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01 Ain

AIN a département of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region; Préfecture:Bourg-en-Bresse

Capital: Bourg-en-Bresse the departement is named after the Ain River on the eastern border of France.
On the doorstep of Lyon, between the River Saône and the Rhône, Ain has managed to hold its own time and time again, leaving behind many beautiful buildings, tokens of its checkered past.

The Medieval Town of Pérouges, a former stronghold on what was a major trade route during the Middle Ages, has around 80 listed buildings within its double wall of ramparts. The town is classed as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”.
Château des Allymes, Bugey’s sentinel, stands as a reminder of the internal fighting that broke out between Dauphiné and Savoy.
At Fort l’Ecluse, one of the last-remaining mountain forts in France, visitors can discover several different centuries of military architecture on one single site.

Ain could be the set of an 18th century film. Trévoux, the capital of the Dombes, attracted booksellers and printers imbued with the spirit of freedom of speech of the Enlightenment, as a result of its extraterritorial status. And it was in Ferney-Voltaire that Voltaire took up residence. Château de Voltaire, nicknamed the ‘Inn of Europe’, was to become the meeting place of guests from all over Enlightened Europe.
Holiday accommodation in Ain: hotels, B&Bs, self-catering