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Department map of France showing the location of Vienne.

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, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Maine-et-Loire, Deux-S�vres, Haute-Vienne.

Around Vienne

The department is named after the river Vienne, a tributary of the Loire.

Vienne Conseil G�n�ral.

Vienne Mairies

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, Vouneuil-sous-Biard.


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.

Poitiers Tourism Office:
45, Place Charles de Gaulle, 86000 Poitiers.

Poitiers Town Hall:
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.

L’Ile aux 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.

La Vall�e 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.

Les Geants du Ciel:
Watch the birds show off in the majestic surroundings of Ch�teau des Ev�ques, at Chauvigny.

Parc de la Belle:
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 river Belle.

Poitiers Accommodation

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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.

Vienne Tourism

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.

Tourisme Vienne:
Tourism in Vienne and Poitou.

Vienne Tourism:
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

Office de tourisme de Chasseneuil-du-Poitou:
Place du Centre, 86361 Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.
Tel.: 33 (0) 5 49 52 83 64

Office de 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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