The Axe majeur
This symbolic place offers an unrestructed view on the river Oise and Paris. Imaginated and achieved by Dani Karavan, the Axe majeur embodies the cultural identity of the town.
Nearby, you can spot the biggest clock in Europe withits eleven meters diameter wide overlooking the dowtown center.
The leisure resort and Port Cergy
Cergy-Pontoise owns the biggest parisian marina. Port Cergy is a bustling area with terraces, cafés, pubs and restaurants surrounding the marina with searesort atmosphere. This is a relaxing and laid-back holiday place in the heart of the city.
Nearby, you can walk over the bridge leading straight to the leisure base and its lakes. Throughout the 250 acres of waterways and wildlife, you can enjoy a wide range of watersports : canooing, sailing, waterskiing, top tree trails, fishing...The leisure base is a heaven of peace where you can enjoy a family walk or a friendly barbecue during a week-end break.
The leisure base offers facilities for the disabled with a large amount of sports carefully supervised with adaptated equipments.
Discovering Pontoise, « Ville d'Art et d'Histoire »
The city offers walks and strolls along the banks of the river Oise. You can discover picturesque villages such as : Cergy village, Eragny, Jouy-le-Moutier, the Hautilwood and so on.
Pontoise also organised guided tours depicting the history of the town throughout visits into underground passages viz quarries, extracting pits, vaults, stairs with rope, medieval military works as well as monuments, squares and streets.
En suivant Pissarro
The Camille Pissarro museum.
Located in a bourgeois house on the site of the medieval fortress overlooking the river Oise, the museum presents temporary collections including Pissarro's works and his sons (Lucien, Georges and Ludovic Rodo) and also Daubigny, Guillaumin, Signac, Hayet, Piette, Cezanne, Caillebotte, Goeneutte or Thornley). If you want to know more, please join the guided tour called « on the tracks of Pissarro » organised by the Tourism board. Then, you will see the landscapes as seen by the artist vision and now exhibited all over the world.
The Camille Pissarro museum
The Tavet Delacour museum
Housed in a fifteenth century listed building, formely belonging to th Great Vicar of Pontoise, the musem tavet Delacour now exhibits the historic collection of the town, a modern art and temporary collections and finally a nineteenth century collection of landscapes painters.
The Tavet Delacour museum
Le 'jardin des cinq sens » - The garden for the five senses
Located on the hills of Pontoise, this garden scattered with perrenials and surrounded by hedges is a real shelter. Especially designed for the blind, you will find a Braille labelling tour enabling the links between the name of the plants and his texture or scent.
The garden for the five senses
In Saint-Ouen l'Aumône, a visit to the Maubuisson abbey, a contemporary art site, is a must. This abbey gathered the buildings and remains of the cistercians abbey 'Notre dame de Royale » founded in 1236 by Blanche de Castille.
Nowadays, the few magnificents rooms left have been refurnished as a modern art gallery.
Above all, you can't miss the vaulted sacristy, the parlour, the nunnary and the capitular room. You can also visit the barn, the chapter house and the old latrines.
Parc de l'abbaye de Maubuisson
Office de tourisme de Cergy-Pontoise Porte du Vexin
The regional Natural Park of the french Vexin
Cergy-Pontoise is one step to the Regional Naturel Park of french Vexin, a preserved area, ideal for walks and leisures offering a wide range of sports, cultural and touristic activities.