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Lemptegy Volcano

Domaine(s) : Geology

Region : Auvergne

Picture taken from the balloon: « Quatre Vents »


In the heart of the Chaine des Puys, the Chain of the Volcanic Hills in the Center of France, Lemptegy Volcano team takes you in depth of a 100% natural volcano (actually there are two volcanoes: Lemptegy 1 & Lemptegy 2). The place has been dug to allow the extraction of scoria that were used as dark red to black construction materials (blockworks, bricks).
This old open pit quarry became a unique geological location: the extract of scoria allowed to clear two volcanic chimneys from where the magma was reaching the surface.
Scoria so extracted were for instance used to rebuild Normandy cities after world war 2.
Lemptegy volcano is labeled European Destinations of Excellence.

Pedestrian and train visits show you geological and human history treasures.
You will understand:
- what are the different types of volcanoes,
- what are the different types of rocks that were ejected and that were found in the ground, such as volcanic bombs
- how were created the different geological layers that explain the formation of the region
- how the location was dug whilst visiting the old mining machines

Vibrate with the dynamic movie “To the origins”: thanks to the 4D effects, follow Lemptegy volcano history and its neighbors’ ones, from their eruptions until today.
You will be able to enjoy the 4D show “The explosive mine”, exhibition space (industrial past, research works, rock specimens, …).

Visit takes about 2 and half an hour and has 4 steps:
- Pedestrian and train ways in the indepth of the volcano to understand how its working,
- 4D dynamic film “To the origins”,
- Funny 4D dynamic film “The explosive mine”,
- Exhibition area.


Pedestrian or train tour: Estimate 2 and half an hour to fully enjoy the volcano site and the 4D films.

Open to individuals from mid-February to November the 2nd.

Calendar of opening dates and times is accessible by clicking here.
Ticketing closes 2h30 before closure of the park.
Disclaimer : The management team of the destination has the possibility to change the opening days and hours without prior communication.


Genius Tour particularly appreciated this park, suitable for adults and children.

The site is partially open to people with reduced mobility and is labeled Tourism and Handicap.
Visiting the site by foot is easy even for strollers and for young children. It allows to benefit detailed explanations by regular stops.
At certain moments of the visit, you will have the impression of being in the middle of a Martian landscape! Red soil, rocks of all colors, impressions received are exceptional.
The walking tour is particularly interesting. The given explanations are accessible to children from 7 years, and can go more in the details for adults who want to dig some topics.
The visit in small train allows to have a peripheral view then to go to the heart of the site of slag extraction. One of the small trains also offers an audio-translation in many languages and if you wish it, offers also a comment that is adapted to the children.

Reception team is very pleasant, from the arrival and during the guided tour.

The originality of the site makes it possible to take some volcanic rocks of Lemptegy. Being able to compare the stones that you found adds to the interest of the visit.

On the park, there are possibilities of eating, in the Restaurant of the Volcano of Lemptegy, which offers you the discovery of regional and traditional dishes: sausage / aligot, truffade, salmon with lentils ...
The snack also offers sandwiches, salads, ...
It is advisable to book in advance (reservation on payment, until the day before your visit) on the internet or to the standard of the Volcano: +33 (0)4-73-62-23-25.
Group visits are possible, for schools, businesses or for private events.

A picnic area is set-up in addition to the restaurant (restaurant open from 12:00 to 14:00, the same opening days as the site, self-service).
A playground with inflatable structures, toilets for people with reduced mobility, a baby corner, parking + bus parking and a souvenir shop are also provided.
Parking is free

Warning: 4D dynamic animations are not accessible to people in wheelchairs, children under 4, claustrophobic people, heart or suffering from pathologies that can be aggravated by shaking. For pregnant women, it is possible to ask before the start of the film "Aux Origines" that the chair is not dynamic.

The phone site is accessible on the official homepage of the site by clicking here!

The prices are given by clicking here.
Note: Common tickets are available for both the volcano of Lemptegy and the stone cave of Volvic.


31 Route des Puys, 63230 Saint-Ours-les-Roches

- From the North: Highway A71 then A89 direction Bordeaux, exit Vulcania/Bromont
- From the South: Highway A75 then A89 direction Bordeaux, exit Vulcania/Bromont or via exit 'Clermont-Ferrand North'
- From the West: A89 exit Vulcania/Bromont
- From the East A72 then A71 and A89 exit Vulcania/Bromont or via exit 'Clermont-Ferrand North'

N 45°51'00'' E 02°54'-1''

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Partial view from the ground, The little train, Stroller ride - Pictures : Genius Tour

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