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Montluçon, a town of Art and History

In the north of the Allier, just off the motorway, the Auvergne's second largest town of Montluçon is a perfect starting point for discovering the Auvergne region. Make your way up to the top of the castle once belonging to the Dukes of Bourbon around which the town originally developed. Admire its architectural heritage and its impressive flanks overlooking the river Cher. The vibrancy of its old town of Montluçon, which is brimming with ancient treasures and which was restored around 1900, offers a constant invitation to share in its joy and good humour during the carnivals and festivals.
The Castle of the Dukes of Bourbon
The Castle of the Dukes of Bourbon

A view from the top

Up at the top of the esplanade of the Dukes of Bourbon’s castle, you can begin by admiring the stunning view over the town. As you'll see, nestling at the mouth of the Cher, the old town is simply packed with ancient attractions to be discovered.


The old town of Montluçon

In Montluçon, listed as a "Ville d’Art" (town of art),discover the atmosphere of the medieval old town as you stroll around some 15 buildings listed or registered as historical monuments. Stroll through the district of Saint-Pierre whose church is home to one of the finest stone sculptures in France. Across the Cher River is the Church of Saint-Paul, with its rare metallic architecture.


Don't forget to admire the Louvière Castle, built in the style of Versailles’s "Petit Trianon", which is used to house temporary exhibitions. Another cultural must is the new MuPop Music Museum, paying homage to popular music from the last two centuries.


MuPop Museum
MuPop Museum

Parks and gardens of Montluçon

Named for the American president, the Wilson Gardens include a rose garden, grassy areas and a playground. To the south of the city, the Parc Saint-Jean offers diverse plant life including 400 trees surrounding its pond.


Local products and festivals in Montluçon

And to round off your visit to the area, sample the flavours of Montluçon with its Saturday morning market in the medieval centre, or visit the Brasserie Blondel for some local brewed beer, in moderation of course! Montluçon is a lively town with festivals throughout the year. In July, a jazz festival takes over the Cher River, and every other year the town goes back in time with a Medieval festival.

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