Religion and passion

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 for nature lovers, hot air balloonists and racing car enthusiasts. Nevers cultivates a number of styles to great effect.

Hill of inspiration

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.

Between Loire and Allier

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 to 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 grounded with racing driver lessons at Magny-cours racetrack.

Good food and ... sweeties!

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.

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  • Ville d'Art et d'Histoire
Office de Tourisme Nevers Agglomération
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Horaires d'ouverture de l'Office de tourisme de Nevers et sa région
  • Montgolfière, pilotage automobile, canoë, faïence, pèlerinage, découverte du patrimoine religieux... L'office du tourisme de Nevers vous propose plus de quinze idées-séjour.

    D'octobre à mai :
    - Du lundi au samedi, de 10 h à 12 h 30 et de 14 h à 18 h
    - Les jours fériés d'avril et de mai, de 10 h à 13 h et de 15 h à 18 h, y compris le 1er Mai
    - Fermeture le dimanche
    De juin à septembre :
    - Du lundi au samedi, de 9 h 30 à 13 h et de 14 h à 18 h 30
    - Dimanche et jours fériés, de 10 h à 13 h et de 15 h à 18 h
    L'office de tourisme est fermé les 1er janvier, 1er novembre, 11 novembre et 25 décembre.

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