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Nevers

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Nièvre

Nevers - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Nièvre
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Main town of the department of Nièvre, Nevers takes place in Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, in the province of Nivernais. It is located between Auxerre and Chalon-sur-Saône, at the confluence of the Loire and the Nièvre.

People of the Gallo-Roman period, the commune of Nevers was named capital of the hereditary County of Nevers from the tenth century. Former fortified city, it owes its fame to its faience of international renown. The specificity of its products rests on the famous blue of Nevers, a color that is only found on these works of art.

Classified as a city of art and history, Nevers, also known as the City of the Dukes, is today mainly focused on tourism, offering visitors a very important architectural and historical heritage.

Its gastronomy, centered on honey, cheese or even Charolais meat, is also the success of this commune which does not lack charm.

Geographical information

MunicipalityNevers
Postcode58000
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Latitude46.9908960 (N 46° 59’ 27”)
Longitude3.1628450 (E 3° 9’ 46”)
AltitudeFrom 167m to 238m
Surface area17.33 km²
Population37026 inhabitants
Density2136 inhabitants/km²
Insee code58194
IntercommunalityCA de Nevers
DepartmentNièvre
TerritoryBurgundy, Nivernais
RegionBurgundy-Franche-Comté

Nearest cities & towns

Coulanges-lès-Nevers2.9 km (7 min)
Challuy5.1 km (11 min)
Saint-Éloi5.3 km (10 min)
Sermoise-sur-Loire7.2 km (12 min)
Fourchambault7.7 km (14 min)
Marzy7.7 km (14 min)
Urzy8.1 km (14 min)
Varennes-Vauzelles8.1 km (15 min)
Sauvigny-les-Bois9 km (13 min)
Saint-Martin-d'Heuille9.7 km (14 min)
Gimouille9.9 km (15 min)
Garchizy10.2 km (18 min)
Montigny-aux-Amognes12.1 km (17 min)
Chevenon12.4 km (18 min)

Things to see and do

Gothic style, the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte has been classified to the Historic Monuments. It has the peculiarity of presenting two choirs, one in Gothic style and the other in Romanesque style. Ancient, it reveals however contemporary stained glass particularly colored. Inside, one can admire a baptistery of the 6th century, while the tower offers an impregnable view over the whole city.

Inscribed in the Historic Monuments, the abbey Saint-Martin was established from the eighth century. It loses its bell tower at the French Revolution, before sheltering a market, then the stables of the local gendarmerie. Today, one can only admire the home of the abbot.

A great number of other religious buildings are renowned as Nevers, like the church of St. Peter, or the chapel of St. Mary and its baroque facade. A beautiful Romanesque monument, the church of Saint-Etienne was built in the second half of the eleventh century. Inside, you can admire a Madonna and Child with a polychrome stone dove, classified as a Historic Monument. A former chapel of the 19th century, the chapel of Saint-Sylvain allows to admire a painted decoration of origin installed on virtually all the walls and the vaults.

Former residence of the dukes of Nevers, the ducal palace reveals a very beautiful Renaissance facade. Considered one of the first castles of the Loire, today it is partly used as an annex to the town hall. However, spaces are open to the public, offering aquariums of fish from the Loire, or even temporary exhibitions. Just opposite, the place of the Republic reveals Gallo-Roman vestiges.

Specialized in earthenware, the Frédéric Blandin Museum offers fine collections of enamelled glasses, earthenware and fine art.

As you walk through the city, you can appreciate the 14th century Croux gate, as well as the Goguin tower, which form ancient vestiges of the ramparts. An archaeological museum reveals various objects found around Nevers, inside the door of the Croux. Formerly decorated, the arch of triumph of the city dates from the eighteenth century and was elevated for the victory of Fontenoy.

Famous in the sports world, the circuit of Nevers Magny-Cours welcomes each year the Bol d'Or, or the Grand Prix of France Formula 1.

The gardens of the Baratte offer many different atmospheres to discover during a walk. On the program of the places: vegetable gardens, fountains, laundries, gardens or even old houses of market gardeners.

