Amiens The Essential
Amiens, the capital of Picardy, is home to the largest Gothic cathedral in France, which is twice the size of Notre Dame in Paris and has been designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The little cobbled streets around it give the city a medieval appearance. To the north, the canals of Saint Leu are reminiscent of Amsterdam, while to the south, 19C rows of terraces mingle with features of post-war urban planning, symbolised by a tower: the Tour Perret. Finally, the charming marsh gardens (hortillonages) can be visited by boat.