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15 Best Things to Do in Clermont-Ferrand (France)

Auvergne’s capital is dominated by volcanic peaks to the north, west and south, in a setting that will give you goosebumps.

If you come by car the first landmark you’ll spot below is the cathedral, made with jet black igneous rock and like no other church in the country.

Clermont-Ferrand is crammed with engaging history, and is a young and convivial university city, with a pedigree for learning that goes back to Blaise Pascal.

The city is also the home of Michelin, which is famed for a lot more than just tyres, as you’ll discover at the L’Aventure Michelin a new museum showing how an iconic French brand came to be.

Lets explore the best things to do in Clermont-Ferrand :

1. Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Port

Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Port

The most revered of the romanesque churches of Auvergne, this basilica was first founded in the 6th century but rebuilt some 500 years later.

Don’t go in without seeing the geometric mosaics on the exterior walls of the apse and radiating chapels, made with sandstone and volcanic rock.

You may need some form of interpretation but it’s well worth going slow and observing the capitals between the chancel and ambulatory, as each one is full of symbolism and tells its own story.

These carvings are the best-preserved romanesque art in the region and show bible episodes like the assumption and Adam and Eve being expelled from paradise, as well as medieval allegorical images.

2. Puy-de-Dôme

Puy-de-Dôme

Soaring just a few kilometres west of Clermont-Ferrand, there’s no excuse not to add this titanic 1,465-metre volcano to your plans.

The good news is that you don’t need to be an outdoor adventurer to get the best out of the Puy-de-Dôme: Road traffic is prohibited but there’s an electric rack railway serving the summit at all times of the year and will get you there in just 20 minutes, with departures ever 40 minutes off season and 20 minutes in summer.

On the grassy peak you’ve got the choice of being dazzled by the views, getting a table at the restaurant or discovering the ruins of the Roman Temple of Mercury, which itself is on a Roman road still used as a route by hikers.

3. L’Aventure Michelin

L'Aventure Michelin

This fabulous museum about the origins, present and future of Michelin will also tell you much about modern Clermont-Ferrand.

That’s because Michelin is the biggest single employer in the city and developed whole districts for its workers.

You’ll see how Bibendum (Michelin Man) came to be, and will be guided through all of the innovations the company has introduced, like the first removable tyre and the famous guides.

Although mostly dealing with technology and transport the museum is far from dry and technical, with lots of interactive displays and reels of archive video.

4. Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral

Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral

There’s no missing Clermont-Ferrand’s cathedral, not least because its black lava stone allows you to identify it easily from steep slopes outside the city.

It was built in the 13th century and was influenced by the gothic cathedrals of northern France, though wouldn’t be completed for many hundreds of years.

In the 19th-century the master restorer Viollet-Le-Duc laid out plans for the final touches, including the western spires, which rise to 108 metres.

There are lots of flourishes that are from the medieval era though, like the 13th-century red and blue stained glass windows and marvellous frescos in the crypt, sacristy and ambulatory from between the 12th and 15th centuries.

5. Old Montferrand

Old Montferrand

Clermont-Ferrand, being composed of two medieval cities, actually has two old quarters.

Montferrand is a couple of kilometres northeast of the cathedral and is best discovered under your own steam, when you’ll see churches, arcades, an old apothecary, merchants’ mansions made from Volvic lava and lots of timber-framed houses from medieval era onwards.

Make sure you pass the romanesque Maison de l’Elephant, from the 13th century on Rue Kléber.

Montferrand was a purpose-built bastide town constructed in the 12th century and was hostile towards its neighbour Clermont until they were forced to merge in the 17th century.

It wasn’t always a happy marriage either, as Montferrand has petitioned for independence four times, the last as recently as 1911!

6. Old Clermont

Place de la Victoire

In the streets around the cathedral you have to keep your eyes open  because there are all sorts of cool buildings and historical surprises.

One is on Rue des Chaussetiers: Hôtel Savaron is a 16th-century renaissance mansion with a courtyard that has a beautiful carving of the Savoron crest in the lintel above the entrance and three storeys of covered passage each with cross-vaulting.

Place de la Victoire next to the cathedral is a spot with cafes and restaurants, where friends meet up in the evenings.

The Christmas market sets up here every December, and there’s a statue of Pope Urban II who launched the First Crusade from Clermont in 1095.

7. Musée d’Art Roger-Quilliot (MARQ)

Musée d'Art Roger-Quilliot

Partly located in the former Ursuline Convent in Montferrand, the fine arts museum for the city is named for a former mayor.

The museum opened in 1992, with a modern atrium three storeys high, lit by a glass roof.

In the medieval rooms there’s a lot of compelling artefacts like a romanesque wooden sculpture of the Virgin and Jesus “Notre Dame d’Usson” and capitals from churches in the region.

In the renaissance area there’s furniture, sculpture and a retable by the early Dutch painter Cornelis Engebrechtsz.

then in the Grande Galerie you’ll be struck by the richness of 19th-century French art, with contributions by Delacroix, Gustave Doré and Camille Claudel.

8. Place de Jaude

Place de Jaude

Clermont-Ferrand’s main square was completely revitalised ten years ago at great expense, around the time the city introduced its new tram system.

Place de Jaude is almost completely car-free and is ringed with fountains, laurel, tulip and American sweet gum trees, and as you’d hope there are many places to take the weight off and order a coffee.

Get a photo of the bronze equestrian statue of the Gaulish leader Vercingetorix which was shaped by Bartholdi, who made the Statue of Liberty.

Also check out the northern part of the square, which is made of basalt and has 250 red and yellow diodes denoting the movement of lava.

9. Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle Henri-Lecoq

Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle Henri-Lecoq

You may not have heard of the French botanist Henri-Lecoq, but he was referenced by Darwin in “On the Origin of Species”, and during his life acquired a collection of 80,000 specimens from around the world that contained all groups of molluscs.

Lecoq worked in Clermont-Ferrand, where he was dean of the city’s Faculty of Sciences.

The natural history museum is in his mansion and now has hundreds of thousands of minerals, insects, fossils and plant specimens.

Those molluscs are still here, but if you’re impressed by the volcanic activity in Auvergne there’s an array of igneous rocks that might pique your interest.

10. Jardin Lecoq

Jardin Lecoq

Also in homage to Henri Lecoq is this soothing public garden plotted in the English style, so with sinuous paths, shrubs and rolling lawns.

It’s a botanical garden too, with 25,000 varieties of season plants putting on a spectacle of colour and scent in spring and summer.

There are also 300 different trees, and the whole environment is kept ship shape by a busy team of gardeners.

The pond has a bridge traversing it and a pavilion with a cafe, while those with younger children could bring them to the playground should they need something fun after trailing around the city.

11. Parc de Montjuzet

Parc de Montjuzet

On a rise a short way northwest of the centre is another welcoming park, this one a little larger, covering 20 hectares.

There’s a fragrant Mediterranean garden here with lavender, rosemary, olive trees, cypresses and pines, and playgrounds for little ones.

But the reason to make the trip is for the panorama, which is as good as it gets.

You can come for a picnic and have the whole of Clermont-Ferrand as your backdrop, while Puy-de-Dôme and the other volcanic domes an plateaux imbue the scene with real drama.

12. Fontaine d’Amboise

Fontaine d'Amboise

A short jaunt from the city hall on Place de la Poterne is a historic fountain that is well worth a few minutes of your attention.

