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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  • August 18, 2017
    Ascent with the little train and descent on foot by way of the Mule for about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Very friendly.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Took the train "the panorama of the dome" great view of volcanoes all around. To discover the path for the bravest
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  • August 17, 2017
    A nice hike with a Summit view volcanoes. Do without hesitation with or without children
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  • February 23, 2017
    Loved this place, drove up in our converted camper van an old mark two transit back in 2000. Great views and great memories.
  • August 17, 2017
    So beautiful panoramic view on the Auvergne Volcanos
  • April 5, 2017
    Last week we were on a school trip to Auvergne and we hiked up the puy de dome,it was tiring but it was also fun.
  • January 17, 2017
    Went there last March on a mild day, took a trip to the summit on the furnicular amazing view5 all the way and the view from the summit was incredible! Very cold, ucy and snowing at the top but well worth the effort.
  • January 25, 2017
    Beautiful view of all the volcanos around, although it is very cold up there!

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