Five days in our Art and History land

Are you staying at the Green to visit the region? Excellent initiative! Are you on a business trip? Why not take the opportunity to get some fresh air and discover this beautiful region? Take a look at our suggestions for visits and excursions in the area.

1st day

Auvers-sur-Oise, the city where Vincent Van Gogh spent the last weeks of his life. You probably know the painting he painted of his church? Or those from the surrounding fields? Discover this beautiful village for yourself.

L’Isle-Adam, Balzac’s “earth paradise” is a city where it is pleasant to stroll: museums, river beach, covered market, etc.

Cergy-Pontoise is composed of two facets: Cergy the modern, bubbling with exhibitions and other events on the one hand, and Pontoise on the other: medieval, whose citadel dominates the Oise.

Are you more of a nature person than a city one? Let your steps – or your bike – take you across fields and along paths. Here are our tips for walks in the Vexin park.

2nd day

Go east and join Asnières-sur-Oise and the Abbey of Royaumont, which has been held there since the 13th century. This former monastery and its gardens welcome visitors and artistic events, both in summer and winter.

Take the opportunity to take a detour to Ecouen before returning to the Green. Visit the castle that houses the National Renaissance Museum.

Looking for water? Join Enghien-les-Bains – the only spa in Ile-de-France – and enjoy the lake. You can end the evening at the casino after attending some horse races at the racetrack.

3rd day

Explore the other side of the Vexin Français Natural Park. Visit the Boury castle and its beautiful park.

Change era by joining the medieval city of Gisors. You can visit its imposing castle and, if the period lends itself to it, hunt for treasures in its “fairs for everything”.

4th day

The painter Claude Monet lived in Giverny, not far from La Roche-Guyon. He painted the famous water lilies there. Visit his home and garden that inspired him so much!

Then pass through Vernon and do not miss entering the large collegiate church of Notre Dame. You can then push to the Bizy castle and its beautiful gardens.

Are you a fan of architecture? Don’t miss La Roche-Guyon, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Its imposing fortress has evolved over time, admirably combining different architectural styles.

5th day

Visit Ambleville castle and its beautiful terraced gardens, waterfalls and ponds.

Guiry-en-Vexin will delight archaeology enthusiasts with its museum dedicated to the – very old – history of the department.

Your stay is short and you don’t want to go too far away? We advise you on what to do in a weekend.

More inspiration? Visit the Vexin park tourism office website, which is full of ideas.

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