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Puy-de-Dome, Clermont-Ferrand
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One of the youngest volcanoes in the region, Puy-de-Dome is a large lava dome in a chain of volcanoes that includes numerous cinder cones, lava domes, and maars (volcano craters). This is a well-known area for paragliding as the summit offers expansive views of the Chaîne des Puys and Clermont-Ferrand. You can stop in the restaurant, shops, or the visitor center to get information on the history and geology of the area. Walk the pedestrian path that was formerly a Roman road leading to the Temple of Mercury. The vehicle road previously leading to the summit is now closed so visitors must hike up on foot or take the Panoramique des Dômes, a rack railway. Hikers can also reach the Puy using a footpath on the northern side, which runs past the Nid de la Poule (Hen Nest) crater. The GR 4 long-distance European trail uses this footpath and the sentier des muletiers (mule trail) to traverse the mountain. Before you head to Clermont-Ferrand, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Clermont-Ferrand trip builder, to make sure you see all that Clermont-Ferrand has to offer, including Puy-de-Dome.
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  • The train to be at the top in 15 minutes. Count €12 about the round trip per adult. Upstairs, it's beautiful: insured temperature difference (plan gloves, scarves and shoes), pedestrian ballade and restoration are present. The view is panoramic of the landscape when the mist is not in the game.
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  • This time we made the mounted using the feniculaire in full winter, good experience and getting to the top simply magnificent and great host at the restaurant.
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  • At the top of the Puy de Dome... What a view! Take the path of the carriers for the more energetic or train for the laziest.
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