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Premiere Classe Hotels welcome you to the historical town of Cambrai.

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available 21 september 2017

PREMIERE CLASSE CAMBRAI - Proville
3 km from downtown
Wifi access Shower HandyRoom Free closed parking in the hotel

The 1-star Première Classe Hotel Cambrai – Proville is on the outskirts of Cambrai, a (...) see hotel description

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Cambrai is a commune in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in the north of France. It was an important city of the former Southern Netherlands. It has a long history of battles, weaving and was a music epicentre during the 15th century. The local cathedral was a musical centre until the 17th century and helped produced some of the country’s best musicians. Guillaume Dufay, probably the most famous musician in Europe in the 15th century, learned his craft at the cathedral from 1409-1412.

Despite the fact that many of Cambrai's buildings have been destroyed throughout its history, as a religious epicentre, the town's two most impressive sights are churches. Notre-Dame de Grace is an ornate Baroque cathedral situated in the heart of the city and the Saint Géry Church dates back to Roman times. This is a town full of architectural treasures and rich in history and culture.

A two-day break
Two days will give you just enough time to uncover the architectural wonders that this town has to offer. Spend the first day exploring the elaborate cathedral with its fleeting walls and character detail. While you are in town be sure to visit the glorious belfry, which has been added to UNESCO’s heritage list. There are 215 steps to the top but it is well worth the climb.

A week-long stay
In a week you can take your time discovering the reason Cambrai is so popular with tourists and locals alike. The Premiere Classe Hotel Cambrai is close to the centre, making it an ideal base from which to explore the city. Saint Géry Church is one of the town’s oldest buildings and contains the tomb of François Fénélon. The town hall dates back to 1918 and is a grand structure with opulent columns. If you want a taste of culture, visit the bustling open market for local specialities and souvenirs.

A family holiday
Children will adore the mystical castle of Selles. This 13th century castle was used as a prison between the 14th and 17th centuries. The walls inside are littered with graffiti left by the prisoners it once incarcerated. The swish public gardens are a great place for a family picnic and history lovers will adore the impressive Royal Gate and drawbridge.

Transport
Cambrai can be reached via the E19 from several cities including Arras, Lille, Paris, Brussels and Mons. You can also reach Cambrai via the E17 from Saint Quentin Lille and Arras. There is a good train and bus service within the town and car hire is widely available.

Gastronomy
Whatever your budget, Cambrai will have a dining spot to suit you. For authentic French cuisine, visit Le Domaine de Chavagnac, a delightful restaurant close to the tourist office. Try the duck magret and potatoes cooked in duck fat.

Events
Cambrai hosts numerous events and festivals throughout the year. Music, drama sports, you name it - there's something for you. For music lovers, why not give the International Boogie Woogie Festival a visit in January. Or, if you're feeling energetic, sign yourself up for the Cambrai Trail, a 1-15km run through the town's underground tunnels.

Interesting fact
There are two legendary characters that represent the city. They are called Martine and Martin. The characters are believed to have lived in the 1300s. In 1370 Martin, a blacksmith of Moorish descent, left the city, armed only with a large iron hammer, to fight the lord of Thun-Lévêque, a tyrant who was holding the city to ransom and persecuting its people. When Martin came face to face with Lord Thun he hit him so hard in the head with the hammer that, although his helmet didn't break he was left severely dazed and blinded. He quickly surrendered. The automatons of Martine and Martin stand at the top of the town hall and strike their hammers every hour as a reminder of that emancipating blow.

Useful links
Cambrai tourism site:
http://www.villedecambrai.com/

Cambrai tourist site:
http://en.tourisme-cambresis.fr/