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Its many names are evidence of a tumultuous past, including everything from Visigoth and Frank invasions to the launch of the First Crusade in 1095. Located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of central France, the city today prospers as an economic centre and UNESCO Learning City. Tourism in Clermont-Ferrand revolves around the dramatic beauty of its cobblestoned historic centre, its status as the birthplace of global tyre company Michelin, and the annual Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. For outdoors enthusiasts, the city is also a natural gateway to the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park nearby, an awe-inspiring landscape of thickly forested domes and collapsed craters. Whether you plan on visiting with family, on a cultural break or with work, we offer a variety of accommodation in Clermont-Ferrand to suit your needs.
Clermont-Ferrand's Historic Landmarks
With its picturesque magnolia trees and jet fountains offering endless delight for children in summer,Place de Jaude is an excellent place to start a tour when you first arrive in Clermont-Ferrand. The highlight of this impressive central square is a statue by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the same sculptor who created New York's Statue of Liberty – except this one depicts the Arverni king, Vercingetorix, famous for leading the Gauls in rebellion against the Romans. NearbyCathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption is another of the top things to do in Clermont-Ferrand. Constructed out of black volcanic stone in Gothic style, it stands on the site of the city's ancient Roman forum and features spectacular stained-glass windows – and the cathedral's soaring twin spires are the city's most recognisable landmark. With your appetite whetted for magnificent places of worship, make your way to the 12th-centuryBasilica of Notre-Dame-du-Port. Crafted of honey-coloured sandstone, it has recently emerged from a full refurbishment and is especially renowned for its collection of intricately carved Romanesque capitals – each depicting a different religious scene. Among the most famous is the column showing the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise.
Activities in Clermont-Ferrand
The city also has more than its fair share of unique cultural venues. Top on the list of what to do in Clermont-Ferrand is theMichelin Adventure Museum, which explores the legacy of the iconic brand born here in 1889. Discover rare cars and aeroplanes, vintage posters and models of the Michelin Man, as well as Michelin Guides and maps from the beginning of the 20th century. For a more traditional artistic experience, theMusée d'Art Roger Quilliot is an unmissable attraction housed in a former Ursuline convent. It has more than 1,500 artworks displayed across 6 floors, and offers a comprehensive insight into painting, sculpture and decorative arts from the Middle Ages onwards. FRAC Auvergne is a must for contemporary art lovers, opening its collection to the public free of charge, every afternoon from Tuesday to Sunday, with guided tours offered at select times at the weekend.Clermont Auvergne Opéra is your go-to for theatre in Clermont-Ferrand, with an impressive calendar filled by operas, plays and classical concerts, while the annualClermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival brings further cultural cachet to the city as the second-largest film festival in France after Cannes. Other festivals dedicated to film, theatre, art and music take place throughout the year in Clermont-Ferrand.
Outdoors around Clermont-Ferrand
When you need a break from the city's cultural offerings, turn to its green spaces instead.Parc Montjuzet is Clermont-Ferrand's largest park, with children's playgrounds and delectable food trucks interspersed throughout its rolling lawns and woodland. It's the ideal summer picnic spot, and one of the best places in the city for panoramic views of the cathedral and skyline. Alternatively,Jardin Lecoq is an English-style garden in the city centre, with beautiful formal flower beds – including one that recreates the Clermont-Ferrand coat of arms. It's a lovely spot to linger a while, feed the swans and admire the park's sculpture collection. If you have the time to venture beyond the city limits, the breathtaking Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park awaits.At Vulcania, a volcano-themed amusement park, kids and adults alike can learn all about the region's tectonic activity through a slew of fun-filled activities. Interactive science experiments, animatronic exhibits, 5D films and a series of flight simulators are just some of the attractions at this venue carved out of a 30,000-year-old lava flow. Want to experience the Auvergne's highest volcano at close quarters? You can hike or ride the panoramic train to the top of Puy-de-Dôme, a dormant peak and UNESCO-listed tectonic hotspot. Professional-level thrill seekers can also join in the annualGrands Trails de Clermont-Ferrand, a series of long-distance running races held over two days in the Puy-de-Dôme region.
Sampling Auvergne Cuisine
As one might expect from a location so synonymous with the Michelin brand, the city boasts no fewer than 20 Michelin Guide restaurants, including some with multiple stars. Fine dining aside, restaurant choices are diverse – from quaint bistros in the historic town centre to chic bars on the rooftops of Clermont-Ferrand. Wherever you choose to eat, be sure to sample the traditional cuisine of Auvergne. The region is known for its rich agricultural produce, with specialities including artisan cheeses such as Saint-Nectaire and Bleu d'Auvergne, as well as Puy lentils and Charolais beef. Pork and cabbage are also local staples, as featured in the classic hotpot known aspotée d'Auvergne. Other must-try dishes include aligot (mashed potato blended with melted cheese, created for pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela by local monks) andtripoux(sheep tripe stuffed with sweetbreads and vegetables). All of these are perfectly accompanied by a glass or two of fine Côtes d'Auvergne wine produced from grapes grown in mineral-rich volcanic soils.
Best Hotels in Clermont-Ferrand, France
We offer a variety of hotels in the Clermont-Ferrand area. From affordable brands to family-friendly accommodation, our portfolio includes a solution for every kind of traveller. Hotels in Clermont-Ferrand's medieval centre put you within walking distance of the city's top attractions. Coworking in Clermont-Ferrand? Make the most of hotels with on-site meeting rooms, business centres and high-speed WiFi. For an immersion in the spectacular countryside of Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park, choose a luxury hotel near Clermont-Ferrand complete with a spa, swimming pool and easy access to the region's most beautiful chateaux.
Getting to Clermont-Ferrand
With good road links to destinations across France, many visitors choose to drive to the capital of the Puy-de-Dôme department. As such, some of our city-centre hotels in Clermont-Ferrand provide secure parking for your convenience. Otherwise, Gare Clermont-Ferrand offers train services to Paris, Lyon and many more regional destinations – our best train station hotels are located almost next door. Looking for a Clermont-Ferrand airport hotel? We offer options with free airport shuttles and easy access to Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport. From there, you can connect to the rest of the world via Paris's international airports.