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Chauny - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Aisne

Chauny is situated on the river Oise, in a fertile valley that some authors call "The Golden Valley".

This city is heir to a prestigious past. Presumably the city arose after the destruction of the Roman city of Condren and invasions of the Vandals and Huns in 407 and 451.

Chauny does not always carried the same name, Latin writers call Calniacum to become later in the charters of Kings Calny, Causni, Caunes and finally Chauny.

Over the centuries, Chauny was often invaded.

In Gargantua Rabelais described it as a city full of zest and verve. Chauny has retained its reputation as successful and dynamic city.

Located in the heart of a vibrant industrial area, its economic development starts in the late 18th century ice warehouse built in Saint-Gobain.

Since 1822, its mission is affirmed through the manufacture of soda.

In 1835, the famous physicist and chemist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, who now runs the local laboratory, shows that chlorine is an element and isolated cyanogen.

In 1917, the city is completely destroyed with dynamite by the Germans and will be gradually rebuilt until 1930.

The legend of monkeys Chauny:

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude49.6155760 (N 49° 36’ 56”)
Longitude3.2194210 (E 3° 13’ 10”)
AltitudeFrom 42m to 96m
Surface area13.28 km²
Population12258 inhabitants
Density923 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLaon (34 km, 39 min)
Insee code02173
IntercommunalityCC Chauny Tergnier

Nearest cities & towns

Ognes2 km (5 min)
Viry-Noureuil2.8 km (6 min)
Autreville4 km (7 min)
Neuflieux4.5 km (8 min)
Sinceny4.9 km (10 min)
Caumont5.2 km (9 min)
Abbécourt5.3 km (9 min)
Bichancourt5.6 km (9 min)
Villequier-Aumont5.6 km (9 min)
Marest-Dampcourt5.6 km (9 min)
Condren5.9 km (11 min)
Pierremande6.2 km (11 min)
Béthancourt-en-Vaux6.7 km (11 min)
Commenchon7 km (11 min)
Tergnier7.3 km (13 min)

Things to see and do

Chauny The city was completely rebuilt in the years 1920-1930 in the Art Deco style. Therefore you will find buildings of a particular style as the station, indoor market, City Hall and especially the interiors and the hall that are most representative.

Two churches are also of this period: the church of Saint Martin in 1927 and founded the church of Notre Dame in 1930.

Random Street you will also find large mansions, but also looking up, you will see the facades of some buildings, frescoes, sculptures and drawings that reflect the rich history of Chauny.

The municipal museum offers 300 rooms including a geological collection, another of flints, the remains of Gallo-Roman pottery, a Merovingian sarcophagus, seals dating from the French Revolution, of earthenware Sinceny and the order signed by Louis 18th in 1814 that restored the arms of the city.

The park "The Walks", built on the ruins of the ramparts of the old city, has a fitness trail, but it also hosts the Jeu de Paume and a set of Arc.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Performance halls

Events and festivities


City Hall
City Hall
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Cultural Center Forum
Cultural Center Forum
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Media Library
Media Library
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The pool
The pool
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The Office of Tourism
The Office of Tourism
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Thursday 19 october
Min. 12°C - Max. 20°C
Friday 20 october
Min. 11°C - Max. 17°C
Saturday 21 october
Min. 11°C - Max. 17°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Carriage or horse ride along the country roads
Nature and the great outdoors25 € Trefcon (28 km)
Maiden parachute jump
Sports sensations260 € Estrées-Mons (32 km)
Hire a licence-free live-in boat on the Somme
Nature and the great outdoors1352 € to 1491 € Cappy (48 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Tribune of British Officers
HikeEasy3h00Dernancourt (58 km)
The Battle of Le Cateau
HikeEasy5h30Le Cateau-Cambrésis (59 km)


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