Religious origins of the city, founded fourteen centuries ago by Saint Aldegonde to "Maubeuge Regional Capital of Culture" in 2015, the city has been sambrienne continually throughout ancient history, to assert its originality and character well soaked.
Each era has left its trace Maubeuge, starting with the tumultuous late 17th century, when Vauban, at the request of the Sun King, erected his famous ramparts today veritable bouquet of greenery in the city center. Day visitors and accustomed places, you only know the history of this period left a mark if pregnant at the heart of the city?
In the same way that inspires you downtown rebuilt according to plans André Lurçat when afflicted by the Second World War, he had to rebuild the city with a new architectural language, active, already the general population?
Maubeuge but it is not only the glorification of a turbulent past through a heritage so rich it is. The city is also known to live in perfect harmony with the times! Its zoo, which besides its educational and fun involved in conservation of biological threats through breeding programs and reproductions European Theater of Armoury national scene are among the most dynamic cultural bastions in north of Paris, Maubeuge, young and creative city, preparing for the future and look ahead ... it your way!
Whether for a few hours, days or a lifetime, you are, you can be certain, welcome to Maubeuge!
The zoo: 7 hectares in the walls, more than 300 animals, over 50 different species.
The farm zoo: playground, orchard and small traditional farm (sheep, donkeys, ponies, cows, goats and rabbits). A small bubble of tranquility away from the city center, ideal for a relaxing family. Closed at the end of the Thanksgiving holiday at the beginning of the Easter holidays. Information +33 3 27 62 11 93.
The ramparts erected in record time from 1679 to 1685 by Vauban, they represent a crown of greenery around the city center, suitable for walking. The area of the ponds along the Sambre and leaned against the wall is a stopping place for walkers wanting to offer a moment of nature in the city center. Information +33 3 27 62 11 93.
The Museum Guard Corps: jewel in his chest fortified, the museum tells the rich social and military history of Maubeuge. Many archival documents and various uniforms of time to discover. The relief map of Maubeuge 1825 alone is worth the trip! Open the second and fourth Sunday of the month from May to October from 15h30 to 18h. Information +33 3 27 62 11 93.
The modern city: The city center has a remarkable homogeneity Maubeuge architecture: buildings of concrete and brick from the reconstruction of the city architect and planner André Lurçat, after the fire of May 1940 the up to 90%. Such a person of strong character, we like it or not this center with a modern appearance, it never leaves anyone indifferent. That is not given to any city! The famous "planning meetings" involving Maubeugeois in the late 50s to the consecration of the church of Saint Peter Saint-Paul, a symbol of the city, ten years later, the story of new Maubeuge is really exciting you are not enthusiasts or history and architecture. The modern city, however, still has some vestiges of bygone eras, like so many hidden treasures to discover in a tour-like diving through the centuries. Let us tell you about the chapel of the Black Sisters, chapter or of the beguinage Cantuaines ... this is also a dive in downtown Maubeuge! Information +33 3 27 62 11 93.
The Roundabout Theatre: Founded in 1990, National Theatre a year later, the Roundabout Theatre is a major regional center of culture and soon cross 2002, when he joined the theater of the Belgian city of Mons. The Armoury Maubeuge Mons was born and then becomes a platform for cross-border creation and dissemination of contemporary arts. Two highlights each year: VIA festival in early spring (theater, dance and digital arts) and the Festival des Folies late May-early June (concerts, street arts and circus).
La Maison Folie: Opened in 2004 on the occasion of "Lille 2004 European Capital of Culture", the Maison Folie, like all its cousins regional is a space dedicated to culture in all its forms. Upstairs door of Mons, it regularly hosts exhibitions and concerts. Information +33 3 27 53 76 17 or +33 3 27 67 19 83.
Aerodrome Maubeuge-Elesmes: 5 minutes from downtown, several organizations are willing to take off you! During piloting aircraft or glider, aircraft, microlight flight initiation, skydiving, guided tour of Avesnois the sky.
Fort de Leveau: travel back in time and discover the daily life of Hairy war of 1914-1918 in a strong type Sere de Rivieres. Browse dormitory, kitchen or store food for a dive faithfully reconstructed moving back almost a century. Location: Road to Mairieux Feignies. Information +33 3 27 62 37 07.
A living museum of pottery: this museum has a unique feature in France offer the same place on the testimony of past centuries (museum) and the direct application of traditional know-how (pottery). Thus, in the same place, you will discover blue stoneware salt from the 18th century, brown sandstone and faience, whose production is explained through a movie, visiting shops and huge bottle oven, Historical Monument and ... the demonstration of the potter! Location: Potters Court Ferrière-la-Petite. Information +33 3 27 62 79 60.
Green Route Avesnois: This is a course of 33 km between Ferriere-la-Grande and Glageon, borrowing the old railway Maubeuge-Fourmies converted into walking trail hiking, bicycle touring and even riding. In peace, you will discover the most picturesque landscapes of the Avesnois Fagne Solre the Thiérache. Relay eco-bike (rental and maintenance of bicycles, bike park, accommodation, catering ...) Ferrière-la-Grande, with 8 circuits starting from the base, including the famous Green Route Avesnois.
Mooring: want a interlude of calm and serenity in nature? Nothing more simple: an electric boat ride on the Sambre, very easy to operate and requires no special knowledge if it is to know take your time! Open Saturdays and Sundays from 13h to 19h in May, June and September - Every day except Monday from 13h to 19h in July and August. Location: Grand Rue Pont-sur-Sambre. Information +33 6 40 39 04 14.
ValJoly: Green is THE tourist resort in the south of the North! At the edge of a reservoir in the heart of a vast forest, close to small villages so typical of bluestone Avesnois the ValJoly is a must for green tourism in the region. Accommodation, restaurants, shops and endless recreational activities Outdoor await you.
Maubeuge ponds in the walls
The ramparts, overlooking the moat and stone bridge
The door Mons
Great climb, a remnant of the old Maubeuge
The white tiger at zoo Maubeuge
Architecture Lurçat: forms and Space
Theatre of the Armoury, National Theatre
The farm zoo for the whole family
Mosaic on the facade of the church of Saint-Pierre Saint-Paul