Clermont-Ferrand Travel Guide

  • A bit San Francisco like.
    A bit San Francisco like.
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    Do look up when you're in...
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  • Do look up!
    Do look up!
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Clermont-Ferrand Things to Do

  • Cathedral – Rich interior.

    Once were inside we had a good look at the interior. In the 5th century, bishop Namatius laid the foundations of the city's first cathedral and inside it is very good to see its history. It’s quite rich church indeed and therefore gives away some beautiful ‘secrets’. A very funny fact is that Jean Deschamps was entrusted with a lot of work. He had...

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  • Cathedral – Lighting a candle.

    Although we were quite late when we first arrived at the Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral we were already allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our late arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists. Either the bus / coach had already left on his way or everybody was having a drink at the terraces outside at the Place de la Victoire....

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  • Cathedral – Striking Gothic building.

    We knew in advance that the city of Clermont-Ferrand ranked amongst the oldest cities of France and that Christianity arrived in here in the beginning of the 4th century. The Clermont Cathedral (official name: La Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption) is a striking Gothic edifice of this fact built of black lava stone in the 13th and 14th...

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  • Maison de la Culture

    The Maison of Culture is a municipal cultural centre is an exhibition centre were most of the important cultural events in Clermont take place. Here is located the International short films festival at the beginning of the year and the Biennal of Travel Diaries, but there are a lot of other activities like films, conferences, exhibitions...

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  • Inside the cathedral

    If you enter the cathedral, you will find inside a wooden prototype that will give you an idea of how big anf beutiful it is. Being surrounded by buildings, it is not easy to see the whole building from outside (unless you ride a helicopter) so this is a good way to see the whole thing.

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  • Cathedral

    The magnificient gothic cathedral seems to be the most outstanding landmark here in Clermont. It is in the very centre of town, all siurrounded by buildings. It can be visited inside and has marvellous stained glass.

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Clermont-Ferrand Restaurants

  • The much loved kebab.

    Kebab is a much-loved snack in many parts of the world, and Clermont-Ferrand in France is no exception. We arrived around diner time at the small but beautiful square at Rue Ballainvillers. We just finished an 1100 kilometer drive from the Netherlands and were in need of some fine and especially fast food. We had a walk around the amazing cozy...

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  • Bit of a prestigious café.

    Clermont-Ferrand ranks amongst the oldest cities of France. After a nice hike we ended up at Place de la Victoire, which is the natural centre of the historical part of the city of Clermont-Ferrand: a stage for various minor and major events, a reference point, a meeting place and the starting point or destination for walkers who want to discover...

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  • Late night eats and drinks

    I visited this place very often. Not only does it have great pizza but they also sell wine after the stores are already closed. Since in France stores close earlier than america this is a very big deal. Beware though they are only open util 10:30pm though.They say they have two different kinds of wine but they always seemed to be out of the cheaper...

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Clermont-Ferrand Nightlife

  • Nice Terrace

    For a good price and a good atmosphere this is where to go. They also have an amazing vin chaud. Whatever you want.

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  • Party All night Long

    This is a small nightclub that knows how to party. it has two small levels. upstairs there is karaoke and downstairs there is music pumping full blast. This is the place to go after all the other places have closed down. Club like clothes

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  • Karaoke Time

    This is a very cute karaoke bar downtown. They even have a few English songs. The people here really get into the music--you will just have to go to see what i mean. Beware though the drinks are a little pricey. dress pretty--you'll be onstage

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Clermont-Ferrand Transportation

  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...

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  • Train

    Train is one or the cheapest ways to travel in Europe. If you are between the ages of 12-25 i reccommend purchasing la carte 12/25. you usually get about 50% off your tickets. My roundtrip from Clermont to Geneva was only $36. Almost every bus stops at the train station so it is very accessible.

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  • Student discounts

    If you are in clermont-ferrarand and want a good deal on transportation go to the OTU Voyage office. They have great deals on airline tickets, train tickets and even vacation packages. this is where i went all the time. also if you are a student you have to get the 12/25 card. It gives 50 % all train tickets and also gives you a reduction on plane...

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Clermont-Ferrand Shopping

  • A great Mall

    this is a really nice mall , in an area called "Jaude" , take a cab there and ask him about "Jaude Centre", you will find a lot of nice shops inside, and if you dont like them , then take a walk beside the mall then you will find a place that looks like the turkish bazaars, with a lot of shops and display stands ... discount season is awsome there

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  • Great Costume Jewerly

    I have a bad habit of making sure everything I put on matches. This includes jewerly. This shop isn't very expensive and has all colors of the rainbow; just right for a crazy girl like me. Earrings, rings, necklaces, watches, etc....... Much less than other jewerly stores

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  • Best Film Developing

    I tried a few different places, but this one seemed to be the best quality photos and most importantly they will put that white edge around the photos that make them look so much better. Don't forget to ask about the carte de fidelite also about average but not the cheapest

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Clermont-Ferrand Local Customs

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    Two round pins system.

    by Jerelis Written Dec 12, 2012

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    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in France is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to France with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

    There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.

    Outlets in France generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.

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Clermont-Ferrand Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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Clermont-Ferrand Tourist Traps

  • Place Victoire – Enjoy the vibrancy.

    Before we decided where we wanted to go for a stop during the summer of 2012, of course we did some research on Google. Like I said before we ended up at Clermont-Ferrand, because where it was situated One of the things that intrigued me immediately during my internet search was the fact that there was an Centre Acien (ancient old town) right at...

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  • Place Victoire – French Revolution.

    Without a doubt is the Place de la Victoire the busy centre of the Centre Acien (ancient old town) and therefore a bit of a tourist trap. But is this a good reason to avoid it and not visit it? No, not at all. You can also put this main square in the tip section "Must see"! And I can also tell you why :)The Victory Square was built after the French...

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  • Place Victoire – Heart of the historical...

    Clermont-Ferrand ranks amongst the oldest cities of France. This was not the reason why we visited it. We were travelling from the Netherlands to the northern part of Spain and saw that Clermont-Ferrand was at about two third of the distance we needed to cover. Therefore we ended up at a nice hotel in this city. Right after we checked in we decided...

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Clermont-Ferrand What to Pack

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    Here we go ...

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    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

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Clermont-Ferrand Off The Beaten Path

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    Painted walls

    by SirRichard Written Jan 21, 2006

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    Walking around the old centre I found this building, just behind the cathedral, with an interesting wall painting. All you see in the pic is painted, it was just a whole wall and all those perspectives and archs... are illusion. Interesting, isn't it?

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Clermont-Ferrand Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking - Delights at every turn.

    Clermont-Ferrand ranks amongst the oldest cities of France, it is a city with more than 2,000 years of history. Right after we checked in at the hotel we decided to pay the city center a visit and were amazed by the beauty of the city and the square Place de la Victoire (Victory Square) in particular. The compact town of Clermont-Ferrand is easy to...

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  • Hiking – Game plan strategie.

    Most people try to rush Clermont-Ferrand on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Clermont-Ferrand properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before setting out. Before we visited Clermont-Ferrand we saw on a city map that the large town of Clermont-Ferrand is divided into three...

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  • Hiking – Take time to meander.

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Clermont-Ferrand old town's principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our stroll we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won't do justice to the entire city...

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