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Visiting tour

Petrifying cave, volcanic springs, making workshops, petrification ladders...

Come and discover the master craftsman’s know-how within an unusual visit!

After a short incursion into the cave, you will stroll along the hot springs to the making workshops. There the secrets of a unique-of-is-kind artcraft have been preserved for 2 centuries. You will discover the craftsman’s ancestral know-how : the petrification craftsmanship. The Petrifying Fountain, with its amazing 14-meter-high waterfall will delight all your family. By the end of the visit, the calcium creations will not hold any secrets for you. You will be able to appreciate our wide range of low-reliefs and crystallizations.

Organize your visit : opening hours, fares and practical information

The tour of the Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire


Geology room

Explaining the connection between the volcanic upheavals and the petrifying springs

Go back in time through a scientific and educational approach


Petrifying cave

Subterranean immersion very near the geological phenomena

Marvel at the 52°C-hot springs


Filtering gallery

Discovering the ingenious filtering method of the thermal mineral springs

Follow the surprising course of the volcanic waters


Making workshops

Unveiling the creation stages and secrets within the workshops

Comprehend the homemade know-how of our atelier


Video room

Video showing the ancestral gestures held by the Master Craftsman

Welcome into the heart of the making workshops

History room

Get to know the atelier's living heritage

Meet the 7 generations of seeking craftsmen

200-year gallery

Circuit about marking figures and events of petrification

Skim through 200 years of history, discoveries and family sharing

Innovation room

Creative potential of the calcium matter on show

Find out about the craftsman's latest creations


Petrifying Fountain

Understanding the craftsman's mastery of the physical-chemical process

Facing the petrifying ladder, wonder at its 14-meter height



Calcium creations on sale. Possible free entry.

Take a close look at the variety of our artistic creations

The visiting circuit

Go for a thorough discovery of the Fontaines Pétrifiantes on a loop that takes about 55 minutes to make. Our pleasant and educational approach will meet everyone’s expectations. With your friends and family, that cultural and unusual visit is not to be missed if you come to Saint-Nectaire and the Sancy Massif. Not far from Le Mont-Dore and a few minutes away from Murol, the site Fontaines Pétrifiantes must be included in your holiday programme. The whole circuit is indoors. The hot springs warm up the petrifying cave for a temperate and confortable visit of the Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire.

Organizing your coming to the Fontaines Pétrifiantes

The Atelier Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire is a major visiting site for your your holiday as a family or with friends. Located in the heart of the natural reserve of Auvergne volcanoes, only 1 hour away from Clermont-Ferrand, that business visit lasting about 55 minutes will please young and old people. The Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire is opened all year round without advance booking. Opening hours and entrance fees are available. Accessing to the circuit is adapted to everyone (disabled people, people in wheelchairs, children in pushchairs..).

Purchassing a decoration calcium artwork

In the workshops at the Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire, the caclium matter is used to an artistic purpose. The mastercraftsman in Petrification uses volcanic springs to implement his know-how Thermal mineral springs got harnessed and canalized to the petrifying fountain. The calcium low-reliefs depicting religious or mythical scenes, reproducing famous paintings,… are finely detailed. The calcite crystals also allow the making of decoration items with a shiny/glittering finish.

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