 
  • Les Contre plongées de l’été” festival: circus shows, music, dance, theatre, readings and open-air cinema (July-August). 
  • “Jazz en tête” festival (October). 
  • Travel notebook festival (November).

How to get there

  • By train:

From Paris: 10 Téoz trains daily (3 hrs 25 mins) including 1 non-stop (2 hrs 59 mins).

From Lyon: 2 hrs 18 mins. Direct connections for Bordeaux, Dijon, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse.

  • By plane: Clermont/Auvergne airport (close to the town center).

Numerous daily connections with Paris-Orly and Roissy Charles de Gaulle (1 hr). Direct flights from Amsterdam, Lyon, Nantes and Nice. Regular connection with Southampton.

  • By motorway:

Paris: less than 4 hrs.Lyon: Less than 2 hrs. Bordeaux: 3 hrs 45 mins. Montpellier: 3 hours.
Geneva: 3 hrs 30 mins.

Contact

Clermont-Ferrand Tourist Office

Place de la Victoire

63000 Clermont-Ferrand.

Tél.: + 33 (0)4 73 98 65 00 - Fax: + 33 (0)4 73 98 64 98

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