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Vichy Office de tourisme
19 rue du Parc Vichy

Tel:+33 (0)4 70 98 71 94
Fax:+33 (0)4 70 31 06 00

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Vichy is one of France's foremost spas which shot to fame in the 1860s when Napoleon III started taking the waters.  Its sulphurous springs are said to cure rheumatism, arthritis and all manner of digestive disorders.  As a result, a large number of elderly, genteel French citizens holiday here.  

The ageing visitors may put you off but the town retains a real 'fin-de-siecle' charm.  The grand old Thermal Establishment built in 1900 has now been transformed into a shopping mall and the Parc des Sources has a delightful bandstand where afternoon concerts are played.  To the north of the park you'll find the focal point, Le Palais - an iron-framed greenhouse where people sit, read & chat.  If you want to sample the waters yourself head to the beautiful bronze taps called the Célestin on bld du President Kennedy (the only spring that is widely bottled and drunk).

For those looking for more active pursuits head down to the lake which has become a centre for all sorts of sports and special events.  Historians among you will find little of Vichy's World War past and in particular Pétain's role in aiding and abetting Nazi Germany - this seems to have been carefully concealed with the old government seat now an anonymous building.

What to See - Vichy Attractions

Château de Cordes
approx 3km N of Vichy, 03200
a 17th century château with French style gardens
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Easter-Oct | Tel: +33 (0)4 73 65 81 34

15km north of Clermont-Ferrand, 63200
step back in time to the Middle Ages in the ancient capital of the Auvergne

Salle d'Opera
rue du Casino, Vichy 03200
operas, concerts, dance performances staged here
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Once a week in summer | Tel: +33 (0)4 70 30 50 50

Historical Tours
Tourist Office, 19 rue du Parc, Vichy 03200
discover the history of Second Empire Vichy and WWII on this fascinating walking tour
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mid-Jun to Mid-Sep | Tel: +33 (0)4 70 98 71 94

Thermal Baths
Les Celestins, 111 blvd des Etats-Unis, Vichy 03200
beauty, massage, slimming & fitness programmes
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily apart from Sun pm | Tel: +33 (0)4 70 30 82 00

Bellerive Bank, Vichy 03200
one of France's most prestigious racecourses
| Admission charge | Opening Times: May - Sep | Tel: +33 (0)4 70 32 47 00

Musee d'Art Roger Quilliot
Place Louis Deteix, Clermont-Ferrand 63000
superb art museum with sculpture, paintings through the ages
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)4 73 16 11 30

Musee de Vichy
15 rue du Marechal Foch, Vichy 03200
houses a collection paintings, sculpture a few telegrams sent by Petain after 1940
| Opening Times: Tue-Sun (14h00-18h00) | Tel: +33 (0)4 70 32 12 97

Musee Lecoq
15 rue Bardoux, Clermont-Ferrand 63000
an impressive natural history museum
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep: Mon-Sat; Oct-Apr:pms; Sun year round | Tel: +33 (0)4 73 91 93 78

Eglise St-Blaise
rue de la Tour, Vichy 03200
Art-deco style church built between 1925 and 1936

Musee Bargoin
45 rue Ballainvilliers, Clermont-Ferrand 63000
Gallo-Romain artefacts to be discovered here
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)4 73 91 37 31