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Up at the top of the esplanade of the Dukes of Bourbon’s castle, you can begin by admiring the stunning view over the town. As you'll see, nestling at the mouth of the Cher, the old town is simply packed with ancient attractions to be discovered.
In Montluçon, listed as a "Ville d’Art" (town of art),discover the atmosphere of the medieval old town as you stroll around some 15 buildings listed or registered as historical monuments. Stroll through the district of Saint-Pierre whose church is home to one of the finest stone sculptures in France. Across the Cher River is the Church of Saint-Paul, with its rare metallic architecture.
Don't forget to admire the Louvière Castle, built in the style of Versailles’s "Petit Trianon", which is used to house temporary exhibitions. Another cultural must is the new MuPop Music Museum, paying homage to popular music from the last two centuries.
Named for the American president, the Wilson Gardens include a rose garden, grassy areas and a playground. To the south of the city, the Parc Saint-Jean offers diverse plant life including 400 trees surrounding its pond.
And to round off your visit to the area, sample the flavours of Montluçon with its Saturday morning market in the medieval centre, or visit the Brasserie Blondel for some local brewed beer, in moderation of course! Montluçon is a lively town with festivals throughout the year. In July, a jazz festival takes over the Cher River, and every other year the town goes back in time with a Medieval festival.