Top ChoiceCathedral in Clermont-Ferrand

Cathédrale Notre Dame

Clermont-Ferrand’s skyline broods with volcanic stone, but its most impressive edifice is Cathédrale Notre-Dame, whose 108m twin spires pierce the sky like blackened spears. Its façade, with snarling gargoyles...

Top ChoiceGallery in Clermont-Ferrand

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 staircase linking various centuries of European art. Head...

Museum in Clermont-Ferrand

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 decked out like 19th-century streets to evoke the early days...

Church in Clermont-Ferrand

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 distinctive decorations set it apart, and strengthened the case for...

Square in Clermont-Ferrand

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 chief Vercingétorix.

Museum in Clermont-Ferrand

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. Explore the ground floor's excellent display of...

Museum in Clermont-Ferrand

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 polymath Blaise Pascal (with most displays in French only). Up...

Museum in Clermont-Ferrand

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. Located 1km west of central Clermont in Chamalières,...

Church in 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 spire.

Monument in Clermont-Ferrand

Obelisk

This 19th-century obelisk was fashioned from dark volcanic stone from Volvic and festooned with carvings. The monument was raised in honour of Louis Charles Antoine Desaix, a local general highly esteemed by...

Monument in Clermont-Ferrand

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 Auguste Bartholdi, who also designed the Statue of Liberty.

Fountain in Clermont-Ferrand

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 square with views towards Puy de Dôme.

Viewpoint in Clermont-Ferrand

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.