Rewarded with three flowers in the Contest of Flower Towns and Villages of France, Nevers has many green spaces scattered all over the commune.

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Events and festivities

The markets of Nevers take place from Tuesday to Saturday, all day. Every Saturday morning, a market is offered, while on Wednesday afternoons in July and August, the city offers a summer market. December is the scene of a charming Christmas market.

The Z'accros, in July, is a street arts festival featuring various shows.

Every summer, Nevers-plage reproduces the maritime life on the banks of the Loire, and the municipality takes advantage to organize various cultural or sporting events.

Jazz Festival Nevers offers annual concerts of artists from around the world in the fall.

In October, Nevers in Vif hosts the best of the French rock scene.

At the beginning of December, the Salon des auteurs nivernais highlights the local edition through meetings and dedications.

Detailed information

Les Z'accros d'ma rue
Street performances full of humour and imaginationFrom 3 to 9 july 2017

Photos

Ducal Palace
Ducal Palace
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Republic Square
Republic Square
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Ducal Palace of the 15th century
Ducal Palace of the 15th century
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Ducal Palace
Ducal Palace
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Theater
Theater
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Downtown
Downtown
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Downtown
Downtown
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Downtown
Downtown
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Clock tower
Clock tower
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Downtown
Downtown
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Downtown
Downtown
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Downtown
Downtown
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Saint-Pierre church of the seventeenth century
Saint-Pierre church of the seventeenth century
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Church of Saint Peter
Church of Saint Peter
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Interior of the Church of St. Peter
Interior of the Church of St. Peter
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Interior of the Church of St. Peter
Interior of the Church of St. Peter
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Interior of the Church of St. Peter
Interior of the Church of St. Peter
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Interior of the Church of St. Peter
Interior of the Church of St. Peter
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Interior of the Church of St. Peter
Interior of the Church of St. Peter
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Interior of the Church of St. Peter
Interior of the Church of St. Peter
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Interior of the Church of St. Peter
Interior of the Church of St. Peter
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Interior of the Church of St. Peter
Interior of the Church of St. Peter
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Ducal Palace
Ducal Palace
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Ducal Palace
Ducal Palace
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Ducal Palace
Ducal Palace
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Ducal Palace
Ducal Palace
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Detail of the ducal palace
Detail of the ducal palace
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Detail of the ducal palace
Detail of the ducal palace
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Ducal Palace
Ducal Palace
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City Hall
City Hall
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City Hall
City Hall
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Fountain in the city center
Fountain in the city center
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Cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte of the 10th-15th centuries
Cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte of the 10th-15th centuries
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Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte Cathedral
Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte Cathedral
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Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte Cathedral
Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte Cathedral
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Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte Cathedral
Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte Cathedral
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Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte Cathedral
Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte Cathedral
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
Interior of the cathedral Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte
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City Center - Porte
City Center - Porte
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Weather

Monday 27 february
Min. 6°C - Max. 14°C
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Tuesday 28 february
Min. 4°C - Max. 9°C
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Wednesday 1 march
Min. 3°C - Max. 11°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The village Mesves-sur-Loire and its priory founded in 1107, and its famous pottery (earthenware and stoneware of Mesves) with its old cellar of the 12th century priory.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Well-being massage at a relaxation centre
Well-being30 € to 55 € Montilly (45 km)
Visit the remarkable garden of Corbelin
Nature and the great outdoors5 € La Chapelle-Saint-André (45 km)
Binding, gilding and paper decorating course
Arts and Crafts120 € to 300 € Moulins-Engilbert (49 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Champlemy - Nolay
HikeIntermediate6h00Champlemy (36 km)
Around Châtillon-en-Bazois
HikeEasy2h00Châtillon-en-Bazois (38 km)
Circuit of the Three Valleys
Mountain bike itineraryIntermediate4h00Varzy (44 km)
Cultural tour around Entrains-sur-Nohain
Car itineraryEasy6h00Entrains-sur-Nohain (53 km)
Between meadows, vineyards and castles
HikeEasy3h00Besson (58 km)

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