Visit Clermont-Ferrand

  • Clermont-Ferrand


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  • Clermont-Ferrand - Place de Jaude

    Clermont-Ferrand - Place de Jaude

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  • Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral

    Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral

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  • Clermont-Ferrand - Notre Dame du Port

    Clermont-Ferrand - Notre Dame du Port

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  • Clermont-Ferrand - Michelin Headquarter

    Clermont-Ferrand - Michelin Headquarter

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  • Clermont-Ferrand by night

    Clermont-Ferrand by night

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  • Clermont-Ferrand - Rock festival

    Clermont-Ferrand - Rock festival

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  • Clermont-Ferrand - Rugby players

    Clermont-Ferrand - Rugby players

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  • Clermont-Ferrand - Cheese from Auvergne

    Clermont-Ferrand - Cheese from Auvergne

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  • Puy de Dôme - Vercingetorix

    Puy de Dôme - Vercingetorix

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  • Puy de Dôme

    Puy de Dôme

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Visit Clermont-Ferrand 63000 Clermont-Ferrand fr

Visit the town

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

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 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

  • 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.


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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