With an area of 6,990 km�, the d�partement
of Vienne is located in the r�gion of Poitou-Charentes.
The pr�fecture is Poitiers and
the sous-pr�fectures are Ch�tellerault and Montmorillon.
Neighbouring departments are Charente,
Maine-et-Loire, Deux-S�vres, Haute-Vienne.
The department is named after the river Vienne, a tributary of the
Vienne Conseil G�n�ral.
Most of the Town Hall websites are only available in French.
B�ruges, Biard, Buxerolles,
Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, Fontaine-le-Comte, Mignaloux-Beauvoir, Saint-Beno�t,
Poitiers is the departmental capital of Vienne and regional
capital of Poitou-Charentes.
Poitiers, twinned with Northampton and Lafayette, has more than a
hundred steeples and 2,000 years of history.
45, Place Charles de Gaulle, 86000 Poitiers.
Situated on a rocky promontory between the Boivre and Clain rivers, Poitiers is located in
the Seuil du Poitou geographic zone which separates the Parisian basin to the north from
the Aquitaine basin to the south.
Attractions Near Poitiers
There are a number of 'theme parks' in the area to keep even the
biggest child amused.
Futuroscope: (Futuroscope Hotels)
Located just north of Poitiers, exit 28 on the A10 motorway is just two minutes from the
Parc du Futuroscope main entrance; for fun and a different view of the world with
twenty-first century, movie technology. Closed in January.
Serpents: (Snake Island)
Route de Montmorillon, 86290 La Trimouille.
Snakes, iguanas, varans, alligators, lizards, turtles and mangeese dwell in a scenery made
of caves and green vegetation. Visitors can discover the 50 species, including 250
animals, living in a replicate of their environment.
des Singes: (Monkey Valley)
View some 350 free-roaming monkeys at Le Gureau, Romagne; south of Poitiers, between
Gen�ay and Civray. The chimpanzees island is the biggest territory in Europe, where
the animals can find a part of their food in some artificial mounds and edible plants.
Geants du Ciel:
Watch the birds show off in the majestic surroundings of Ch�teau des Ev�ques, at
Parc de la
Located in Magne, near Gen�ay, the Belle Floral Garden is blooming with more than 20,000
plants, trees and varieties of flowers across six hectares of land on the banks of the
Sort Poitiers Hotels by: Hotel
Hotel Continental: 2
Boulevard Solferino, Poitiers.
Conveniently located near the the station, the 39-room Hotel Continental is just a short
walk from Poitiers city centre.
30km south of Lyon, Pays
Viennois has 18 villages and small towns situated along the Rh�ne river and circling
Vienne from the east. Different historical, cultural and leisure sites highlight the
interest and the touristic value of this 2,500-year old area.
Tourism in Vienne and Poitou.
Cours Briller, 38200 Vienne
The Office de Tourisme de Vienne et du Pays Viennois put out a PDF file in English, French
and German. Also available in Italian and Spanish.
Tourist Offices Around Vienne
Office de tourisme de Montamis�:
Maison de la For�t, 86360 Montamis�.
Tel.: 33 (0) 5 49 56 59 20
de tourisme de Chasseneuil-du-Poitou:
Place du Centre, 86361 Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.
Tel.: 33 (0) 5 49 52 83 64
tourisme de Saint-Beno�t:
3, Impasse du prieur�, 86280 Saint-Beno�t.
Tel.: 33 (0) 5 49 88 42 12
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