First the Fontaine d’Amboise was crafted between 1511 and 1515, which already makes it significant, but what’s also intriguing is that it’s transitional.

The supporting buttresses and traceries are clearly gothic, but the sculptures are definitely renaissance.

The crowning sculpture is a wild man carrying the coat of arms of Jacques d’Amboise, the Bishop of Clermont who commissioned the work.

He wields a club and is partially dressed in a fleece.

Just like the cathedral the fountain is made from Volvic lava.

Puy de Pariou

In a city at the foot of volcanoes you can’t be blamed for wanting to strike out onto the slopes around the city for spectacular views.

Along “Les Côtes” to the north of Clermont-Ferrand there are more than 40 kilometres of trails, all on the natural bowl that surrounds the city, so you’ll never be far from home.

The Puy-de-Dôme is of course conquerable on foot if you have a few hours, while the Puy de Pariou is also marvellous and is part of the walk.

This extinct volcano has a pleasingly rounded crater and is lush with vegetation.

14. Mozac Abbey

Mozac Abbey

If you haven’t had your fill of romanesque sculpture, the little town of Mozac is close enough to Clermont-Ferrand to practically be a suburb.

Mozac Abbey was a romanesque abbey that was destroyed by earthquakes in the 15th century and rebuilt in the gothic style with that black Volvic stone.

Thirty incredible sculpted capitals survived the damage and were later rediscovered to be put on display at the lapidary museum in the adjoining building.

These are from the 1100s, while there are 47 more in the abbey on the side of the church.

Truffade

There isn’t much delicate about the cuisine in the Auvergne, which is simple and helps to combat the harsh winters.

This definitely goes for Truffade, which can best be described as a kind of loose pancake fried with thinly sliced potatoes and tomme fraiche cheese.

It’s gooey, unctuous and hits the spot when the snow is falling outside.

If you order it in a restaurant pair it with the regional reds, Gaillac or Cahors.

And if you’re into cheese then the Auvergne region will be a big playground, where national faves like Cantal, Salers, Bleu d’Auvergne and Saint-Nectaire are made.

Stock up at the Marché Saint-Pierre in Clermont-Ferrand or get going on the Auvergne Cheese Trail to visit the dairies in person.

15 Best Things to Do in Clermont-Ferrand (France):

  • Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Port
  • Puy-de-Dôme
  • L'Aventure Michelin
  • Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral
  • Old Montferrand
  • Old Clermont
  • Musée d'Art Roger-Quilliot (MARQ)
  • Place de Jaude
  • Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle Henri-Lecoq
  • Jardin Lecoq
  • Parc de Montjuzet
  • Fontaine d'Amboise
  • Mozac Abbey

Clermont-Ferrand

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the puy-de-dôme.

Clermont-Ferrand - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Puy-de-Dôme

Clermont-Ferrand enjoys an ideal location between the Limagne plain and the Chaîne des Puys mountain range. The capital of the Auvergne region and the birthplace of the famous French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal, it boasts a rich heritage of numerous fine mansions, like the Hôtel de Fontfreyde, Hôtel Savaron and Hôtel de Chazerat, and beautiful religious buildings in the old town, including the Gothic Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption cathedral which is made of black lava stone from Volvic and has preserved superb original stained-glass windows, and the Romanesque Notre-Dame-du-Port basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing a striking choir decorated with carved capitals and a crypt with a Black Virgin that attracts a large number of pilgrims each year.

Strolling around Clermont's old quarter, visitors will also see Rue Pascal street, which is lined with elegant houses, the picturesque Rue des Gras and Rue des Chaussetiers streets, and pretty lava stone fountains like the fantastic Renaissance Fontaine d'Amboise.

A must-see is the immense Place de Jaude square with an equestrian statue of Vercingétorix by sculptor Bartholdi in its centre – it's the liveliest square in Clermont-Ferrand and the heart of the city's shopping district.

The Bargoin archaeology museum located near the pleasant Jardin Lecoq gardens houses prehistoric and Gallo-Roman collections of objects unearthed during excavations in the region, including a striking group of 1st-century wooden votive offerings found in a shrine at the mineral springs known as the Source des Roches (rock spring) in Chamalières .

Events not to be missed: the famous international short film festival , which takes places each year at the beginning of February, and the Montferrand medieval festivals every June.

Additional information Clermont-Ferrand

In an exceptional environment, at the foot of the Puy de Dôme , Grand Site de France, and a stone's throw from the largest French natural park, the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Natural Park, and Vulcania , European Volcanism Park, Clermont-Ferrand constitutes the privileged stage. Its location is strategic: in the heart of France and at the crossroads of European axes, between countries of the North and those of the South.

Things to see and do

  • The majestic Gothic Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption cathedral soars skyward. It crowns the hillock in the historic center of Clermont. The deep anthracite of the lava rock gives it its singularity. Climbing the Bayette tower (currently closed) reveals a splendid view of the city.
  • Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle in France, the Notre-Dame-du-Port basilica transports the visitor to the enchantments of Romanesque art. This high place of architecture and sculpture conceals authentic masterpieces. Its total restoration is a rebirth.
  • Discover the city's four museums: the Roger-Quilliot art museum, the Bargoin museum, the Henri-Lecoq museum and the Michelin Adventure.
  • Visit of the Michelin Adventure: tourist and cultural site which offers both a chronological and thematic exhibition, dedicated to the past, present and future of the Michelin group.
  • One hundred and fifty hectares of green spaces, parks, gardens and squares are maintained by the Management and Maintenance department and the Plant Techniques department of the City: the Lecoq garden, the botanical garden of the Charme, the Creux de l'Enfer park, the Montjuzet park.
  • To discover historic centers from all angles and in complete freedom, leaflets are available at the Metropolitan Tourist Office. Follow the medals of the routes:
  • De Montferrand: It fits along the remarkable bastide plan of the city. It illustrates the major stages in the history of Montferrand, from the original 12th century castle to the factories and workers' towns of the 20th century. Romanesque houses, mansions of members of the 13th century count's court, half-timbered houses, 15th and 16th century stalls and Gothic and Renaissance hotels with rich sculpted decor are to be discovered during this walk. The Roger-Quilliot Art Museum is the highlight of the visit: collections of works from the High Middle Ages to the present day.
  • Du Port: A stroll through the district of antique dealers, old booksellers and art galleries. A prestigious circuit thanks to the richness of the heritage encountered: Gothic cathedral, mansions, sculpted fountains, jewels of Romanesque art including Notre-Dame-du-Port, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the Chemins de Saint-Jacques -de-Compostelle in France, is the most remarkable example.
  • Saint-Genès: This is the most eclectic circuit. From the narrow streets of the Middle Ages, it will lead you to the boulevards of the 18th and 19th centuries; from the Bargoin museum and the Henri-Lecoq museum, it will take you to the Lecoq garden. From the former École des Beaux-Arts to the Hôtel du Département through the transformation of the former Hôtel-Dieu into a new district in the heart of the city center, he will guide you in the direction of the universities.
  • Saint-Pierre: An atmosphere that is both medieval and contemporary for this circuit with two faces. It operates in the commercial heart of the city, in the bustling market, shops and terraces, at the crossroads of pedestrian streets that open onto squares: Jaude, Saint-Pierre, Gaillard, where the heritage of yesterday and today's heritage.

Places of interest

Events and festivities.

