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Famous for its textile industry that has been thriving since the Middle Ages and its grand Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame, Amiens is a popular tourist spot among those interested in history and culture. Indeed, it is one of France’s oldest towns home to one of the principal tribes of Gaul.
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Guide to Amiens
Amiens is the capital city of the Somme department in Hauts-de-France, in the northern part of the country. It is approximately 120 km from Paris and 100 km from Lille. It is located on the banks of the Somme River.
Climate in Amiens
Amiens has an oceanic climate, which is typical of the north of France. You can expect relatively mild winters, cool summers, and moderate rainfall year-round.
Culture & history
TThe first people to settle in the area occupied by present-day Amiens are the Samarobriva ("Somme bridge"), a branch of the Ambiani tribe.
As a city of key geographical importance, Amiens was fought over during both World Wars.
Things to do in Amiens
Admire the historic buildings
The quaint and charming town of Amiens is a treasure trove of attractions for culture and history buffs. Start with the Notre Dame Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in the world, before swinging by Tour Perret, the first skyscraper built on the continent.
Explore the Jules Verne Museum
If you happen to be interested in engineering marvels and literature, you will love the aviary and naval machines conceptualised by the city’s most famous science fiction author at the Maison Jules Verne. It’s a compact museum displaying Verne’s ingenuity. Other excellent museums you can visit include the Musée de Picardie, which showcases art and antiquities from across several centuries, and the quarters of Saint-Leu and Saint-Maurice, which boasts an inventory of hundreds of historical monuments from the region, a real treat for archaeology-lovers.
Take a day trip
If you’ve got a car and would like to take a jaunt into the prehistoric times, you can take day trips to attractions like the WWI Battlefields of Somme and Samara Park, both of which are located within 30 kilometres from the city. Amiens is also just a couple of hours’ drive from Paris.
Eating out in Amiens
While in Amiens, must of the local delicacies you must try include macarons d'Amiens (almond paste biscuits), tuiles amienoises (chocolate and orange curved biscuits), pâté de canard d'Amiens (duck pâté in pastry, la ficelle Picarde (an oven-baked cheese-topped crêpe), and flamiche aux poireaux ( a puff pastry tart made with leeks and cream).
Some of our top restaurant recommendations are: La Table de Dary, Au Quotidien and Miam's Amiens.
The closest airport is Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) in Paris. A regular bus route operated by TGV connects Amiens to the airport.
Getting around Amiens
Aside from TGV, Ametis also operates a bus network in Amiens. The Gare d'Amiens train station connects Amiens with many cities across France and Western Europe.
Many visitors also opt to hire a car for maximum flexibility, comfort, and convenience. Amiens’s location at the crossroads of key autoroutes A16 and A29 also make travelling by road a breeze.
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