France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Laon, Aisne, France Guide
The "Montagne Couronée," or Crowned Mountain, is a lovely medieval city.




Laon, a medieval hilltop city of about 25,000 inhabitants, is the capital of the Aisne Département of the Picardie Region of Northern France, 155 kilometers (96 miles) northeast of Paris (map).

  Alleyway, Laon, France
  Narrow alleyway, Laon.

This lovely medieval city on a hill is well worth a visit, and is generally not packed with tourists.

You can easily visit Laon on a day trip by train from Paris, or as part of a driving tour of the World War I sites in the area.

Laon is an ancient city, called Lugdunum by the Gauls. It enjoys a strategic hilltop location, with the "crowned hill" or Montagne Couronée, topped by the Cathedral Notre-Dame. From the cathedral's towers there are lovely views of the town and the surrounding countryside.

Laon, France
View from the towers of Notre-Dame.

With its medieval walls and ramparts, its huge and beautiful cathedral, and its narrow streets and passageways, Laon is a fun and interesting place to wander and explore.

What to See & Do in Laon

Laon Hotels

Laon Transport

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Oxen, Laon cathedral, France

Above, Famous carved oxen on the tower of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Laon.





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