  • January / February:
  • International Short Film Festival .
  • Festival Videoforms.
  • Culture in all directions.
  • Festival of the circle of cinema friends.
  • Clermont Geek Convention.
  • Festival Puy-de-Mômes.
  • European Day of Crafts.
  • European Night of Museums.
  • Fête de la Nature.
  • The Arts on a tour.
  • Medieval festivals of Dauphin d' Auvergne .
  • Meet at the Gardens.
  • Fête de la Musique.
  • Sable Show.
  • Forum des Sports / Forum des Associations (alternating each year).
  • Clermont-Cournon International Fair.
  • European Heritage Days.
  • Top of breeding.
  • Festival les Trans'urbaines.
  • Clermont celebrates its students.
  • Jazz at the head.
  • Clermont in pink.
  • Nicéphore, international photography festival.
  • Rendezvous in the Travel Book.
  • Festival of disproportionate music.
  • Salon du Tatouage at the end of November.
  • Christmas market.

Detailed information

Place de Jaude

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

  • Go exploring! Discover a unique theme park located in the heart of the Auvergne Volcanoes. With family, friends or a group, explore Vulcania in the fascinating world of volcanoes to unravel and understand the mysteries of the Earth. Are you ready to face the power of volcanoes and the forces of nature, to marvel at the beauties of our planet, to share the Vulcania adventure? Rides, dynamic platforms, 5D films, high-tech technologies and animations specially concocted by the park teams accompany your exploration and make you vibrate to the rhythm of the Earth.
  • Tel. : +33 4 73 19 70 00.
  • Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
  • Lemptégy Volcano:
  • The Lemptégy Volcano, a life-size open book! At the heart of the Chaîne des Puys, the Lemptégy volcano offers the discovery of the interior of a 100% natural volcano. 3-hour visit in several stages: dynamic experiential attraction "the Volcan' Express"; dynamic film “At the Origins”; discovery on foot or by train of the interior of the volcano in order to understand how it works; industrial past of the volcano: walk around the old extraction machines (trommel, crusher, screen, etc.); fun attraction “La Mine Explosive”: experience the power of natural phenomena, strong emotions guaranteed!
  • Tel. : +33 4 73 62 23 25.
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Volvic information space:
  • Make your own program to know everything about water Volvic natural mineral. From the secrets of its birth to the need to hydrate well throughout the day, including Volvic's commitments to sustainable development, learn everything about this Auvergne brand. Exhibitions, cinema and tasting rooms, nature walks are all activities to learn everything about this unique water. Free visit.
  • Tel. : +33 4 73 64 51 24.
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Volvic stone cave:
  • An original scenography combining emotion and discovery. Walk around this old Volvic stone extraction gallery and immerse yourself for 1 hour in the world of quarrymen at the beginning of the 20th century. Volvicois heritage is revealed through the four thematic areas: operation of a quarry, uses of stone, discovery of water... Visit duration approximately 1 hour.
  • Tel. : +33 4 73 33 56 92.
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Archaeological Museum of the Battle of Gergovie:
  • This museum is the scene of a victory history of Vercingetorix against Caesar. Immerse yourself in the Gallic world and uncover the archaeological secrets of the Arverni people!
  • It is located on the emblematic Gergovie plateau , a true belvedere over Auvergne. About ten kilometers south of Clermont-Ferrand, in the town of La Roche-Blanche , the Gergovie site takes the form of a vast plateau of 96 hectares. Result of an inversion of relief from a flow coming from the Puys chain, this natural belvedere with a height of 744 m dominates the Clermont town and the surrounding plains. In the 1st century BC, the Gergovie plateau was a vast oppidum, a stronghold which brought together habitat, defensive, political, economic and religious functions. For more than 2000 years, the only defeat of Julius Caesar during the Gallic Wars ensured his fame.
  • Tel. : +33 4 73 60 16 93.
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Departmental ceramics museum:
  • Land of artists or peasants, merchants or travelers the land of Puy-de-Dôme has always united men. Earth, this noble material, has never ceased to reveal secrets of creativity. It is this thousand-year-old story, between pleasure, culture and emotion that the Departmental Ceramics Museum delivers. Installed in a former 19th century pottery factory, the Bompard factory, the museum presents collections, hundreds of objects over 1200 m², from the archaeological site of Lezoux , temporary exhibitions, workshops for children, guided tours and several tourist discovery activities...
  • Tel. : +33 4 73 73 42 42.
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Auvergne Volcanoes PNR:
  • The Volcanoes Park, located in the heart of the Auvergne is made up of remarkable landscapes, fauna and flora. But it also owes its strong identity to an entire rural society which has managed to preserve its know-how and its culture. The territory of the Parc des Volcans has 4 national nature reserves: the Chaudefour Valley Reserve, the Sagnes de la Godivelle Reserve, the Rocher de la Jacquette Reserve and the Chastreix Sancy Reserve. Across valleys, on high plateaus or ridges, along rivers or lakes, in forests or across fields, the park offers all nature enthusiasts incomparable routes on marked trails (GR, PR).
  • Tel. : +33 4 73 65 64 26.
  • Email: [email protected]
  • PNR Livradois-Forez:
  • Located at the gates of Lyon, not far from Vichy and Clermont-Ferrand, the Livradois -Forez is in Auvergne one of the largest regional natural parks in France. The beauty of the landscapes, the diversity of natural environments, tiered according to altitude, are among the greatest riches of the Livradois-Forez Park. We cannot advise you enough to come and explore them at your leisure thanks to the thousands of kilometers of trails that crisscross Livradois-Forez. It opens onto the infinity of landscapes and the preserved nature of Hautes-Chaumes, peat bogs, fir and beech forests.
  • Tel. : +33 4 73 95 57 57.
  • Auvergne animal park:
  • In an exceptional natural setting, the Auvergne animal park offers you an incredible immersion in the middle of 450 hectares over 25 hectares animals: giraffes, lions, tigers, wolves, monkeys, bears, wolverines, takins, Himalayan red pandas... The Auvergne animal park has joined the prestigious EAZA (European Association of Zoos).
  • Tel. : +33 4 73 71 82 86.
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Panoramique des Dômes:
  • Thanks to the Panoramique des Dômes, an electric rack and pinion train, treat yourself to a trip to the highest point of the Chaîne des Puys, the Puy de Dôme , and come and admire a landscape with constantly changing colors and lights. This grandiose natural site, labeled Grand Site de France®, has been developed with major concerns for preservation. At the top, you can enjoy an exceptional 360° view of the Puy-de-Dôme department but also overlook the Chaîne des Puys, France's official candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status.
  • At the heart of the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Natural Park, the Puy de Dôme welcomes you all year round and offers you multiple activities for young and old: interpretation spaces, temple of Mercury, walks at the summit, landscape reading table.
  • Tel. : 0 826 399 615 (0.18 €/min).
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Photo exhibition on Auvergne in Ceyrat in October.

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The city of Clermont-Ferrand hasa lively temperament, as it is the capital of short films, rock music, andrugby. The exuberant French city has an exceptional location surrounded by enormous volcanoes. The town is justa short distance from Puy de Dome, which is a large lava dome that shades theother volcanoes that compose the Puys range. What makes this famous city unique among others arethe volcanic rocks that are used to construct impressive monuments. This is thereason why visitors keep on visiting the city. Adding up, the town is theAuvergne’s capital.

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 stones. 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

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.

