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Organize your visit of Fontaines Pétrifiantes

Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire are open all year without reservation.

Going from the cave passing by the petrification workshops, to the petrification ladder, the tour takes about 55 minutes. A recreative, instructive visit meant for families: children and adults will discover the secrets of petrification.

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Opening hours of Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire

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9.30 am -12 pm / 2 pm - 6.30 pm

Self-guided tour of about 1 hour


9.30 am -12 pm / 2 pm - 6.30 pm

Self-guided tour of about 1 hour

8,5 €
Adult fare
+15 years
5,5 €
Child fare
7-15 years
-7 years
9.30 am - 12 pm / 2 pm - 5.30 pm
9.30 am - 12 am / 2 pm - 6 pm
9.30 am -12 pm / 2 pm - 6.30 pm
9.30 am - 12 pm / 2 pm - 7 pm
9.30 am - 7 pm

Opening hours 2024       Fontaines Pétrifiantes’ presentation flyer

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Visit without reservation of the Fontaines Pétrifiantes

Private free car park in Saint-Nectaire

Accessibility assured to accompanied disabled people

Dogs are authorized if kept on a leashe

Payment on the spot by credit card, cheque, cash

Written guides in english, dutch, german, spanish, italian and portuguese

Groupes (minimum 20 pers.)

We suggest to guide groups of adults and pupils on booking towards the discovery of an unusual phenomenon and a singular know-how: the Petrification handicraft.

School groups: that both pleasant and educational tour will allow pupils to learn in the real how some geological phenomenon turns rainwaters into remarkable springs.

Group fare 2024
7,50€/adults – 5€/children

Free for their guide and coach driver
Guided tour of about 1 1/4 hour. It is possible to obtain a guided tour in English or German only on pre-booking.

Groupes (minimum 20 pers.)

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    How to get to Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire?

    Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire
    1 Avenue du Docteur Roux
    63710 Saint-Nectaire
    GPS : 45.583004, 2.992492

    In the heart of the Auvergne volcano range, close to Clermont-Ferrand, the firm Fontaines Pétrifiantes is located at Saint-Nectaire le Bas, half way between the Romanesque church and the Tourist Board. At the foot of the Sancy Massif, we will welcome your family or friends to an unusual visite in Auvergne.
    Our free car parks situated on the road from Murol to Champeix are at your disposal while you visit the site Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire.

    Saint-Nectaire – Murol : 5 min     |     Saint-Nectaire – Besse : 25 min     |     Saint-Nectaire – Mont-Dore : 30 min     |     Saint-Nectaire – Issoire : 30 min     |     Saint-Nectaire – La Bourboule : 40 min     |     Saint-Nectaire – Clermont-Ferrand : 45 min

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    A strange journey awaits you during your visit at Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire. The circuit takes you into the underground world and the making workshops. The unique and ancestral know-how of that family atelier is revealed to you during that surprising visit that lasts less than one hour. Combining geology, subterranean stroll, know-how, transmission with innovation, that visit is just outstanding.

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    In the making workshops at the Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire, the Master Craftsman makes astonishing calcium items. He tomes the calcium matter into artworks from detailed decorative low-reliefs to calcium sculptures. Those items resulting from a French know-how are brilliant presents to offer. The encrustations and crystallizations are on sale in the visiting site in Saint-Nectaire only and also on the online shop.

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