City Guides

Welcome to Saint Etienne

Saint Etienne was the industrial capital city of Europe in the 19th Century, and since then has built itself a reputation as a city of innovation and design. This was recognised in 2010, when Saint Etienne gained membership into UNESCO’s Cities of Design network. Making it the only city in France and only the second city in Europe to be awarded this status.


Another key characteristic of the city that you will feel on your visit, especially when you are going to watch a match in the RWC, is the resident’s passion for sport. The city is filled with sports fans, with generations of die-hard supporters of their local football team. Although the smallest host city, the city does not lack any culture or passion!

SAINT ETIENNE highlights

Saint Etienne - NP

National Parks

The Pilat Regional National Park is a mountainous area of countryside that spans across 65,00 hectares. The landscape is home to a number of animals and plants, churches, castles and traditional dwellings.

Saint Etienne - Design

Cite du Design

Appropriately named for a museum within a city known for design, is Cite du Design. It has a number of temporary exhibitions and a futuristic greenhouse. Its located just a 15-minute walk from the City Hall Square.

Saint Etienne - View

Mining Museum

Musee de la Mine is a museum where you can explore the lives of the miners who worked in the former mines of the Saint-Etienne basin. The museum shows what life was like and even has a restored mining train.