Le Creusot


Le Creusot (pop 24,400) is an industrial town that is hardly known for its beauty. Instead, most French would relate Le Creusot to the Schneider iron and steelworks company thatpioneered the invention of the locomotive in 1838, steamship in 1839 and artillery industries by developing field guns for WWI. Le Creusot’s steel-making prowess can be attributed to the flow of the nearby Saône and the Loire rivers; as much of the coal deposits, used to be transported via the Canal du Centre which was built in the 18th century. Hence, most Le Creusot’s key history dates back to its 19th century’s Industrial Revolution. 

If you are interested in finding out about the steel-making giant Schneider, pop by the Château de la Verrerie. This 18th century private mansion was once built as a glassworks factory by Louis XVI, but was sold to the Schneider family in 1838. The building became the administrative centre, providing housing, schooling and clinics for their workers of the Schneider Steelworks Empire. These days, the stately building functions as a museum venue, housing the Musée de l’Industrie [+33 385739200 http://ecomusee-creusot-montceau.fr/ ad/ch 6/Free] which documents the lives of those who toiled in the huge steelworks company, and the Académie François Bourdon [+33 385808151 www.afbourdon.com/ ad/ch €6/3.80] which houses models of the Schneider contraptions, such as locomotives, vessels and bridges. The surroundings of the castle are also a sight to behold with its numerous sculptures, fountains and beautifully landscaped gardens. There is also an 18-hectare park located right behind the mansion- open all day long.   

FRANCE BURGUNDY SAONNE ET LOIRE Parc des CombesWhile in Le Creusot it is worth visiting the forested family-oriented Parc Touristique des Combes [Rue des Pyrénées, +33 3 85552623, www.parcdescombes.com/] that has a fun touristic Train des combes as well as a roller coaster and carts. 




LA CRUISOT:   1. Tourist office  2. Train station  3. Château de la Verrerie (inc Musée de l’Industrie & Académie François Bourdon)  4. Parc Touristique des Combes

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