A warm welcome to the Auvergne


At the foot of the Bourbonnaise mountain, very close to Lapalisse and Vichy, the small village Le Breuil awaits you. There is a lot to discover here, for example two churches, local crafts, trout brooks, the botanical gardens...

Le Breuil



Visit the famous La Palice palace, go for a walk through the city park or try out 'Vérités de Lapalisse', a local speciality.



The Auvergne

Die Auvergne

The Auvergne is the green heart of France, right in the middle of France and Europe. From here you can reach the whole of France via the motorway:
3 hours to PARIS A71
2 hours to LYON A72
5 hours to Strasbourg
3 hours to Geneva
5 hours to Marseille

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The Auvergne offers its visitors breathtaking landscapes with forests and lakes: For example here you will find the largest collection of volcanoes in Europe, Vulcania, the only European volcano theme park, two nature reserves, over 500 roman churches, over 50 castles and palaces along the historical 'Route Historique des Châteaux d’Auvergne', 10 thermal spring towns in the Belle Epoque style...

Along the routes that cross through the departments of Allier, Cantal, Haute-Loire or Puy-de-Dôme, there are numerous sport and leisure possibilities:   hiking, mountain biking, riding, paragliding, canoeing, bathing or during winter long-distance and downhill skiing or snow-shoe hiking.  The Auvergne offers a diverse range of gastronomy, enjoyable feasting and a distinctive sort of hospitality.


UNESCO World heritage list

Chaîne des Puys - Limagne fault tectonic arena

Situated in the centre of France, the property comprises the long Limagne fault, the alignments of the Chaîne des Puys volcanoes and the inverted relief of the Montagne de la Serre. It is an emblematic segment of the West European Rift, created in the aftermath of the formation of the Alps, 35 million years ago. The geological features of the property demonstrate how the continental crust cracks, then collapses, allowing deep magma to rise and cause uplifting at the surface. The property is an exceptional illustration of continental break-up – or rifting – which is one of the five major stages of plate tectonics.


The Allier department



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Thermal spring and artistic town

The Montagne Bourbonnaise

Green hills, undisturbed nature, picturesque villages, arts and crafts, a small waterfall (la Pisserotte):


La Loge des gardes, Allier

»La Loge des gardes«, Allier's only official skiing station, in 1165 m, is open all year long.

The gardens of the  »Domaine de la chaize«, Le Breuil

Free entrance, bamboo grove, botanical footpath, blueberries...

»Le Pal« adventure park

Le PAL is a unique adventure park and is one of the most-visited facilities in the whole of France.
In the centre of one of the most beautiful regions of France, over 25 spectacular attractions for the whole family are awaiting you in a 23-hectare large nature reserve - over 500 animals from all 5 continents and unforgettable animal parades.

The Medieval Festival in Souvginy


Festival Les cultures du monde Gannat


European Skydive Center - Lapalisse