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Best Things to Do in Ermont for a Peaceful Vacation

By Subramanya - August 21, 2020
Ermont

Ermont is a commune in the outskirts of the French capital. Well connected to Paris with regular public transportation, Ermont is 40 kilometres away from Paris. It is the default choice for many travellers who are looking for short day trips in and around Paris. WIth Churches, Museums and cafes, it is quite a lively place to be in. Let us explore the best things to in Ermont for a promising and fulfilling vacation.

Best things to do in Ermont

  • Axe Majeur
  • Stade de France
  • Musée Jean-Jacques-Rousseau
  • Basilique de Saint-Denis
  • Château de Maisons
  • Musée Tavet-Delacour
  • Auvers-sur-Oise
  • Forêt de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
  • Paris Sights

1.Axe Majeur

Axe Majeur is one of the most famous architectural wonder and one of the best things to do in Ermont. The 3.2 Kilometers monument is a piece of art even though its not fully complete as per the initial plan. Set on the northern end of the village Cergy, the monument extends till the banks of the River Oise. Cergy, unlike the neighbouring french capital, is a quiet and peaceful village. Bright red footbridge, Gardens, 12 arching columns at the centre all form a picturesque view that one cant afford to miss out.

Cergy Columns
Credits: Google Imgaes

2.Stade de France

Here the one for football and sports fanatics. One of the largest stadium in Europe in terms of seating capacity and also its the stadium for the French national team. The stadium was build in 1988. If you are lucky, you will able to meet some of the big french stars during practices sessions. It will take roughly 30-40 mins to reach the stadium from Paris city centre. French national team won the 1998 world cup this stadium and hence stadium hols a special place in hearts of french people. we advise to book tickets in advance for any sporting events as french as passionate about sports and tickets tends to get sold out. The atmosphere of the crowd during sporting events is infectious and enthralling.

3.Musée Jean-Jacques-Rousseau

Located in the eastern part of Ermont is a beautiful manor where Jean-Jacques spend six years as he moved out of Paris in search of a peaceful location. Every corner of the house is filled with exhibits and can be a real inspiration for upcoming artists. They are games for children that will keep them occupied and engaged. It tops one of the best things one can in Ermont. It is advised to take a guided tour as signboards and descriptions are in french.

Opening hours

  • Sunday – Closed
  • Monday – Closed
  • Tuesday: 2pm – 6pm
  • Wednesday: 2pm – 6pm
  • Thursday: 2pm – 6pm
  • Friday: 2pm – 6pm
  • Saturday: 2pm – 6pm

4.Basilique de Saint-Denis

Basilique de Saint-Denis is the burial place of most french kings. The tombs of each Monarch paint a brief about their lifestyle and empire. If you consider yourself a history buff, this cathedral is full of intriguing and interesting tales. As far as architecture is concerned, it was the first cathedral in France inspired by gothic architecture. hence the cathedral holds a key place in french history. Opting for a guided tour will help you know more the french kings and vast history behind the cathedral. The gardens, monumental tombs and the rich history make this cathedral one of the best things to do in Ermont.

Opening hours

  • Thursday 10 am–6:15 pm
  • Friday 10am–6:15pm
  • Saturday 10am–6:15pm
  • Sunday 12–6:15 pm
  • Monday 10am–6:15pm
  • Tuesday 10 am–6:15 pm
  • Wednesday 10 am–6:15 pm

5.Château de Maisons

Just like Basilique de Saint-Denis bought in gothic architecture, Château de Maisons is the first point of reference for French baroque architecture. The architecture wonder was given shape by François Mansart and it took 21 years for its completion. The impressive artwork of monument still manages to attract history buffs from all across France.

Château de Maisons
Credits: Google Images

Opening hours:

  • Thursday: 10 am–12:30 pm, 2–5 pm
  • Friday: 10am–12:30pm, 2–5pm
  • Saturday: 10am–12:30pm, 2–5pm
  • Sunday: 10am–12:30pm, 2–5pm
  • Monday: 10am–12:30pm, 2–5pm
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10 am–12:30 pm, 2–5 pm

6.Musée Tavet-Delacour

Musee Taver – Delacour is a small Museum in the suburbs of Pontoise. It is more like a mansion than a museum but considering the comprehensiveness of artworks, it is nothing short of a museum. The museum consists of three floors and all three floors are filled with works for great artists like Knut Navrot, Léo Breuer, Henri Matisse and few eminent artists. The museum is 40 km from Paris and is well connected by metros.

Opening hours:

  • Thursday: 10am–12:30pm, 1:30–6pm
  • Friday: 10am–12:30pm, 1:30–6pm
  • Saturday: 10am–12:30pm, 1:30–6pm
  • Sunday: 10am–12:30pm, 1:30–6pm
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 4:30am–12:30pm, 1:30–6pm

7.Auvers-sur-Oise

This is burial ground of famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. The Charming hamlet is one of the underrated destinations and overshadowed by Paris. Few famous painters like Van Gogh, once they visited the destination decided to spend and dedicate their entire life to the hamlet such the beauty of this hamlet. It hardly takes 30 mins to reach the town through metros from Paris. Apart from Van Gogh, you can find the works of other reputed painters like Charles-François Daubigny. In short, the down will leave you mesmerised by artwork as well as nature.

8.Forêt de Saint-Germain-en-Laye

As the name suggests, it is a forest area on the banks of River Seine. During the rule of monarchs, the forest was used as a practice area for hunting. Now its turned into a web of avenues for people to explore various regions of forests. You will also witness a few historic monuments like the Château du Val, Hunting lodges on the line of the forest that was built for Louis XV.

Forêt de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Credits: Google Images

9.Paris Sights

Paris one of the most romantic cities in the world is just half an hour away from Ermont. The popularity of the monuments in Paris speaks for itself. Even if you are first times the probability of familiarity with monuments in Paris is high. To list down, Eiffel tower, Seine river cruise, Notre-Dame cathedral, Palace of Versailles are few of the must-do things in Paris. If you are going with kids, then you wouldn’t want to miss Disney land.

Palace of Versailles, Paris
Credits: Google Images

As you can see Ermont offers a lot more than you might have heard of. If you feel this article was helpful and planning for a vacation anytime soon, hop to Pickyourtrail.com and build your own customised itineraries. Also, check out France packages for exciting offers and itineraries. Drop a Whatsapp if you want to know more about Ermont and vacation planning.

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