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Company to visit à Saint-Nectaire

Les Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire

Address

1 avenue du Dr Roux
63710 Saint-Nectaire

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About

The hot springs that spring from the center of the earth give birth to a unique craft in the world: the art of petrification. Spend a timeless moment in the cave, the galleries, the manufacturing workshops and the Petrifying Fountain.

After an unusual underground getaway, the hot springs will lead you to the workshops in which the secrets of a craft unique in the world have been kept for 2 centuries.
The Petrifying Fountain with its surprising 14-meter waterfall will reveal to you the ancestral know-how of the craftsman in the exploitation of calcite. At the end of the visit, the petrifications will have no more secrets for you. You will then be able to appreciate the great diversity of the bas-reliefs and crystallizations created. Unmissable family discovery for young and old.

Sustainable tourism :
For 200 years, we have been promoting an intangible heritage that is unique in the world. The craft of Petrification highlights a natural phenomenon and contributes to the maintenance of thermo-mineral springs, caves and galleries in Saint-Nectaire. The values ​​of this family business are the respect of this environment, the highlighting of the human being who operates behind and the pleasure of sharing with you.

Portrait :
The Petrifying Fountains of Saint-Nectaire are a family and craft business, founded in 1821. Eric Papon, Master Craftsman in Petrification and current manager of the company, is today the only one to hold the secrets of a unique know-how. in the world.

We speak: German, English

Topics:

  • craft
  • Science and technology

Visit

Average duration of the individual visit: 50 min

Average duration of the group visit: 60 min

Minimum group size: 20 person(s)

Maximum group size: 55 person(s)

Customers

  • Reception of summer camps
  • Children from 6 to 12 years old
  • Young people from 13 to 17 years old
  • Cycle 3: elementary school (CM1, CM2)
  • Cycle 3: college (6th)
  • School groups welcome
  • Special family with children
  • Cycle 1: nursery school (PS, MS, GS)
  • Cycle 2: elementary school (CP, CE1, CE2)
  • Cycle 4: college (5th, 4th, 3rd)
  • High school
  • Children from 3 to 5 years old
  • Compulsory vaccination pass
  • Groups welcome
  • Higher Education

Visit languages

  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese

Individual visit services

  • Unguided individual tours permanently

Group visits services

  • Guided group tours on request
  • Mandatory guided group visits

Opening

Opening hours from December 17 to January 01, 2023
Monday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Wednesday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Thursday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Friday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Saturday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Sunday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Opening hours from 02 January to 05 February 2023
Tuesday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Wednesday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Thursday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Friday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Saturday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Sunday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Opening hours from 06 February to 05 March 2023
Monday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Wednesday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Thursday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Friday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Saturday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Sunday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Opening hours from March 06 to April 09, 2023
Tuesday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Wednesday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Thursday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Friday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Saturday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Sunday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Opening hours from 10 April to 02 July 2023
Monday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Wednesday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Thursday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Friday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Saturday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Sunday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.

Book Now

Guided tour from mid-June to mid-September.
Individuals: reservation not necessary.
Groups: reservation recommended.

Prices

Prices Min. Max.
Adult
6.8 € -
Kids
3.9 € -
Adult group
6 € -
Children group
3.5 € -
Adult
8 € -
Kids
5 € -

Payment method

  • Bank / credit card
  • Check
  • Cash

Services

Equipments

  • Toilets
  • Parking lot
  • Coach parking
  • Private parking lot

Services

  • Pet Friendly
  • Coach access
  • Motorhomes allowed
  • Shop
  • Permanent animator
  • Tourist Documentation
  • Guided tours
  • Online Shop

Home animals

Animals are accepted.

Reduced mobility

  • Adapted services for hearing loss
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
  • Lack of steps
  • WC + grab bar + circulation space
  • Site, building fully accessible

Physical disability

Accessible with support.

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