Amiens Travel Guide

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Amiens Highlights

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     Typically french 

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     None that come to mind 

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     Loads more to explore. 

Amiens Things to Do

  • Amiens Cathedral - Magnificent!

    This is one big cathedral, inside being the tallest complete one in France, at almost 140 feet, and also has the largest interior. It dates from the very early 13th Century and was built to house the head of John the Baptist, allegedly brought back from the crusades.The features that grab one’s eyes are the height inside and the incredibly...

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  • The Jules Verne House.

    Juls Verne had married a woman from Amiens in 1857 and moved to the town in 1871, where he also died in March 1905. The house where they lived was known as "the house with the tower" because of the eye-cathing tower which can still be seen.I wasn't tempted by the high entrance fee, so I just left without going in, therefore no pictures and not much...

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  • The Cathedral Notre Dame d'Amiens.

    A Romanesque cathedral built in this area was destroyed by fire in 1218. That gave the opportunity to the then bishop, Evrard de Fouilloy, to launch his big scale building plans. But before they could get started some other buildings, like the Church of Saint Firmin the Confessor, had to be removed to give space for the cathedral. The building...

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  • The Saint-Leu quarter.

    Along the canal will you find the oldest houses in Amiens, in the area callend Saint-Leu. They are called "maisons à pignon" in French, gabled houses in English. In the 17th century, the ground floor housed merchant's stands or workshops.

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  • One of the oldest belfries in France.

    In 1406 was one of the first belfries in France built by wood. It was destroyed several times by fire, so in 1742 the edifice which we now can see was built. A belfry was the symbol of a free city.It is open to visitors Sundays at 10.30 in the morning.

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  • Museum of stained-glassed windows.

    This s is one of largest private collections of stained-glass windows in France. It is located in an old house dating from the 16th century. The collection contains as well religious as civil windows from the 12th to the 20th centuries. Every afternoon at 15.00 (except Sundays and bank holidays) there is the possibility to join a guided tour...

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Amiens Hotels

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Amiens Restaurants

  • Pub in the center of Amiens

    It was raining out for our evening in Amiens so we asked our hotel desk for a restaurant close by and one of the places she suggested was Au Bureau, just a 5 minute walk away. The place is definitely set up as a pub but they do have a full menu of French bistro food and pizzas. I saw an Au Bureau in another city we were in, it appears to be a chain...

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  • les marrisons waste of money

    service non existant. Food below average. you wait 30 min to be offered an apperitif and then after you finish it - at least 15 min later you are given the menu. A glass of champagne or wine costs nearly the same as the ritz but you dont have a waiter that is polite or knows what they are doing. in fact the waitress doesnt ven know the specials or...

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  • Make sure you order the right crepe.

    I had a cheese, sausage and mushroom crepe (7€). Louisa and I shared a carafe of white wine (7.50€). The crepe was good but I expected the sausage to be similar to an Italian sausage, not like hotdogs! Total. 10.75€.

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  • Wonderfully prepared food

    If you are lucky enough to experience Le Macassar (bed and breakfast) the owners will no doubt tell you about this restaurant. Situated about 5 minutes drive in the next village to Corbie (about 20 minutes from Amiens) The owners of the b&b have an agreement with the restaurant owners that one takes you there and the other brings you back - Great,...

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  • Superb location

    This fantastic restaurant sits on the bank of the river and if the weather is good try and get a table outside overlooking the water.Unfortunately we did not eat here but stayed for a couple of drinks. The food that was being served to the guests certainly looked good and we will definitely eat here on our next visit. The guys at the hotel have...

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  • Inside the Carrefour complex

    This was a small cafe inside the Carrefour complex, perfect for a drink and a sandwich after a hard day looking for bargains in the main store. I liked the fact that you could park your trolleys in the big wide aisle and not get in anyone's way.It's typical small French cafe style, waiter service, local people indulging in banter, but I missed the...

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Amiens Nightlife

  • Bar in amiens

    Hi people,Just dropping by to tell you not to go to a pub called My Goodness in St-Leu neighbourhood. It's the perfect fake Irish Pub in Amiens. The problem is that the boss and the security man can get violent with customers without any reason...They are dangerous and dodgy persons. Gotta tell you won't find any real party atmosphere there...This...

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  • Bars a plenty!!

    Whether on road trips involving Man Utd or England we often stay over in Amiens, and is a little gem of a town for nightlife. Thers a great little area of bars & cafes in a cobbled area below the Cathedral and alongside the canal - Le Zeppelin rings a bell though I remember a mexican type bar being more expensive than most and as usual the...

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  • St Leu

    St Leu district, at the north of the Catherdral, where there's the whole night life spot of Amiens : pubs, restaurants...

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Amiens Transportation

  • Arriving or departing.

    The railway and bus stations are close to each other a few min on foot east of the city centre.

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  • Easy to get to Amiens by bus.

    If you arrive at the Beauvais Airport, then it's easy to get to Amiens by bus. There is a shuttle bus to use. Here is the link to the bus company.

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  • Bus service

    The bus service at Amiens is called Amétis.I found their maps and routes You may find these links handy:Tourist office: http://www.amiens-tourisme.comBus maps: http://www.ametis.net/ftp/FR_plan/PLAN%20CLIENTS%20SEPT%202008.pdf

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Amiens Shopping

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  • DIET DISASTER

    this should be a warning or danger tip, the patisseries are far too tempting here, we parted with a large sum of money for a box of 6 of the most fabulous cakes and ate them back in the UK that night with a cup of tea, how lucky we didnt attempt to eat them in Amiens ! or we would have been compelled to go back and buy more and more cakes,...