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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  • 1.2 History
  • 1.3 Contemporary city
  • 2.1 By train
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  • 3.1 By public transport
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  • 6.2 Mid-range
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Clermont-Ferrand is a city in central France , the capital of the Auvergne region. Population 140,000.

Clermont-Ferrand is famous for the chain of extinct volcanoes that ring the city, including the highest, Puy-de-Dôme , some 13 km away from the city centre.

One of the oldest cities of France, its first mention was by the Greek geographer Strabo, who called it Nemessos , a Gaulish word for a sacred forest. The settlement witnessed the famous Battle of Gergovia, in which the Gauls led by Vercingetorix triumphed temporarily over the Romans led ultimately by Julius Caesar. After the Roman conquest, the city was renamed Augustonemetum , a name which combined its original Gallic name with that of the Emperor Augustus. Its population was estimated at 15,000–30,000 inhabitants in the 2nd century CE, making it one of the largest cities of Roman Gaul.

In 848, the city was renamed Clairmont, after the castle Clarus Mons . Clairmont was an episcopal city ruled by its bishop, and famously the starting point of the First Crusade raised to free Jerusalem from Muslim domination. Pope Urban II preached Crusade in 1095 at the Council of Clermont. In 1120, to counteract the power of the clergy, the counts of Auvergne founded the city of Montferrand on the model of the new cities of the Midi. In 1551, Clermont became a royal city, and in 1610, the inseparable property of the Crown.

On 15 April 1630, the Edict of Troyes (the First Edict of Union) forcibly joined the two cities of Clermont and Montferrand. This union was confirmed in 1731 by Louis XV with the Second Edict of Union. At this time Montferrand was no more than a satellite city of Clermont, in which condition it remained until the beginning of the 20th century. Wishing to retain its independence, Montferrand made three demands for independence, in 1789, 1848, and 1863.

Contemporary city

In the 20th century, the construction of the Michelin factories and city gardens definitively reunited Clermont and Montferrand. Today, although the two cities are amalgamated, one may find in Clermont-Ferrand two distinct downtowns, and Montferrand retains a strong identity.

Clermont-Ferrand remains home to the famous French tire manufacturing company Michelin.

The best way to travel around France is by train, and Clermont-Ferrand's train station is located just on the eastern edge of centre ville on l'Avenue de l'Union Sovietique. Trains leave every couple of hours to and from Paris throughout the day 05:00 - 20:00. The ride takes 3½ hours, and makes 4 stops along the way.

Clermont-Ferrand also has a bus station. The Gare Routiere is located at in the parking lot across from the Casino supermarket where Boulevard François Mitterrand splits into Boulevard Pasteur and Boulevard Charles de Gaulle, two main blocks south of Place de Jaude. Since France doesn't have a national bus line, all routes arriving and departing from the bus terminal are international.

Clermont-Ferrand is also at the intersection of the A71 from Orléans and the North, the A75 from the South and Béziers , and the east-west A89 from Bordeaux to Lyon . With the exception of the Millau viaduct, about 225 km south of Clermont-Ferrand, which charges a toll, the A75 is free, unlike the A71 and A89 which charge tolls.

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By public transport

A one-way ticket costs €1.60 and is good for an hour. You can also buy 10 tickets for €15.00. Tickets are good on the tram or any of the bus lines, and do not expire.

Clermont has an intra-urban tramway providing access to key points in the city. Also you can get around by car, scooter, motorcycle or moped.

This tram, known as the A, starts north in Champratel and travels south through centreville , Les Cezeaux campus before ending at La Pardieu Gare.

Clermont-Ferrand also has an extensive bus network connecting the downtown to the outlying suburbs. The stations and stops are frequent and the map is not confusing. The buses are limited on Saturdays and Sundays.

Like most European cities, Clermont-Ferrand is very walkable. Any destination or need is within a 30 minute walk. Use your legs to explore the hills and alleys and the neighborhood shops they contain.

You can find some public Wifi spots around: in the Jardin Lecoq, or on the Place de Jaude for example. Here is a directory .

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  • The Puy-de-Dôme , the dormant volcano overlooking the city. This is accessible by a bus (#40 stopping at, e.g., Jaude and train station), which runs in the summer and is not listed in the timetables. It goes to Panoramic de Dome, from where one can hike or take a train (~15 € return) to the summit. At the top, visitors can parasail, go hiking, or visit the cafe.
  • La Fontaine d'Amboise , which was built in 1515.
  • Notre-Dame-du-Port is a Romanesque basilica constructed in the 11th and 12th century out of yellow sandstone. It's known for its detailed capitals, which are at the top of the pillars inside.
  • Parc Montjuzet . This park over the town offers a great view for visitors who can't make it to the top of the Puy-de-Dome. Located on the North end of town, it's a five minute hike up offering fantastic views of the valley and the surrounding bluffs and plateaus which encircle Clermont-Ferrand.
  • Le Musee Roger-Quilliot is an excellent art museum housing works of art from all periods of time but especially paintings and artifacts pertaining to the local region of Auvergne. Like all museums in France, it is free the first Sunday of every month.
  • Michelin Tire Corporation is headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand. The main factory and the testing race track are also located in town. A museum about the story of the brand (€11-€7-free for children) is located next to Marcel Michelin's Stadium (1 km northeast of the centre)
  • Take a walk in the old streets around the cathedral in the old town area. You will find a lot of cute stores (antiques, clothes) good restaurants, and little parks to sit down and rest.
  • Have a picnic or take a nap in Jardin Lecoq. The immense park in the center of town is open year round. A cafe and a merry-go-round are at its center, with paths, hills, trees, and flower gardens all around. Eat a baguette, kick a football, or catch some rays while enjoying this urban oasis.
  • Hike le Puy-De-Dome
  • Hike "Les Cotes" and enjoy the beautiful view of the city. Access it from Rue Valentin Vigneron at the north of the city.
  • Take a ride around (hiking, biking) to see the lakes, volcanos, little roads and villages surrounding the area.
  • Football: Clermont Foot (aka "Les Lanciers") were relegated in 2024 and now play soccer in Ligue 2, the second tier. Their home ground is Stade Gabriel Montpied (capacity 12,000) in Croix-de-Neyrat 5 km north of city centre.
  • Rugby: ASM Clermont Auvergne play in Top 14, the top tier, at Stade Marcel Michelin (capacity 19,000) 1 km northeast of the centre.
  • Watch a baseball game.
  • Go to one of the various festivals: short film festival , jazz en tête .
  • Have an Afterwork at the Coopérative de Mai [dead link] .

