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Puy-de-Dome Volcano, Clermont-Ferrand

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One of the youngest volcanoes in the region, Puy-de-Dome Volcano 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. Plan your visit to Puy-de-Dome Volcano and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Clermont-Ferrand trip planner.
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  • A really good experience. The train ride up and down is memorable - try to sit on the left, going up, for the views. Also, check the times ... it only runs every 30-40 mins, and you'd be annoyed just....  more
    A really good experience. The train ride up and down is memorable - try to sit on the left, going up, for the views. Also, check the times ... it only runs every 30-40 mins, and you'd be annoyed just....  more »
  • This is an amazing site to visit, either by foot or the train which comes up from Orcines. We were lucky enough to have views stretching across the Auvergne. With balloons launching below us and... 
    This is an amazing site to visit, either by foot or the train which comes up from Orcines. We were lucky enough to have views stretching across the Auvergne. With balloons launching below us and...  more »
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  • Amazing nature, the welcoming building is nice. You can go by train or on foot. The top of the mountain has a restaurant with good tasting food and the views are cool.
  • Great place with very well done infrastructures, anyone can get to the peak with the train and there are paved road on the top for wheelchair. The view is amazing, but it could be quite foggy especially for the morning. The parking has a lot of slots and free of charge, but I did not like the crushed stone made ground for the parking, as I was concerned about my tires. There are souvenirs shops and cafe restaurants both at the ground and peak of the mountain. Absolutely worth visiting!

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