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Amiens was almost entirely rebuilt after WWII and many visitors come because of its position during the First World War. Amiens occupied some of the most contested land in all of history, the Western Front. Modern Amiens is more than just a base and the best places to stay in Amiens will help make this a romantic and fun destination, as well as an atmospheric and historic one.
When Amiens was rebuilt the centre was kept car free, so the city's main sights around the impressive cathedral - the largest Gothic cathedral in France - are all within walking distance of each other.
The majority of sights people travel to Amiens to see are outside the city on the hills and plains of Flanders fields. There are beautiful, stark memorials to those lost on both sides and from the numerous different armed forces fighting for the Allies. Some of the most poignant places to visit are the tunnels at La Boisselle which were dug by soldiers in preparation for the battle of the Somme and the crater pocked battlefield and preserved trenches at Vimy Ridge.
Amiens isn't all about emotive reminders of the past though, this is very beautiful countryside. The estuaries of the river Somme and Canche are wonderful places for birdwatchers and the light here has that magical quality artists rave about - both Degas and Seurat painted its moods extensively.
What not to miss:
- France's largest Gothic cathedral.
- Birdwatching in the picturesque esturies of the river Somme and Canche.
- The tunnels at La Boisselle.
- The excellent Jules Verne Museum which occupies the writer's house.
- Europe's first skyscraper, the space-age looking Tour Perret.
- The regional ethnographic and archaeological museum, the Museum of Picardy.
- The Hortillonnages, Amiens' market garden, which has supplied the city since the Middle Ages.
The best places to stay in Amiens also make excellent stop-overs for those getting to and from the channel tunnel and ferries. So it's best to book early if you want to bag the best hotels.
For quaint B&Bs
Le Macassar is a luxurious Art Deco style B&B surrounded by romantic gardens. The two rooms and four suites are decorated in bright colours and some have murals. There are four public spaces, a Moroccan style den, the Majorelle room - named for the turn-of-the-century cabinet maker of the same name, the library and the gallery which are both Art Deco wonderlands. This is definitely one of the best places to stay for a romantic escape.
For an apartment or villa
- If you're travelling with family or a group of friends it may be a better option to book a villa or apartment. For a wide range of properties for all tastes and budgets we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.
- Amiens is near Charles-de-Gaulle airport (110 km) or the international Beauvais-Tillé airport (50 km). Amiens is 1 hour from Paris by train and there are more than 20 daily return trips.
- Weather-wise the best time to visit is the summer months from June to August with temperatures peaking in July around the mid twenties celcius.
- If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
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Best Hotels in Amiens
Le Macassar 6 rooms from £158Amiens
A luxury Art Deco B&B with beautiful rooms and romantic gardens. Rooms and suites are decorated in stunning colours with murals on the walls and all the mod cons. A charming Italianate courtyard and boxed hedge gardens. Romantic and close to the river. Children 12 and over only.Romantic BreakSights nearby - Villers Bretonneux, Thieval, and Vimy Ridge are all battlefields from WW1.Birdwatching - At the Picardy coastal area at the mouth of the Somme estuary.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Sawdays