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Puy-de-Dome, Clermont-Ferrand

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Volcano
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 is modern and without sound so nice peaceful rise. To the top the view is just gorgeous panorama of the chain of volcanoes of great pictures to take Attention there is more wind and colder at the top
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  • Having parked the car at the bottom of the Puy de Dome, we therefore set to climb for about 1 hour. Tiring but the effort pays. Views on the channels of the Puys by the turn of the Summit, which is long enough. The "Temple of mercury" Museum can be visited once at the top. Avoid buying dining once at the top because you need to put the hand in the wallet, plan. More the temperature is well below the downstairs (~ 0 - 10 c °, even in the summer) because a fresh wind blows once at the top.
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  • Tiny world (insects, flowers...) to the most majestic spaces (volcanoes, forests...) you can that be delighted with you walk in this unique setting.
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