Clermont-Ferrand is a nice but small city. Nevertheless, there is a lot to discover, in Clermont as well as around the city. Besides of the various bars and restaurants in the city center, Clermont is surrounded by a beautiful nature and a lot to see.
Puy de Dome Volcano
The Puy de Dome is the highest volcano in the Chaine des Puys and is UNESCO Heritage Site since 2018. It is accessible the whole year around and promises a expectional panoramic view. It is located just minutes from Clermont-Ferrand and is a spot in nature at the gates of the city.
On the top of the Puy de Dome you will find remains of the temple of Mercury and its interpretive museum, an interactive area on geological and volcanic features as well as shops and restaurants.
You can get to top of Puy de Dome via railway in 15 to 20 minutes or you can take one of the trails by foot.
The departure station for the railway is located in the town of Orcines at the foot of the Puy the Dome. To reach the departure station as well as the footpaths you can take a shuttle bus from several stations in Clermont-Ferrand such as Jaude and Gare SNCF.
The paths to get to top by foot are the path of Muleteers, the path of Goats and three trails to the summit.
Click here to get all the information about the train departures and different foot paths.
If you want to learn more about volcanos you should visit the adventure parc Vulcania. There is also a shuttle bus available from the citycenter of Clermont. Futhermore the student association WorldTop ESN organizes a trip for students to this parc. So check their Facebook Page to not miss the event and sign in for it.
L’Aventure Michelin reveals the living history of a product and a brand that has always kept up with the times. It can be reached by car (free car park next to the stadium and by train (Line A and B).
The opening hours depends on the time of the year. The entry price is currently €9,50 for adults.
Click here go get all the information about prices, opening hours and getting there.
Cathedrale Notre Dame
The cathedral is in the middle of the city and can therefore hardly be overlooked. It is located on the Place de la Victoire.
The LECOQ Garden is a 5 hectare cool space, the green lung of the centre of Clermont-Ferrand, where it is pleasant to stray in peace and quiet.
25,000 seasonal plants and bulbs come twice a year to flower the beds, the city’s coat of arms alone contains 8500 mosaiculture plants. Very diversified shrub plantations and 300 majestic or rare trees give the garden, well served by the uneven ground, many perspectives.
Many benches scattered in the garden allow rest and reading. The garden is meticulously maintained by the city’s gardeners.
Le Parc de Montjuzet
Montjuzet Park is the largest park in Clermont-Ferrand. Covering 26 hectares, it occupies almost all of a mound that dominates the Clermont area to the northwest, making it a privileged viewpoint over the city and its surroundings.
There is a garden of Mediterranean (cypress of Provence, umbrella pine, holm oak, olive tree) and exotic (palm tree of China, various species of eucalyptus, nothofagus, despair of monkeys) species.