Nevers, tourist and religious city
The Hotel de Verdun is ideally located for all your tourist activities in Nevers in the department of Nièvre 58, in the south of the Burgundy region.
Whether you come as a professional or a tourist, whether by car, on foot following the GR654 by Nevers for the route to Santiago de Compostela, or by bike to go down the Loire by bike or up either to EuroVélo 6 or to join the canal du Nivernais, you can enjoy both the culinary attractions of Nevers and its history.
Nevers, a religious city
In all the districts of Nevers, you will find a church. In the city centre alone, you can visit the 11th century Romanesque church of Saint Etienne, the
church of St Pierre and its magnificent paintings, including a painting of the Le Nain brothers, the cathedral of St Cyr Ste Julitte, partially destroyed during the Second World War and whose restoration work is still ongoing.
You can also visit the church of Saint Gildard where Bernadette Soubirou’s body is visible. Benadette Soubirous, born in Lourdes, has lived most of her life in Nevers. His body has remained almost intact and is visible in the chapel. Outside, a cave representing that of Lourdes has been created for pilgrims to pray in. In July 2016, the sound and light around the life of Bernadette Soubirous was inaugurated, but unfortunately it will no longer be played for lack of financial resources.
Nevers, a city of tourism and history
The Ducal Palace, considered the first castle of the Loire, dominates the city of Nevers alongside the cathedral of St Cyr Ste Julitte. Two series of ramparts had been built to protect the city in the Middle Ages, some of which can still be seen through the Porte de Paris, a mini triumphal arch, Place de la résistance, the Goguin Tower facing the Loire, the Porte du Croux, next to the Musée de la Faïence, and the ramparts between this gate and the Goguin Tower, as well as along the Loire River.
In terms of catering, you will have a wide choice of restaurants all offering good value for money with excellent meat from the region, Charolais. In confectionery, the specialty is Négus, a soft caramel that does not stick in the teeth. The name Negus comes from an Ethiopian king who came to Nevers at the beginning of the 19th century and whose city created a confectionery in his image.