Famed for its lovely earthenware and as a place of pilgrimage, this old ducal city stands in the shadow of the first château to be built on the Loire. This city of historic and artistic interest also offers much to nature lovers, hot air balloonists and racing car enthusiasts. Nevers cultivates a number of styles to great effect.
Nevers developed during Gallo-Roman times on a hill overlooking the river Loire. In the 5th century it became an important monastic centre.
- The cathedral of St-Cyr and Ste-Juliette is unusual in that it has two apses – and therefore two chevets – in different styles: one is Romanesque, the other Gothic.
- The international pilgrimage of Saint Bernadette maintains Nevers' religious tradition as a shrine. The body of Bernadette Soubirous rests in Saint-Gildard's convent chapel.
The Ducal Palace is a very fine example of early Renaissance architecture.
In the 15th century the Dukes of Nevers brought in Italian masters to help create a tradition of fine earthenware, which could be easily traded via the river Loire.
Today Nevers is the departure point for several routes along the last wild river in Europe. Loire and Allier guides and the Nivernais Canoe-club will help you explore its banks off the beaten track. Recapture the real spirit of the Loire on a gabure downriver trip...
Want to go up in the world? Take a hot air balloon ride over the Nivernais countryside! Or stay close to earth with racing driver lessons at Magny-cours racetrack.
If you're feeling peckish, why not try a “Négus”? These distinctive sweets were created by the Grelier company in 1900, to mark the visit of the Emperor of Abyssinia. Just two streets away enjoy innovative dishes based on Morvan ham and fresh goat's cheese at Jean-Michel Couron's restaurant...
Hot air ballooning, racing car driving, canoeing, earthenware, pilgrimage, religious heritage ... Nevers Tourist Information office offers fifteen special interest holidays.
October to May:
- Monday to Saturday, 10am-12.30pm & 2-6pm
- Bank holidays in April & May, 10am-1pm & 3-6pm (May 1st included)
- Closed on Sunday
June to September:
- Monday to Saturday, 9.30am-1pm & 2-6.30pm
- Sunday & bank holidays, 10am-1pm & 3-6pm
The Tourist Information office is closed on 1st January, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December.
|Coupes Moto Légende|
|From 01/06/2013 to 02/06/2013|
|Saison Musicale des Visites-Concerts avec Musicancy|
|From 01/04/2013 to 03/11/2013|
|Une spiritualité au féminin|
|From 20/03/2013 to 30/12/2013|
|Festival du Mot|
|From 29/05/2013 to 02/06/2013|
|Théâtre en mai|
|From 17/05/2013 to 26/05/2013|