A spa resort in the Ile-de-France region
Enghien-les-Bains enjoys an outstanding touristic environment and represents an exceptional place for business tourism. It was built on the banks of a lake in a protected and natural setting among Second Empire and Belle Epoque villas and parks.
As the only spa resort in the Ile-de-France region, the town has also become a Greater Paris exceptional complex.
The town offers a raft of attractions, entertainment and events, a foot trail around the lake, an Art centre, a spa, a casino, a theatre, hotels, restaurants and a Jazz festival.
Enghien-les-Bains Tourist Office
From Enghien-les-Bains,there is easy access to numerous exceptional sites, among which we suggest you to visit:
The museum of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a protected and exceptional place, has kept all the charm of the philosopher’s house. The garden still shelters ‘the green cabinet”, in which Jean-Jacques Rousseau used to love having lunch, and the keep, his office, overlooking the Montmorency Valley. There, he wrote La Nouvelle Héloïse, Emile, and De l’Education but also Du Contrat Social.
Near the museum of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, you can discover the collegiate church of Saint Martin, a flamboyant gothic style church built at the beginning of the XVI century under the leadership of the Montmorency family to accommodate their sepulture. The collegiate church displays outstanding Renaissance stained-glass windows representing some of the most beautiful examples of this art in the region.
On your own, or with your family, the forest of Montmorency offers an exceptional spot for hiking and exploring places along the way, such as the hunting lodge or other remains of the past. You will find hiking and mountain biking trails and a long path for cycling or rollerblading. Incidentally, the forest of Montmorency is especially renowned for its chestnuts that you can pick up every year in October as 90% of its surface is planted with chestnut trees.
The village has a XVII century revolving windmill which has been listed by the historical monument society and which is the best maintained windmill in France. After undergoing a period of renovation in 2007, the windmill found its place back on the hill of Trouillet to renew the old tradition and enhance this prestigious protected place with the title of “artistic and picturesque site”.
The museum of boxing is the first museum paying tribute to this sport and possessing a cultural dimension as well as a sportive one. It houses one of the richest collections in France: some 8000 objects, paintings, small statues, trophies, games, toys, clothes, and shoes, all gathered there to present you the history of boxing since Antiquity.
The visit of the museum should be coupled with that of Utrillo-Valadon where the painter Maurice Utrillo’s life is retraced thanks to more than 30 of his paintings: oil paintings and drawings of the artist’s mother, Suzanne Valadon,along with accessories and personal objects exhibited in the workshop.
Here, it is good to walk along the Seine banks, following the trails of painters settled along the river. Come and discover the eclectic architecture dating back to the beginning of the XIX century and also the houses where some great artists such as Alfred-Marie Le Petit, Jacques Chardonne Albert Marquet, Roger Ikor, Paulette Dubost and many more lived.
Evidence of a glorious and prolific past abounds. Through the highlighting of its heritage, the town has set up a means of historic signalling, spread all over its territory.