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A city you can be proud to call home

A city you can be proud to call home

As the window to the city itself, the city centre was fully restored at the start of the new millennium, its marina, concert venues and various events making it a focal point of Verdun life.

Aerial view of Verdun
A far cry from the clichés

‘Verdun, a lively city’ is more than a slogan; it’s a reality. The unknowing visitor will be pleasantly surprised to discover that the city is a far cry from the way in which it is portrayed in history books. Arriving via the highroad up above Verdun you’ll be greeted with the sight of the Meuse running through a city surrounded by meadows and gardens with hills undulating into the distance.

Make your way into the centre and you’ll find the city really does make the most of its natural resources and historical heritage. The Verdun we see before us today is certainly a living, breathing city.

Pedestrianised precinct
A pedestrianised centre

The city centre is home to a plethora of vibrant shops and businesses, where the city’s commercial and trading tradition is still very much alive. With various car parks less than 2 minutes’ walk from the city centre, it is certainly convenient for both the locals and tourists to come here to shop or just explore the city, with its beautifully harmonious blend of tradition and modernity. Most of the streets in the city centre are pedestrianised or consist of wide, open areas edged with trees, specially-designed for pedestrians and cyclists, who can take the time to admire the city’s architecture and in particular the beautiful Art Nouveau-style façades created in the wake of World War I at their leisure.

Water jets
  The city’s waterfronts and events

The various fountains dotted around the city centre are a reminder of the significant presence of the river and the various canals in and around Verdun. An artificial river and symbol of life runs from the imposing Victory Monument out into the Meuse, where it becomes a huge water jet.

Over at the Quai de Londres and the Quai de la République, meanwhile, you’ll find the marina, a truly exceptional part of eastern France which spans this entire area and which attracts amateur yachtsmen right throughout the year.

Just in front of the water jet, on the banks of the Meuse, you’ll find a large amphitheatre where you can relax and watch the yachts coming and going in the marina. The large square overlooking the amphitheatre, meanwhile, is home to a wide selection of cafes and restaurants all with lively, colourful terraces.

The banks of the Meuse have become a popular hangout for both locals and tourists to the city. In fact, you’ll find plenty going on here in the way of festivals and cultural and promotional events right throughout the year. Such events include the Musiques et Terrasses Festival which takes place here early in the summer and consists of a series of free concerts put on every weekend in which both nationally and internationally-renowned groups perform.

A wide range of activities

Verdun may be a historic city but it also has plenty to offer in the way of leisure activities. Of course, no visit to Verdun is complete without exploring the city's history, but afterwards you might like to take a stroll through Japiot Park, visit the battlements and the old town, sample the local specialty, sugared almonds, or perhaps explore the citadel. For those of a more sporty persuasion there are also plenty of opportunities to try mountain-biking, horse-riding, fishing and even hunting in the city and the surrounding area.