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Auvergne : at the heart of nature

Regions and cities Working and succeeding in France Auvergne

Its volcanoes and thermal springs of exceptional purity give it its reputation. Its regional products, with their distinctive flavours have decidedly made it famous. Discovery of the very colourful Auvergne.

Things to know

The union of industry and the earth

Auvergne owes its name to the Gauls of Arvernes of which Vercingetorix is the most famous. An agricultural and stockbreeding region, Auvergne is home to a large network of small businesses as well as some big industrial names like Michelin. 

Some of the companies in the region

Auvergne

For more information, consult the Invest in France Agency’s website

Cultural heritage

The cutlery of Thiers

A symbol of the social and economic history of the region, cutlery (notably the manufacturing of knives) is an institution. It has made Thiers the French capital of the knife for more than 6 centuries. Every year, 60 million pieces come out of the city's factories and workshops. 

Exceptional sites

The Chaîne des Puys

Inseparable from the image of Auvergne, the Puys mountain chain stretches out nearly 50 miles and offers a profile of 80 domes and craters. With its rounded summit and 1,465m of altitude, the Puy-de-Dôme, a volcano reminiscent of Mount Pelee in Martinique, is without a doubt its most famous representative. 

Lifestyle

Vichy

Its water doesn't need to be advertised anymore… As of the 16th century, visitors have been flocking to the city to take advantage of the waters. The stays of the Marquise de Sévigné and the daughters of Louis XV are legendary. However, it was in the 19th century under the impetus of Napoleon III that Vichy really blossomed. 

Gastronomy

Gastronomy

With its cheeses, Le Puy green lentils, cooked meats and famous beef, Auvergne offers distinctive flavours. These dishes are enjoyed with a wine from Saint-Pourçain.

Events and festivals

Vulcania

Re-enactments and extraordinary shows take visitors all the way to the depths of the volcanoes… This amusement park, the only one of its kind in Europe, strives to be both fun and educational.