Laon town guide
Visitors by hire car will see Laon signed from the A26 Autoroute between the Channel Coast and Paris. It is South West of Amiens and North west of Rheims, about eighty five miles from Paris.
The area around Laon is probably one of the most fought over in Europe and there are many sites to visit depending on which era of history is the one which interests you.
In the town itself you might park your hire car near the railway station and enjoy a cable car ride on the POMA mini -metro up to the old city. Surrounded by ramparts which provide splendid views of the surrounding countryside, the old city dates from the twelfth century and it is easy to imagine knights in armour clattering through the narrow streets. A visit to the Chappelle des Templiers will give an insight into these times.
The Cathedrale de Notre Dame is another building which dates from the twelfth century with many later additions, the houses which surround the cathedral are fine examples of those built a mere four or five hundred years ago.
Laon was a favourite venue and source of inspiration for the artist Mattisse and examples of his work, mainly prints, will be seen in the shops of the town.
After a visit to Laon, use your hire car to explore the nearby hills of the Ardennes.