GrandSoissons between nature and heritage

GrandSoissons is a destination between nature and heritage

Grand Soissons
A destination between nature and heritage If the legend of Clovis and the Soissons vase is particularly present in French historical culture, it is far from being the only wealth that abounds in this region, the first capital of the Franks. Easily accessible from Paris (1 hour by train), in Aisne, GrandSoissons offers its visitors a refreshing place that invites them to discover its built heritage, hiking trails, and activities for the whole family. A green and soothing bubble, GrandSoissons also has a lodging offer that delights couples looking for a cocoon as well as city dwellers looking for space and nature.

A land steeped in history
Inhabited since the Neolithic period, Soissonnais benefits from an incredibly well-preserved historical heritage, which will give its visitors the feeling of a journey through time. From Pierre Lay Dolmen, to the unmissable Abbey of Saint-Jean-de-Vigny, passing through World War II bunkers, the GrandSoissons provides a summary of the history of France.

Abbey of Saint-Jean-de-Vigny
The symbol of Soissons, this 11th century abbey impresses with its towering towers over 75 meters high. Among the things that were once one of the wealthiest places in France, the facade, the refectory for the monks, the crypt, the convent, and outbuildings are still intact today. Free visit every day, from 10 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5:30 pm.

Saint Gervais Cathedral of Saint Proteus
Another jewel of Soissonnais’ heritage, the cathedral allows you to enjoy two periods of the Gothic era: the first Gothic with the southern arm of the pavilion and the Classical Gothic for the choir and nave. It includes many exceptional paintings such as “The Shepherds’ Adoration” by Rubens. Free visit every day, from 9:30 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 4 pm.

The history of Soissons revisited with street art at C215
This world-famous French artist, who enchanted the city during his visit, returned to adorn it with his works. Passionate about portrait, street artist C215 has produced 25 historical figures associated with the city, to be discovered during an unusual and fun walk that attracts young and old. Available routes at the tourism office

GrandSoissons A destination between nature and heritage

Nature as a playground
The area is really outward oriented, nature is present from the heart of Soissons. Its axis towards the banks of the Essen River provides a walk from the city center to the lock to be discovered under another side. Then, moving forward, walkers are invited into the green environment of GrandSoissons, populated by charming and typical hamlets to discover along 15 hiking and biking trails.

Hiking trails
Of various difficulties, the six hiking trails invite walkers to an unforgettable experience inside the vegetation with its many protected plants.
For animal lovers, it is not uncommon, at the bend of the road, to come across foxes, deer and why not, little bats in the remains of cave houses.
Two leagues from Soissons, in a charming valley, the splendid château is still perfectly habitable.
It is the most eye-catching balm you can imagine.
Victor Hugo

Septmontes Dungeon Arboretum
The arboretum and garden of aromatic plants are located in the park of this pleasant former 14th-century residence, bordered by a grove of apple trees and vines, reminiscent of the heritage of local wine-growing.
This extraordinary place had, at the time, seduced Victor Hugo who detailed his treasures in a letter to his wife.
Free visit every day from 9:30 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Comfortable accommodation
After inhaling the fresh air, I give way to a good, good rest. GrandSoissons has different types of accommodations: hotels, charming B&Bs… Like many cozy nests in which you spend time to recharge your batteries.

Best Western – Hotel des French
Located in the heart of Soissons, the Hôtel des Francs offers comfortable rooms, some of which overlook Saint-Jean-des-Vignes Abbey. The wellness area and the heated indoor pool welcome visitors all year round. In terms of gastronomy, his restaurant, Le Relais de Vignes, is considered one of the best in the area.
From 103 EUR per night in a standard room

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