All these are in the city centre :

  • 45.777817 3.085462 1 Brasserie Le Derrière , 12 Pl. de la Victoire . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 45.779544 3.085971 2 Le Bistro de la Mairie , 11 Rue Philippe Marcombes . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 45.777112 3.077936 3 Brasserie La Régence , 74 Rue Lamartine . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 45.777194 3.086345 4 Crêperie Le Menhir , 2 Rue de la Treille . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 45.773847 3.079919 5 Zorzi , 38 Bis Rue Bonnabaud . French cuisine ( updated Oct 2022 )
  • 45.779521 3.085013 6 La Grange Africaine , 4 Pl. Marché aux Poissons . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 45.78038 3.080956 7 L'Etoile de Fès , 10 Rue Sainte-Rose . Moroccan ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 45.778424 3.083184 8 Le Kitchen , 29 Rue des Chaussetiers . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 45.773864 3.082706 9 Restaurant Divin , 37 Rue Gonod . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 45.778211 3.081066 10 La Gourmandine , 8 Rue des Minimes . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 45.777885 3.081131 11 Le Bistrot d'à Côté , 16 Rue des Minimes . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 45.777769 3.083894 12 Le Boeuf Café , 15 Rue des Petits Gras . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 45.781046 3.088013 13 L'Ostal , 16 Rue Claussmann . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 45.781009 3.082138 14 L'Alambic , 6 Rue Sainte-Claire . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • 45.780877 3.078279 15 Amphitryon Capucine , 50 Rue Fontgieve . ( updated Feb 2023 )
  • Le Café Pascal . This café next to the cathedral has an international feel. It is lively at night.  
  • L'Appart , 6, place Sugny . This bar has an apartment theme and guests can choose to sit in the bedroom, living room, or bathroom.  
  • The Still Irish Pub , 7, Bd Leon Malfreyt . International students, particularly anglophones, like to congregate here.  
  • Les Frères Berthoms . This bar is next to the court hall, this is the best place to enjoy good beer on a sunny terrace!  
  • Le Rimbaud ( bar, restaurant, snack, ice cream ), Place Louis Aragon ( near the Jaude commercial center ), ☏ +33 4 73 34 21 39 . Concerts. Happy hours. Beers, cider and other specialities from Brittany .  
  • Envie . Lunch Only . Great salad/pasta bar. Very friendly owners. Very good bargain. Try the homemade yogurt, it's to die for! Cheap .  
  • The Corum St Jean ( Hostel ), 17, Rue Gaultier de Biauzat , ☏ +33 4 73 31 57 00 .  
  • You can find Couchsurfers in this area

As of June 2022, the city has 5G from all French carriers.

See the get in section.

The airport links you to some of the big European cities, like Amsterdam , Brussels or Madrid .

Apart from the Millau Viaduct, the A75 highway is free and links to the south.

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France This Way comment: The Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, in sombre black lava stone, dominates the historic centre of Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont-Ferrand is situated in the Puy-de-Dome department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

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This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Clermont-Ferrand. For detailed visitor information see the Clermont-Ferrand travel guide .

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The basilica of Notre-Dame-du-Port in Clermont-Ferrand is one of the most important romanesque churches in the Auvergne: Clermont-Ferrand basilica

Tourist classifications for Clermont-Ferrand include "secteur sauvegarde" .

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Clermont-Ferrand in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

Popular places to visit nearby include Puy de Dome at 9 km and Mozac at 11 km.

Clermont-Ferrand, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

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Market days in Clermont-Ferrand: weekly market: Wednesday & Tuesday & Saturday;

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  • Chamalieres: market Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday (1km)
  • Aubiere: market Sunday (4km)
  • Cebazat: market Thursday & Sunday (6km)
  • Gerzat: market Sunday (7km)
  • Lempdes: market Tuesday (9km)
  • Cournon-d'Auvergne: market Thursday & Saturday & Friday (10km)
  • Pont-du-Chateau: market Thursday (13km)
  • Riom: market Wednesday & Saturday (13km)
  • Vic-le-Comte: market Thursday (19km)

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What to do at Clermont-Ferrand? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Clermont-Ferrand.

Grand sites of France

  • Puy de Dome (9km)

Heritage sites

  • Clermont-Ferrand église Notre-Dame-du-Port (monuments on French pilgrim routes) (1km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages )

  • Saint-Saturnin (13km)
  • Montpeyroux (20km)
  • Usson (34km)

National Monuments

  • Aulteribe Chateau (32km)
  • Villeneuve-Lembron Chateau (34km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • Issoire (29km)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Livradois-Forez (48km)
  • Volcans d'Auvergne (49km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint Léger (Royat) (3km)
  • Cathédrale Notre Dame de l'Assomption (Clermont-ferrand) (3km)
  • Eglise Notre Dame (Saint-Saturnin) (13km)
  • Abbatial church de Saint Pierre de Mozac (Mozac) (15km)
  • Collégiale Saint-Victor et Sainte-Couronne d'Ennezat (Ennezat) (19km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Orcival) (20km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Saint-Nectaire) (21km)
  • Eglise de Saint Austremoine d'Issoire (Issoire) (29km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame de Mailhat (Lamontgie) (42km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins du château d'Opme (5km)
  • Parc du château de Blanzat (6km)
  • Jardins du château de la Batisse (9km)
  • Jardins de Cordès (21km)
  • Jardins du château d'Hauterive (29km)
  • Parc du domaine royal de Randan (34km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns )

  • Thiers (37km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Lac du Guery (27km)
  • Banne d'Ordanche (30km)
  • Puy de Sancy (35km)
  • Lac Pavin (35km)
  • Forêt des Colettes (45km)
  • Bois Noirs (51km)

Towns of Art and history

  • Mozac (11km)
  • Marsat (11km)
  • Riom (13km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Vichy (47km)

Geography and distances

Clermont-Ferrand is in the southern-centre of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Puy-de-Dome department (general information: Clermont-Ferrand is 347 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Clermont-Ferrand

Canton: Clermont-Ferrand

Arrondissement: Clermont-Ferrand

Department: Puy-de-Dome

Region: Auvergne

New region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 63000

Distance to Clermont-Ferrand

from Clermont-Ferrand (prefecture): 1 km

from Paris: 347 km

from Calais: 582 km

from Nice: 403 km

from Bordeaux: 305 km

from Strasbourg: 471 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Clermont-Ferrand from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner .

We have 15 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Aubiere , Beaumont , Blanzat , Cebazat , Ceyrat , Chamalieres , Chanat-la-Mouteyre , Durtol , Gerzat , Nohanent , Perignat-les-Sarlieve , Puy-de-Dome , Romagnat , Royat and Sayat .

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Notre Dame Cathedral in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Cathédrale Notre Dame

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Musée d'Art Roger Quilliot

Housed in an Ursuline convent 3km northeast of central Clermont, the city’s premier gallery takes design cues from NYC’s Guggenheim, its white spiral…

"Michelin Adventure" facade, a French museum dedicated to the Michelin group located in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

L'Aventure Michelin

Yes, it’s a temple dedicated to the Auvergne’s world-famous tyre brand, but the 'Michelin Adventure' is a crowd-pleasing attraction. Gallery spaces are…

Statue of Vercingetorix at Place de Jaude in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Place de Jaude

Just southwest of the old city, lined with bars and hotels, Clermont-Ferrand's monumental pedestrianised square is overlooked by a statue of heroic Celtic…

Basilique Notre Dame du Port

This architectural gem has all the key elements of a Romanesque church: semi-circular arches, a bulky silhouette and a broad headpiece. But its…

Musée Bargoin

Assembling a motley collection of ancient artefacts and modern design inside a stately 1903 building, the Bargoin is a good primer on Clermont old and new…

Musée d'Histoire Naturelle Henri-Lecoq

Clermont’s natural history museum is a pleasant enough rainy-day diversion. The first floor pays homage to the city’s most famous son, 17th-century…

Musée de la Résistance

In a simple, schoolroom format, this small museum details the chronology of events following 21 June 1940, when Nazi troops marched into Clermont-Ferrand…

Église St-Eutrope

Sprouting from the 5th-century site of one of Clermont-Ferrand's oldest churches is this magnificent 12th-century church, crowned with a prickly Gothic…

This 19th-century obelisk was fashioned from dark volcanic stone from Volvic and festooned with carvings. The monument was raised in honour of Louis…

Statue of Vercingétorix

Since 1903, ancient Gaul's 'warrior king' has assumed a fearsome stance atop a horse in the middle of place de Jaude. The statue was created by Frédéric…

Fontaine d'Amboise

Two blocks north of the cathedral, this early-16th-century fountain has three tiers carved in a delicate Gothic style. It's the focal point of a pretty…

Notre Dame du Port Belvédère

Follow signs from rue Robertus to a staircase leading to head-on views of the extraordinarily detailed stonework on the Notre Dame du Port church.