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  • Wine Buying

    Carrefour is a chain of budget supermarkets in France. The one that was near me in St Pierres des Corps was right in the heart of the Loire Valley, hence it stocked all the local wines.You'll find all sorts of stores within the complex, restaurants, jewellers, shoe shops, clothes shops etc etc, like most big shopping malls. I was going for wine,...

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Amiens Local Customs

  • "Drainpipe Band?"

    I have no idea what it was all about, but standing on the front steps of the cathedral, this band of 9 guys carrying what appeared to be drainpipes, came marching in step across the plaza and onto the steps. There they began to “play” the pipes using what looked like ping pong paddles as well as humming into the end to produce a “song.” There was a...

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  • The First Room Deodorant

    Bathing and cleanliness is a 19-20C innovation. Baths in earlier times bordered on being a luxury or a medical therapeutic (such as hot springs). The stench of a crowd of church goers must have been overpowering and distracting to the priests. The censer (or thurible)was the first deodorant. These are from the treasury in the cathedral and are pure...

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  • The Cathedral Nave Has a Labyrinth in...

    A labyrinth is a form of maze which has a simple unambiguous path to its center and back out (as contrasted to a maze which has many choices and dead-ends). It is a common primitive design developed in many societies and was undoubtedly ritualistic. The labyrinth has appeared in marble on the cathedral floors of Chartres, Reims and Amiens and at...

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Amiens Warnings and Dangers

  • Amiens Stone Attack

    Recently while staying in the city we were subject to an attack by youths throwing stones in the northern area (The Project!) of the city. Travelling on our motorcycle we were riding from the city camping towards the center and after about 1km we turned left towards Leroy Merlin. Within a minute, driving through a district with high apartment...

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  • Cakes and more cakes!

    If only you KNEW where shopping here ends up. Straight on yer bum!Berni and Carl headed straight for it like bees to a honeypot and got A LOT of cakes.... heh heh!I love the way the French wrap the cakes up in little boxes like delicious presents, which is what they are of course. The most dangerous one was the Mervielleuse...

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  • Credit Card Skimming

    My husband had his credit card skimmed at one of the ATM's in Amiens. 650 Euros were taken out before the card was deactivated (thank goodness for the CR's archaic banking system that limits weekly withdrawals!) . The ATM was on the main mall near the town hall.

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Amiens What to Pack

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    by wanderlust23 Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: The best type of bag to take to Amiens (now I'm talking to you fellow Americans especially) is a light one! Getting to Amiens and then having to lug around your baggage is not very fun. Plus you really won't need to bring as many clothes as you think you will.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A few pairs of black pants, some muted colored shirts and you're set for Europe. Only kind of kidding... seriously though, bring an umbrella, several if they tend to fall apart in the wind. Winter and spring are very rainy and windy in Amiens. And bring comfortable walking shoes because the city center is designed for walking.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All toiletry and first aid items can be bought in the grocery and department stores of Amiens.

    Photo Equipment: Developing film can be pretty expensive! I'd wait until I got home unless you absolutely are dying to see your pictures!

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Amiens Off The Beaten Path

  • Parks

    As I roamed through the city, I saw parks and gardens. They are small but have their own unique features. They are also children-friendly and provided a good mini-family outings. As a whole, Amiens' people gave me an impression that they are very family-oriented. The pictures are of my favourite park.

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  • Madonna and child in Albert

    This huge red brick church wsa built in 1897 and is capped with a gilded statue of the virgin holding a child high above her head. Duing the first world war a German shell dislodged the statue and it hung but never fell. It was thought that the day the statue fell the war would come to an end. The germans did indeed occupy Albert where the church...

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  • Lest we forget......

    Thiepval is the largest war memorial to the missing from any war in which British soldiers have died. It stands on it's own in a quiet part of the Somme region. 72000 names of missing soldiers are engraved into the 16 columns which make up this memorial. It is maintained by the War Graves Commission. I felt very moved by just being there. People...

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Amiens Favorites

  • How to find the objects.

    I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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  • Chinese Cuisine on wheels

    I was surprised to find this stall near the train station. The food is good and price is reasonable. You have a good choice of fried rice, fried wanton and fish balls. And their cooking style is really close to home.

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  • Cathedral square in Amiens

    Take a walk around the Cathedral and just reflect how awesome and breathtaking it is! The best and highest Cathedral in the world is right here in this city!! You can't miss it! There's also a really pretty garden/park around the back of the Cathedral. Check out more of my cathedral tips in the must see section. My favorite memories of Amiens are...

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The Cathedral, two 13th century bronze tombstones.
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The Cathedral, tomb of Saint Firmin.
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The Cathedral, the famous Weeping Angel.
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The Cathedral, sound and light show - must see!!
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Cathedrale Notre Dame d'Amiens
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Historial de la Grande Guerre-Peronne
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Battlefields of the Somme-WWI
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The Cathedral, old stained-glass windows.
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Amiens Cathedral
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Amien Cathedral - under construction
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The Cathedral, the maze.
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The Cathedral, the relief of John the Baptist.
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The Cathedral, take a look at the WESTERN portal!
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The Cathedral, 16th century stalls.
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Walk the Town
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There Are More Sculptures to See
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See the Sculptures Outside the Choir Enclosure
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Visit the Musee de Picardie
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The Choir Stalls Are Adjacent
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Study the Altar Area
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Enter the Cathedral
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Examine the Portals of the West Facade
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See the Cathedral
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Amiens Hippodrome
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Amiens Zoo
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Get to Know the locals
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Hortillonges or Floating Gardens
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Visit the Cathedral
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Pilgrimage to Israel in Notre Dame
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Try the candies
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Visit the memorials....
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They loved rollar blading
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Notre Dame
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Forever in our memories
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NOTRE DAME
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Historial De La Guerre 1914 - 1918
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Corbie Abbey
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Corbie Town Hall
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Notre Dame de Amiens
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