Auvergne is a land with castles and lodgings. Moreover, of these many monuments open to visitors, eight are to be discovered in Livradois-Forez, as well as a remarkable dwelling. Along the Route des châteaux en Auvergne, immerse yourself in the medieval history of this beautiful part of the Massif Central. From the medieval fortress to the ruins full of dreams to the romantic residence, each shelters a different atmosphere.

Livradois-Forez: castle and lodgings in Auvergne for a journey through time

Salon in Vollore in Livradois Forez.
The castle of Vollore-Ville: living residence of the descendants of General de La Fayette.

The historic Route of the castles of Auvergne passes through Livradois-Forez. It thus highlights nine monuments: the castles from Aulteribe, Ravel, de the barge in Courpiere, Martinanches in Saint-Dier-d'Auvergne, Montmor's, Mons in Arlanc, from Vollore, Busseol to Vic-le-comte, and the abbey house of Moutier in Thiers.

Aulteribe Castle Livradois-Forez
The magical castle of Aulteribe, part of the Center des Monuments Nationaux

To each his particularities : for example, here furniture and paintings among the most beautiful in France. Or terraced gardens embellished with centuries-old yews, designed according to very old plans. Or unique painted coats of arms, moats still in water, a rich collection of prints, armor from the XNUMXthe century. Elsewhere, the vivid memories of families and famous people in a castle in Auvergne: like General Lafayette at the castle of Vollore, a favorite place for Vollore Concerts.

Château in Auvergne: a word, a character


To start: Vollore Castle dated XIIe in the XVIIe centuries is the "living home of the descendants of La Fayette". Because it is a remarkable site, a refined decoration, historical memories: several centuries of history await you.


A family home still inhabited, surrounded by moats. That of Martinanches is a real fairy tale castle in Livradois-Forez. Open to visitors, you can even spend a night there. I promise, you won't sleep for 100 years.

The Martinanches in Livradois-Forez. A remarkable castle in Auvergne with a moat
Martinanche Castle


In the mons castle, dated XVIIe century, you can discover a remarkable collection of prints of the XVe in the XVIIIe centuries. Also within its walls: an Italian grand staircase, and a large Henri IV fireplace.


À Ravel, the royal fortress of the XNUMXthe century, remodeled in the XNUMXthe century, offers a beautiful view of the Chaîne des Puys from its gardens. Inside, admire the exceptional heraldic frieze representing the coats of arms of the greatest families of Auvergne.


À Mauzun, you are visiting one of the most important fortresses in Europe, which is called "the Giant of Auvergne" because of the size of its walls and the number of its towers. In addition, in the XIIIe century, the castle of Mauzun represented the most successful formula of medieval military architecture.

Mauzun in Livradois-Forez. Giant fortress of Auvergne.
Mauzun Castle


La Montmorin fortress of XIe and XIIIe centuries is perfect for a movie set. Indeed, it hides an arms room and a bedroom furnished as in medieval times. And since it's a defensive set, you enjoy a remarkable view, a panorama of Livradois-Forez. Montmorin, a medieval treasure in Auvergne.


Le Aulteribe castle store objects and high quality artwork. It also presents stamped furniture from the best parisian workshops of the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries. Explore its gardens and discover its rich furnishings.

Yet another castle to visit in Auvergne?

Visit route of the castles in Auvergne

To conclude, on the margins of the Route, rise many other castles open to visit. Viverols, Chavaniac-Lafayette, la Chassaigne, Coppel, Auzon, Barante, Vaulx, Allègre… You also have the choice of going off the beaten track. Just like the whole of Auvergne which is a land of castles, the historic route show it then nearly thirty-five, accessible to the public. So much so that in the four departments of Allier, Cantal, Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme, the road counts 300 to 000 visitors each year.
So, do you want to attack the castles of Auvergne?