Neuilly-sur-Marne (93), its charming promenades along the banks of the river, its marina and Guinguettes delight the inhabitants of Neuilly-sur-Marne.
The name comes from « Nobilia-cum », from the common name « novale/is » which refers to the clearings carried out along the banks of the river Marne. Neuilly-sur-Marne has maintained traces of dwellings and artisan production dating from theStone Age, and written proof of its existence dates from 998. A « Villa » a large property and land belonging to a lord were recorded as being donated to the monastery Fossés Saint-Maur. In the twelve century, Foulques of Neuilly preached the Fourth Crusade here. Construction of the church Saint-Baudile was his work initiated in 1118. This beautiful monument showcases the transition from Roman to Gothic. A guided visit of the water treatment plant will deliver its secrets to help you understand all the steps of water treatment from the Marne to the taps in your apartment. A fine example of the French touch, French advanced technology exported worldwide. Many artists including Cézanne, Pissarro, Zola, Hugo, Flaubert, used to frequent the banks along the Vaires Canal.
Surrounded from east to west by the banks of the Marne - developed for walks and cycling - with several sport and water sports activities , a reception center with 60 places, the only international camping site located in Seine-Saint-Denis as well as a bowling alley, all is done to welcome guests and tourists. Do not miss lock 16 at Chelles canal which gives access to pedestrian and cycling trails, a footbridge and a « green corridor » taking walkers and cyclists to the Parc de la Haute-Ile adapted for leisure and sport. The park is classified Natura 2000, the wide paths and alleys are ideal for cycling, rollerblading, rambling etc... a playground for children and space for fauna and flora.
On the banks of the river Marne the countryside atmosphere makes you forget you are in a town ; it is the perfect setting to spend some days between land and water ! Guinguettes and restaurants are not too far from the river. Do not forget to check out hotels in Neuilly-sur-Marne or, for a budget friendly break close to Paris on fine summer week-ends, try out the camp site... on an island !
The Maison-Blanche psychiatric hospital and the psychiatric museum located in Ville-Evrard Hospital. This site is surprising not just in the building itself but also in the history of the famous or not so famous patients who stayed there and their talent sometimes called « outsider art ».
In summer, the Marne River becomes the stage for summer festivities such as : les Passeurs de Marne, Passeurs de rives. Go to the mooring pontoon to cross the river from one bank to another, it is also an opportunity to go on a short cruise and discover the charms of the river and its little known fauna and flora.