About Amiens, France
Divided by the Somme River, Amiens is one of France’s northern cities. Best known for its medieval belfry, and the Gothic Amiens Cathedral, Amiens is great for both tourists and locals. Amiens has a population of just over 139,270. Elements to enjoy included the floating market gardens along the city’s canals, the narrow streets of Quartier St. Leu, the shops, and cafés. The city also boasts one of France’s largest university hospitals, with a 1200-bed capacity. Economically, Amiens is a renowned service center and industrial hub.
Popular Destinations in Amiens
Looking for activities once your private jet arrives in Amiens? Within its 19.10 square miles, Amiens has many memorable sites, cultural exhibits, and places of interest. Below are some of the most popular attractions:
Cathedrale Notre Dame: This is, without a doubt, the top choice when it comes to sightseeing. At 145 meters long, it is also France’s longest Gothic cathedral.It was originally constructed to house the skull of St. John the Baptist back in 1220. Directly behind its Baroque high altar is a 17th-century statue known as the Crying Angel (or Ange Pleureur). Architectural connoisseurs will have lots to explore with the immense interior, unity of style, and the soaring Gothic arches.
Tour Perret: Completed in 1954, the Perret Tower stands at 110 meters tall, and is Western Europe’s tallest building. It is made of concrete and faces the train station. The tower was designed by Auguste Perret, a Belgian architect. Perret was an accomplished architect, whose work also included the planning of the postwar port Le Havre.
Maison de Jules Verne: As its name implies, this structure was once home to science fiction writer Jules Vern, and is now a museum in his honor. The author resided here from 1882 to 1900. It is under the eaves of this turreted home that Vern composed some of his best-known pieces of work. Those visiting the Maison de Jules Verne get a look into Verne’s fertile imaginations through posters, prints, and models. For non-French speaking visitors, the ticket desk offers a detailed English guidebook.
Beffroi dAmiens: Beffoir d’Amiens is a particularly interesting monument located in Le Fil, the center-most part of Amiens. A German bombing in 1940 almost robbed Amiens of this impressive, early 1400s belfry. Thankfully, it has been restored since then. A new frame was instated onto the belfry in 1990, and now it currently stands at 52 meters tall
Marott’Street: Sipping champagne over the wine cellar might not sound like anything out of the ordinary, particularly for many chic,thirtysomethings. Unless, of course, you are sipping that wine atop a clear, glass-tiled surface. It’s on Marrott’Street (Rue Marotte) where you will find incredible structures and buildings. One such place is an old insurance building, originally constructed in 1892 by Gustav Eiffel’s architectural firm. This building features the glass surface, but there are many other places to visit on Rue Marrotte.
Le Retrovise: 1930s Paris will come to mind upon visiting Le Retrovise, a classic French restaurant. Sipping a cocktail or indulging in a meal is ultra-relaxing in this delicious eater. The terrace, located right alongside the canal, offers a perfect view of the cathedral’s spires. In addition to the plethora of menu options, a variety of freshly-made vegetables dishes are offered at Le Retrovise.
Marche sur les eaux: Marche sur les eaux translates to The Water Walk. Now on dry land, this once floating market features Hortillonnages-grown vegetables and fruits. Just as in the days of yore, boats transport produce sellers (dressed in traditional garb) and their wares to this spot every third Sunday in June.
Luxury Lodging in Amiens
Seeking luxury accommodations once your private jet has arrived in Amiens? Amiens has a wide variety of luxury lodging facilities.Below are some of the highly rated ones:
- Appart’City Amiens Gare Catehdrale
- Campanile Amiens Centre-Gare
- Hotel Le Prieure
- Hotel Marotte
- Mercure Amiens Cathedrale
Airports In or Nearby Amiens For Private Jets
Amiens has an impressive number of airports that can serve different private air charter needs. These include:
- Beauvaus-Tille Airport (BVA):This international airport, in the commune of Tille, is one of the busiest in the country. It handles over four million passengers a year. It is located 35 miles away from Amiens and sits at an elevation of 360 feet above sea level. It has two asphalt runways measuring 7,900 and 2,300 feet in length. These are designated in the 12/30 and 04/22 directions respectively.
- Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG): Located around 90 miles away from Amiens, Charles de Gaulle Airport is one of the major aviation hubs in France. It is a centerfor many international airlines including France’s official carrier. The airport sits at an altitude of 380 feet above sea level, and has four asphalt runways, two of which are 2,700 feet in length and two that are 4200 feet in length. The airport serves more than 60 million passengers annually.
- Lille Airport (LIL):Lille Airport is located around 90 miles away from Amiens. It stands at an altitude of 157 feet above sea level, and has two asphalt runways measuring 1,500 feet and 2,800 feet in length. The airport serves around one and a half million passengers a year, and accommodates both commercial and private air traffic.
- Paris Orly Airport (ORY): Orly Airport in France is a major international airport located 112 miles away from Amiens. The airport sits at an altitude of 291 feet above sea level, and has three concrete runways measuring between 7,800 and 10,800 feet in length. These are designated in the 02/20, 06/40 and 08/26 directions respectively. The airport serves more than 24 million passengers annually.
- Amiens-Glisy Aerodrome (QAM): This is a local airport that does not serve any commercial airline. It can be used by chartered and private jets. The airport is located 10 miles away from Amiens, and stands at an altitude of 208 feet above sea level. It has one asphalt runway measuring 4,265 feet in length and a grass runway measuring 2,900 feet.
- Aerodrome Abbeville (XAB): This airport is located around 60 miles from Amiens, and sits at an altitude of 220 feet above sea level. It has one asphalt runway measuring 4,100 feet in length, and designated in the 02/20 direction. It also has two grass runways measuring 2,900 and 1,800 feet in length. It does not provide any scheduled commercial services, and is mainly used for recreational purposes.
- Peronne-St Quentin Airport (XSJ):This is a local airport that does not serve any commercial airline. It can be used by chartered and private jets. The airport is located 35 miles away from Amiens, and stands at an altitude of 470 feet above sea level. It has one composite runway designated in the 09/27 direction.
- Arras-Roclincourt Airport (QRV):This airport is located around 70 miles away from Amiens, and sits at an altitude of 337 feet above sea level. It has one grass runway designated in the 05/23 direction, measuring 3,300 feet in length. The airport can therefore only accommodate very light aircraft.
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