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clermont ferrand tourist information

What do you know about Clermont-Ferrand? Probably not much. But Clermont-Ferrand is one of the oldest cities in France and is a gem that awaits you. The central city of Auvergne sits roughly in the middle between Paris and the French Riviera, in the heart of France. Surrounded by the massive Massif Central mountain range of extinct volcanoes, historic villages and churches, lakes, and green forests, the little-known region of France has a lot to offer. But let’s start with Clermont-Ferrand, as the city will likely be your first stop when arriving in the area. Wonder what to see: here are our Top Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand.

And if you wonder what’s our take on the city, Bruno grew up living in Clermont-Ferrand – Chamalières. That and the fact we visited his parents there means that we can say that we are somewhat familiar with Clermont-Ferrand and Auvergne! So much so that we certainly can’t fit it all in this post, and we have more articles about Auvergne coming up, but in the meantime, feel free to ask any questions in the Comment section.

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Things to Do in Clermont-Ferrand

From historic buildings to festivals, fantastic food, and hiking opportunities, Clermont-Ferrand offers plenty of things to do for all. Check our list for what to do in Clermont-Ferrand almost all year round. Have you been? Did we miss something? Feel free to let us know in the Comment section.

Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral

Officially called the “Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption,” the tall gothic Cathedral from the 13th-century is Clermont-Ferrand’s most iconic sight as the spires stand at over 312 feet (95 meters) high above most of the city buildings. Made of the local black volcanic rock, the Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral is a must-see!

Click here for more photos and details of the Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral .

Top Auvergne Destinations: Things to Do in Clermont-Ferrand // Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral

L’Aventure Michelin

You most likely own or owned a pair of Michelin tires. Find out more about the brand history at the Michelin Group’s museum , which takes you through an interactive experience.

Top Auvergne Destinations: Things to Do in Clermont-Ferrand // L’Aventure Michelin

Parc de Montjuzet

Head to the hilltop park for great views over Clermont-Ferrand and the Cathedral. Then, go for a stroll along the flower banks, watch the locals jogging or walking their dogs, and kids having fun on the playground. An excellent place to hang out.

Top Auvergne Destinations: Things to Do in Clermont-Ferrand // View de Clermont-Ferrand from the Parc de Montjuzet

View de Clermont-Ferrand from the Parc de Montjuzet

Place de Jaude

The Place de Jaude is the commercial heart of Clermont-Ferrand, with malls, cafes, restaurants, movie theaters, and the Ferry Wheel. The place is by the old part of town and is a great place to start your exploration of the city.

Vercingetorix Statue

Probably the most famous character of Clermont Ferrand, the massive statue commemorates Vercingetorix, Celtic war chief that won a historic battle against Caesar’s Roman Army at Gergovie during the Gallic Wars some 2,000 years ago.

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Vercingetorix Monument Place de Jaude

Musée d’Art Roger-Quilliot

Hosted in a 17th-century convent rebuilt with modern architecture, items from the Middle Ages to today cover paintings, photos, and sculptures.

Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Port

The Romanesque church might be less visited than the Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral but is actually older, as the foundation dates back to the 6th-century even if it took 500 years to be rebuilt. A UNESCO World Heritage site as part of the Camino de Santiago churches, the Basilica is famous for its unusual black Madonna. While this Basilica might not get as much attention as Cathedral, it’s definitely one of the top Clermont-Ferrand things to do.

Top Auvergne Destinations: Things to Do in Clermont-Ferrand // Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Port

Old Montferrand

Walk the old streets, watch for the arched doors already shops in Medieval times, and marvel at the ancient designs. Old Montferrand was a separate town from Clermont, a rival city until the two united as one by royal decree in 1630 under mandate of Troyes under Louis XV.

Top Auvergne Destinations: Things to Do in Clermont-Ferrand // Old Town Shops

Old Town Shops

Place de la Victoire

This place de la Victoire has been the historical heart of Clermont-Ferrand since its Gallo-roman time when the city was called Augustonemetum, which is said to have been built in the first century BE and is considered to be the oldest part of town.

Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle Henri-Lecoq

One of the oldest museums of Clermont-Ferrand, the Henri-Lecoq Museum features an extensive collection of over 50,000 rocks, fossils, and minerals. One of the prized items is La Pascaline, which was invented by Blaise Pascal for calculations.

Jardin Lecoq

Another public garden which is also called “Jardin des Plantes,” featuring seasonal plants.

Fontaine d’Amboise

The 16th-century fountain offers an exciting mix of gothic and Renaissance architecture using the local volcanic Volvic stone.

Events in Clermont-Ferrand

From the International Short Film Festival to the Jazz en Tête  and more, Clermont-Ferrand offers festivals for all.

Rugby Match

Go to the Michelin Stadium to watch a rugby match the locals are fans. The ASM Clermont Auvergne team is considered one of the best in France and won the French Championship in 2010 and 2017.

Clermont Ferrand Christmas Market

The 30-year-old annual event is held on the Place de la Victoire by the Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral from November 29 to December 29. The Marché de Noël features over 60 stands spread across different “villages.” “Le Coin des Lutins” is dedicated to children with a Santa Claus stand. The “Fabrique de Noel” is where you can find handicrafts and homemade food productions. Taste local specialties at the “Burons Gourmands” while listening to live concerts (azz bands, pop rocks, and Gospel performances) on Friday evenings for the perfect night at the Clermont-Ferrand Christmas market.

A Christmas Parade usually starts on the first day of the festivities, crosses from Place Delille through the Place de la Victoire, and ends on the Place de Jaude. There, on Clermont’s most famous square, stand the Christmas Tree and Ferry Wheel.

Click here for more photos and details of the Clermont-Ferrand Christmas market . 

Top Auvergne Destinations: Things to Do in Clermont-Ferrand // Place de Jaude at Christmas

Place de Jaude at Christmas

How to Visit Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont-Ferrand is a highly walkable city, with many of the top sights within a short distance from one another. The city is safe, but pay attention to your surroundings as in any town. Wander by yourself, take your time to walk the narrow streets, and admire the medieval buildings. So if you are happy to explore by yourself, Clermont-Ferrand is a great city for such independent travel.

ClermontPass

The ClermontPass will allow visitors to access several top Clermont-Ferrand attractions at a reduced price. Two options are available depending on the duration of your stay: a 48-hour and a 72-hour pass.

The ClermontPass includes :

  • Ticket to the Panoramique des Dômes that will take you to the top of the Puy de Dôme
  • Entrance to l’Aventure Michelin
  • Access to one of the five metropolitan museums and discount on the others
  • Guided visit of Clermont-Ferrand
  • Guided walk of the Volcan de Lemptégy (in the 72-hour pass only)
  • Transport ticket valid 72 hours (for a small additional fee)
  • Discounted tickets to Vulcania and Royatonic
  • 20% off the entrance to the ASM Experience
  • Discounts at several partner shops and restaurants

The list and discount level might change. Double-check whether the ClermontPass makes sense for you and your trip.

