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Visiting Cergy Pontoise

Cergy-Pontoise University is ideally located in the west of Paris, in the Val-d’Oise department. It’s a short distance from central Paris (30 kms) and easy to reach. Moreover, it’s in a pleasant environment, a student area, both easy-going and dynamic, with : 22,000 students in its 14 higher education establishments, more than 44,000 firms of which 800 are foreign companies, 16 cinemas, 19 museums, 3 theatres, music halls and festivals and the Cergy-Pontoise recreational park (250 hectares, of which 150 are for water and land sports).                                                                                                                                

The Saint-Maclou Cathedral of Pontoise

Build during the XIIth century. A must to See : His stained glass windows of  the XVIth, XIXth and XXth century.

The couvent of the "Cordeliers" of Pontoise

Auvers sur Oise Castle / Impressionnists Museum

Discover Daubigny, Pissarro, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Monet...

Abbaye de Maubuisson 

Build in 1236 by Blanche de Castille, mother of King St Louis.


With 185,000 inhabitants, Cergy-Pontoise is a vibrant community offering a host of cultural, sporting and leisure activities.

Set in a natural environment characterised by the ‘blue’ of the Oise river and the ‘green’ of the many parks & gardens, the city entices visitors with a rich heritage of historic sites and modern architectural designs.

The two local news magazines "Douze comme une" and "Sortir" provide details of cultural and sporting events going on locally.

A day in Cergy-Pontoise...
Start your day with an invigorating walk across the Axe Majeur park.
Take in the view of the city, the architectural monuments and Paris. On a clear day you can see the Eiffel tower.
Then take a refreshing dip in the Axe Majeur pool before enjoying a well-deserved lunch at the Cergy port.
In the afternoon, you can go to the Utopia cinema at Pontoise, then take in a fencing lesson at the university and end the day in music with a concert in the Observatoire hall.

Here are some cultural events that are not to be missed in the Cergy-Pontoise area !