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Amiens in a day

An “express” exploration of the city through its essential sights !






Notre-Dame Cathedral

Cathedrals are always a classic choice, but this one will stop you in your tracks and have you contemplating such an impressive monument, which has watched over the city for almost 800 years. And if you are lucky enough to be in Amiens between mid-June and mid-September, or during the Christmas market, you will get to see Notre-Dame in all its glowing glory at nightfall thanks to Chroma, a new unique and dynamic light show that will truly blow you away !


Top tip : climb the towers when the weather is clear for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city !


The Saint-Leu district

From all the way up there, you’ll be able to see the picturesque Saint-Leu district. Its canals are crossed by pretty bridges, allowing you to explore the district’s alleys and little colourful houses. In the past, this district was peppered with around twenty mills that provided energy for water-related trades: weavers, dyers, tanners, and millers were the beating heart of this medieval city.
Nowadays however, the lower town invites strolls, relaxation, and tastings, so don’t stay hungry long! Sit on a terrace at the water’s edge and soak up the scenery while enjoying a delicious ficelle picarde.


Top tip : for some of the most authentic photos possible, take the time to truly get lost in the district’s streets and alleys! Wooden houses, cobbled streets, and canals will add indisputable charm to your pictures !


The Hortillonnages


Just a stone’s throw from Saint-Leu, take a breath of fresh air in the Hortillonnages. You’ll set out on a flat-bottomed electric boat for these floating vegetable gardens; a true oasis of calm in a beautiful green setting. During your excursion, your boatman will guide you through this green, birdsong-filled jungle. Shh! You’ll fall in love with the calm waters and enveloping tranquillity.


Top tip : head to the Camon port à fumier and set off to conquer these mysterious islets like a modern-day Robinson Crusoes! The Hortillonnages d'Amiens International Garden Festival provides you the opportunity to browse contemporary works by artists and landscapers spread out around this natural site.