Clermont-Ferrand Guided Tours

However, adding a knowledgeable always brings life to old stones and narrates history through exciting stories. The city of Clermont-Ferrand offers different guided tours throughout the town, many free or for a small fee. A food tour is also provided, which will make you taste some of Auvergne’s finest cuisine and famous cheese.

Day Trips from Clermont-Ferrand

Puy-de-dôme.

The famous dormant volcano is Clermont-Ferrand, another iconic sight overlooking the city from its 1,464 meters and one of the many ancient volcanoes that compose the Auvergne region.

You can reach the top on foot by hiking along one of the two trails, either the former Roman road called the Sentier des Muletiers or the Sentier des Chèvres, or take the small Panoramique des Dômes train that departs from the visitor center. Buy your ticket now.

Once at the top, visit the ancient ruins of a Gallo-Roman Mercury temple, pause for a coffee, or continue hiking to the nearby Puys of the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park ( Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans d’Auvergne ).

One way to enjoy the Puy-de-Dôme is paragliding – check our video below!

A popular volcano theme park, Vulcania is an educational amusement park with a volcano, primarily known for its 4-D film The Awakening of the Auvergne Giants.

Puy de Pariou & Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park

The Puy is another popular destination, presenting a distinct shape created by the overlay of two strombolian cones and a tuff ring. But this Puy (or mountain) is one of the several in the Auvergne Volcanoes Park, making the area perfect for hiking. Within barely 20-30 minutes from Clermont-Ferrand, you can find an incredible landscape of rolling hills away from the big city.

Looking for trail ideas? Check out our post about hiking in Auvergne Volcanoes Park .

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Puy de Dôme in the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park

Plateau de Gergovie

About 6 miles (10 km) south of Clermont-Ferrand, the plateau is named after the village of the same name. The site is known for being the place where Vercingetorix fought and won against Julius Caesar in 52 BC. Today, a tall monument, a new museum, and walking grounds are present.

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Vercingetorix Monument on the Gergovie Plateau

Abbey of Saint-Pierre Mozac

The Mozac Abbey is a Cluniac monastery from the 6th-century in nearby Riom.

Basilique Notre-Dame d’Orcival

Built in the 12th century, the Basilica is one of the five major Roman churches of Auvergne, together with the Notre-Dame-du-Port Basilic in Clermont-Ferrand, the Saint-Austremoine Church in Issoire, the Saint-Nectaire church in the town of the same name, and the Notre-Dame de Saint-Saturnin church. While the village is relatively small, the Basilica is a must-see!

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Inside Orcival Basilica

Château de Murol

The first castle was built in the 12th century on a basalt hilltop in order to watch the different ways passing nearby. A second wave of construction in the 14th century reinforced the initial structure with a keep, another chapel, and new buildings. A visit today will let travelers imagine how life was in the Middle Age, with most of the castle still standing. A light and sound show and medieval appearances in the courtyard provide for lively performances.

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Murol Castle

Auvergne Tour: 3 Days

Rent a car and enjoy a complete Auvergne experience. Combine Clermont-Ferrand with visits to the Chaîne des Puys (Volcanoes Park) and Château de Murol, among other Auvergne destinations.

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Water & Springs of Auvergne

Auvergne is known for its curative waters. Mineral waters include the popular Volvic and lesser-known Rozanna, and mountain springs saw the foundations of spa towns where you treat yourself! Head to cities like Royat-Chamalières ( Princess Flore Hotel ), La Bourboule, Châtel-Guyon ( Hôtel Spa Thermalia ), et Le Mont-Doré ( Grand Hotel ) are amongst the most popular spa and thermal treatments.

Auvergne Food Specialties

Auvergne cheese.

Don’t leave Clermont-Ferrand without tasting some of the famous Auvergne Cheese. Of course, Bleu d’Auvergne (Blue Cheese) might be the better known, but St. Nectaire is the local favorite. Add Salers, Fourme d’Ambert, et Cantal at the minimum. Connaisseurs might want to add a creamy Gaperon.

Auvergne Food

Truffade, Potée Auvergnate, Petit Sale aux Lentilles du Puy, Soupe au chou, and plenty cured meats (Charcuteries Auvergnates) will surely have you come for more! So don’t miss your chance to try Auvergne cuisine during your stay.

Gourmet Cuisine

Clermont-Ferrand is home to several Michelin-starred restaurants.

  • One-star L’Ostal is known for using regional produce
  • One-star Apicius: perfect downtown location at the Saint – Pierre market. However, we can’t say. We were impressed with our dinner. The meal was too modern for our taste, and the mix of texture and taste was not ideal.
  • Two-star Le Pré is a real treat, with delicious meals beautifully prepared. Worth the slight drive from Clermont-Ferrand downtown.

Hotels in Clermont-Ferrand

You can stay either in the city center close to the Place de Jaude and the Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Cathedral, where you will be able to walk the streets of the Old Clermont (Vieux Clermont), admire historical sites, explore shopping centers, restaurants, and bars. If you come in December, you will be a few steps away from the Christmas Market and Ferris Wheels.

Another area worth considering is the “quartier Salins,” one of the wealthy parts of town, which features Sunday flea markets at the Place Gambetta. Les Salins, called locally, are at a short distance from the Old Clermont, allowing you to explore the old town.

Clermont-Ferrand being composed of two old towns, you might want to consider the Vieux Montferrand (Old Montferrand), which dates from the Middle Ages. Packed with museums, restaurants, and bars, the Vieux Montferrand can be reached via the public tram from the Old Clermont. However, the Old Ferrand has a smaller selection than Clermont-Ferrand Old Town.

Two other parts of Clermont-Ferrand to consider are close to the train station and the airport.

Here are some of the top recommendations:

  • Hotel Best Western Clermont-Ferrand. Check their current specials.
  • La Tour Grégoire. Read the recent top reviews.
  • ARTYSTER Clermont-Ferrand. Find their latest deals.
  • Hotel Clermont Estaing. Click here to check availability
  • ACE Hotel Clermont-Ferrand. Check the latest prices.
  • BB Hotel Clermont-Ferrand: Reserve your room now.
  • Hotel Oceania: View their spa treatments
  • Novotel Clermont-Ferrand: Check their spa facilities
  • Hôtel Spa Thermalia: Click for the recent reviews
  • Princess Flore Hotel: Find their latest offers.
  • Grand Hotel Le Mont-Dore: Read the latest fabulous ratings
  • Click here to experience “La Vie de Chateau” (Castle Life) at Château Royal de Saint Saturnin

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February 19, 2020 at 9:35 pm

I like visiting Paris (who doesn’t), but I *LOVE* the chances I’ve had to travel beyond Paris and see la belle France! I haven’t been to the Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral (yet), I think one look at the way the church dominates the skyline and you’d never forget that sight!

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February 20, 2020 at 6:11 am

Paris is Paris, and of course the most beautiful city in the world (from a totally unbiased French person of course!). Which places did you visit outside Paris?

February 20, 2020 at 6:15 am

I lived in Europe for seven years growing up and have been back many times for work and pleasure. I’ve explored Normandy (one of my favorite places), Brittany, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, and Provence. As much as I like Paris, I’d be okay if I never got to visit again if it gave me the chance to explore other parts of France.

