GrandSoissons between nature and heritage

GrandSoissons a destination between nature and heritage

The GrandSoissons
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 the only wealth that abounds in this area, the first capital of the Franks. Easily accessible from Paris (1 hour by train), in Aisne, GrandSoissons offers its visitors a refreshing setting that invites them to discover its architectural heritage, its hiking trails, its activities for the whole family. A green and soothing bubble, GrandSoissons also has an overnight stay that will delight couples looking for a cocoon, as well as city dwellers looking for space and nature.

A country steeped in history
Soissonnais has been populated since the Neolithic and enjoys an incredibly well-preserved historical heritage that will give its visitors the feeling of a journey through time. From the Pierre Laye dolmens to the inevitable convent of Saint-Jean des Vignes, which passes through the bunkers of World War II, GrandSoissons offers a summary of the history of France.

Convent of Saint-Jean des Vignes
This 11th-century convent, which is a symbol of the city of Soissons, impresses with its towering spiers that are over 75 meters high. Of what was once one of the richest in France, the façade, the monks’ refectory, the cellar, the monastery and the outbuildings are still intact today. Free visits every day from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:30.

Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais Cathedral
Another jewel from the Soissonnais heritage, the cathedral allows you to admire 2 periods of Gothic: the first Gothic art with the southern arm of the transept and the classical Gothic for the choir and the nave. It houses several exceptional paintings such as “The Worship of the Shepherds” by Rubens. Free visits every day from 9.30 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 16.00.

The story of Soissons revisited by the street art of C215
Charmed by the city during a visit, this internationally acclaimed French artist returned to adorn it with his works. The street artist C215 is passionate about portraits and has produced 25 historical characters associated with the city, which must be discovered during an unusual and fun walk that will appeal to young and old. Routes available at the tourist office

GrandSoissons a destination between nature and heritage

Nature as a playground
The territory really oriented towards the outside, nature is present from the heart of the city of Soissons. Its axis towards the banks of the Aisne offers a walk from the center of town to the lock to discover it under another facet. Then, pushing it forward, the hiker is invited into the green surroundings of GrandSoissons, populated by charming and typical small villages to discover along 15 hiking and biking trails.

Pasly hiking trails
Of various difficulties, the 6 Pasly hikes invite hikers to an unforgettable experience in a flora with many protected plants.
And for animal lovers, it is not uncommon to encounter foxes, deer and why not small bats in the remains of troglodyte houses in the bend of a path.
“Two leagues from Soissons, in a charming valley, an admirable castle is still perfectly habitable.
It is the most striking home you can imagine.

The arboretum in the dungeon of Septmonts
Situated in the park of this former pleasure residence from the 14th century, the arboretum and its garden of aromatic plants are surrounded by an orchard with apple trees and vines reminiscent of the local wine-growing heritage.
This unique place had already at that time seduced Victor Hugo, who detailed its treasures in a letter to his wife.
Free visit, every day from 9.30 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 16.00.

Relaxing accommodation
After a breath of fresh air, make room for a well-deserved, high-quality rest. GrandSoissons has different types of accommodation: hotels, charming bed and breakfasts … Like so many cozy nests where you can take the time to recharge your batteries.

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

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