La Chaise-Dieu (±30 km)
La Chaise Dieu is situated on a wide plateau at an altitude of a 1000 meters. A remote village with majestic buildings.
You can vist they wonderful church of the abbey, "Église abbatiale Saint-Robert", an abbey of the Benedictines from the 11th century. At the end of august the reknown festival for classical music with musicians of international fame is organized here.
You can visit the echo-hall, "Salle de l’Écho" where two whispering persons with backs turned to each other in opposite corners can hear each other clearly. Possibly this hall was used in the Middle Ages for taking the confession of leprous people.
The terrain around La Chaise-Dieu is well suited for hiking, horseriding or donkeytrips and of course the mountainbiker can let himself go.
From Ambert you can also reach La Chaise-Dieu by touristic train Agrivap www.agrivap.fr