March 26, 2020 at 3:43 am

You probably visited more of France than me! Since we left France to live abroad, we usually come back to visit friends and families, and don’t necessarily explore much of our own backyard! Brittany and the Loire Valley are high on our list too 🙂

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February 19, 2020 at 5:46 pm

I’ve never heard of Clermont-Ferrand before by your post has intrigued me and fuelled my wanderlust! I love that there’s a great balance between historical sights and outdoor activities. Hiking the volcano would be top of my bucket list!

March 2, 2020 at 4:48 am

I can totally recommend hiking around Clermont-Ferrand! Plenty of trails are within 30 minutes of town, which makes enjoying the outdoors really easy. If you go, le Puy de Dôme is a must!

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February 19, 2020 at 7:51 am

Thank you for posting this and great photographs. We have only driven around and through Clermont Ferrand before. We will certainly make the effort to stop next time.

April 23, 2020 at 5:09 am

It’s funny how we sometimes strolled through places on the way to others! This past summer, we have done the same, and I wished we would have stopped in many cities and take the time to explore them! Always more trips that we can manage, right?

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January 28, 2020 at 5:38 pm

I actually have heard of this historical city. Several years ago I considered adding it my my itinerary from Paris to south of France. But never made it in the end. Now, every time I get the Auvergne Blue Cheese I think of my previous planning. Love the cathedral, and the tip to look at the rounded entryway/windows in the old town and the history behind it. One day I will get there.

February 12, 2020 at 8:55 am

There’s always so much to see and so little time! Paris is such an iconic place that it tends to over overshadow the other places worth visiting. If you go back over the summer, the Cheese Road, or la Route du Fromage, is a must-do!

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January 15, 2020 at 9:29 pm

I had not heard of Clermont-Ferrand, so add me to the club! But I do now and you had me fully engaged with that amazing cover photo of the moon over the city and the illuminated spires of the Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral. WOW!!! And of course I would have to take in a rugby match while there. That would be amazingly entertaining, even if I could not understand a word being sung or spoken.

February 13, 2020 at 7:09 am

Glad to hear we added new Auvergne fans! No worry about the rugby match – just pick up a few words of the Marseillaise, the French Anthem, and you will be good 🙂

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15 Best Things To Do in Clermont-Ferrand, France

Are you planning to travel to Clermont-Ferrand , France soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Clermont-Ferrand  with suggested tours!

Things To Do in Clermont-Ferrand, France

Clermont-Ferrand is a city in France. It is one of the oldest cities in the said country. It is known for its rich history, culture, and popular volcanoes. And yes, visiting a volcano is possible here! But no need to worry as this volcano is inactive. So if you’re heading out to Clermont-Ferrand, we listed the things that you should do and visit while you’re in this wonderful city.

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15 Things to do and visit in Clermont, France

1. puy-de-dome volcano.

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A hike to this inactive volcano is a must! Witness a stunning view as you reach the summit. There’s a historical museum, cafes, and restaurants at the top if ever you get hungry, but you can also have a picnic with your friends or family if you don’t want to spend money. However, if you’re the type who’s not fond of hiking but still want to see the breathtaking view at the top, there’s a train available that would take you to the summit. Never miss the chance to see what this attraction has for tourists. Visit Puy-de-Dome Volcano!

2. Jardin Lecoq

Tired of the crowd? Exhausted from your trip? This garden is the perfect place for you to rest. With its serene atmosphere, you could never go wrong here. Upon entering the park, you’ll see fountains, and sculptures. You’d definitely enjoy seeing a lot of flowers and plants. Get closer to nature while staying here.

3. Parc Montjuzet

The ideal place for a picnic! By going here, you’ll get the chance to see the perfect view of the city of Clermont-Ferrand and the Puy-de-Dome Volcano. Surrounded by trees, you’ll surely feel comfortable and relaxed. There are also playgrounds available in case you’re traveling with kids. Never miss the chance to go here with your family or friends!

4. Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption

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An easy to sight cathedral located in the center of the city. This famous church is surrounded by restaurants and cafes. Be stunned with its Gothic style architecture. You might as well get surprised by the dull color of this church, but that is because it is made from black volcanic rocks! This church is indeed impressive.

5. Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Port

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A large, stunning Romanesque Basilica. A great place to visit as you will see how magnificent this church is. When you go inside, you would instantly feel the peacefulness that everyone needs. The beauty of its architecture would really capture the eyes of the visitors.

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6. L’Aventure Michelin

An impressive and informative museum. L’Aventure Michelin will help you understand the tire industry. The exhibitions showcase the industrialization of rubber and the history of the said company. Ther explanations are available in French and in English so it is very convenient for tourists who don’t speak French.

7. ASM EXPERIENCE – L’immersion Rugby

A great place for rugby lovers! This museum contains a lot of information regarding the history of rugby and the club which includes the players, and the staff. The museum itself looks modern that both kids and adults would enjoy. It is located just across the street of Michelin museum.

8. Panoramique des Domes

It is an electric rack railway that will take you to the top of the Chaine des Puys. This is the best option we have for people who don’t like hiking but still want to witness the beautiful view at the top of the historical mountain.

9. Place de Jaude

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A convenient place located in the middle of the town. It is large and there are a lot of cafes, restaurants, and shops. You will also see historical buildings around the area, a few moments spent in this place would be beneficial for people who just want to explore the town, or go shopping.

10. Musee Lecoq Natural History Museum

It’s a small educational museum for children. It offers exhibitions about natural history in a fun and exciting way. As this museum is for kids, it is highly recommended for families who are staying in Clermont with their kids. They would really like and appreciate the collections that are inside this museum.

11. Clermont Auvergne Tourisme – Bureau de Royat Chamalieres

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When you visit Clermont, you can go here first to ask for assistance before you start your journey, they can give you maps or advice on your travel. However, please expect that most attractions are only written and explained in French.

12. Chaine des Puys

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A paradise for nature lovers. It’s is a very varied countryside with lakes, valleys and extinct volcanoes. Great for a tour in the car if you’re not into walking or you don’t like too many physical activities.

13. Stade Marcel-Michelin

The Marcel Michelin stadium is a sports ground in Clermont-Ferrand, France. It is the home of the French rugby union club ASM Clermont-Auvergne. If you’re a big fan of rugby, why not consider going here. 

14. Temple de Mercure

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The temple was founded during the 1st century and active until at least the 3rd century. It was a Roman sanctuary in Puy de Dôme, dedicated to Mercury. If you love history, then this place is for you!

15. Puy des Goules

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It is a volcano to visit, the bottom is occupied by sheep. It is a relatively accessible volcano that has a beautiful view of the Puy de Dome and the Puy de Pariou. There is also the cave of Sarcouy where you can make a small detour that is worth it .

These are the possible things you can do in Clermont-Ferrand, France. So if you are ready to have a fun and exciting trip, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and prepare yourself for a wonderful adventure in Clermont-Ferrand .

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Clermont-Ferrand

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    The best way to travel around France is by train, and Clermont-Ferrand's train station is located just on the eastern edge of centre ville on l'Avenue de l'Union Sovietique. Trains leave every couple of hours to and from Paris throughout the day 05:00 - 20:00. The ride takes 3½ hours, and makes 4 stops along the way.

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    Plateau de Gergovie. About 6 miles (10 km) south of Clermont-Ferrand, the plateau is named after the village of the same name. The site is known for being the place where Vercingetorix fought and won against Julius Caesar in 52 BC. Today, a tall monument, a new museum, and walking grounds are present.

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