Visit Gerberoy (Picardy, France)
The village of Gerberoy is located towards the west of the Oise department of northern France (hence in the Picardy region). It is found in proximity of Rouen (west), Amiens (north-east) and Beauvais (east).
Officially classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France', Gerberoy is best known for its picturesque 17th-18th century cottages. Many of these are half-timbered while others are built in traditional brick. The narrow streets and alleys through the village also contain an abundance of flowers and gardens (especially roses and wisterias) that line the streets and clamber up the buildings.
Together these elements combine to make Gerberoy a very attractive village to explore with the period from late spring to the end of July the best time to to visit if possible to see the flowers at their best. Even better, visit on the third sunday in June when the Gerberoy flower festival takes place.
Interestingly, the transformation of the village from quiet backwater to popular tourist attraction took place at the start of the 20th century and was due to one man, an artist called Henri le Sidaner. Sidaner moved here and planted roses both in his own garden, elsewhere in Gerberoy, and around the ruined fort, starting a trend among the villagers and the re-birth and rediscovery of this once important medieval town.
Even today you are likely to see artists following in Sidaner's footsteps and quietly painting pictures of the pretty streets.
Apart from the pleasures of simply strolling through Gerberoy, there are also a few historical buildings to see, including the 15th century Collegiale Saint-Pierre.
You can also follow the walk around the ramparts that originally defended Gerberoy, from where you can see also the gardens around the ancient fortress; and the 18th century town hall, which is now a local museum.
Photos taken within 10 km
Tourist classifications for Gerberoy
Gerberoy is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Gerberoy, Songeons, Beauvais, Oise, Picardy, 60380 || GPS: latitude 49.535, longitude 1.850556
Map of Gerberoy & places nearby
Highlights close by
Chateau Gaillard 45km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Gerberoy, France
- Abbaye Saint Germer de Fly (Saint-Germer-de-Fly) - religious monument (11km)
- Mureaumont - ville fleurie 4* (12km)
- Parc Saint Paul - theme park (16km)
- Cathédrale Saint Pierre (Beauvais) - religious monument (20km)
- Beauvais - ville fleurie 4* (21km)
- Forges-les-Eaux - recommended detour (24km)
- Parc du château de Digeon - remarkable garden (27km)
- Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais de Gisors (Gisors) - religious monument (29km)
- Lyons-la-Foret - most beautiful village (32km)
- Remerangles - ville fleurie 4* (33km)
The French version of this page is at Gerberoy (Francais)