Visit the Towns and Villages of Burgundy
Villages of authentic charm
Burgundy has something for everyone, whether you are looking for a great conference venue or a family holiday, a lively city break or a relaxing stopover. Our way of life may reflect Burgundy’s rich history and heritage, but we also offer the very best in business facilities, contemporary culture, and dynamic events.
Located between Paris to the north, the Riviera to the south, and the Alpine peaks to the east, Burgundy is an ideal place to stop over during a longer journey or to enjoy a short break in itself. The regional capital of Dijon – once home to the powerful Dukes of Burgundy – combines historical sites with a vibrant café society and some stunning contemporary art.
But each town offers its own individual atmosphere. Enjoy the cultural attractions, restaurants and shops of Beaune and Macon, Nevers and Auxerre. Or relax with a spa treatment in the health resorts of Bourbon-Lancy and Saint-Honoré-les-Bains. And don’t just book an overnight stay – linger around for a while to discover our glorious countryside, peaceful waterways, and friendly people.There are no huge cities in Burgundy, just towns built on a human scale where the emphasis is on quality of life. Enthusiastic shoppers, habitués of café terraces, and lovers of shows or late night clubbing will find what they are looking for in Dijon, the capital of Burgundy. But towns of infinite charm such as Beaune, Auxerre, Mâcon and Nevers also have much to offer.
Dijon is the ideal place to be if you want to combine culture, gastronomy and sightseeing! The capital of Burgundy has a lot to offer: Take your time walking around the ancient streets in the historical city center, taste the world-renowned Dijon mustard during a guided tour, or go on an excursion through the most famous vineyards in Burgundy – and taste their wines, too!The best way to enjoy the various tourist attractions of Dijon and the wine-growing area of the Côte de Nuits is the “Dijon-Côte de Nuits Pass,” available in 3 versions: 24-hour, 48-hour, and 72-hour. With this pass, you will have privileged access to the main sites, monuments, and guided tours. You will also be entitled to free access to public transport and discounts in about 60 shops in the city centre.
Auxerre, capital of lower Burgundy, is situated on a hillside beside the Yonne River, at the beginning of the Nivernais Canal. From the bridges and the right bank of this river, every night during the summer you can admire the monuments which are highlighted by a sound and light show in the cathedral: Saint Etienne’s Cathedral, occupying an important place in art history with its wall paintings in its 11th-century crypts; Saint Germain’s Abbey, one of the most beautiful monuments of the European Carolingian art with its 9th-century crypts; the Clock Tower, an elegant building with sundial and moon dial and the pedestrian area which is the second-most-conserved area in Burgundy; and finally, old half-timbered houses in the Quartier de la Marine, all of which contribute to the interest and intrigue of this city.It is no surprise that Auxerre has been a part of the prestigious “Cities of Art and History” network since 1995. Furthermore, the beautiful Nivernais canal can be sailed up to Decize. Enjoy Auxerre’s countryside with a lunch cruise and admire its vineyards. And do not forget, the prestigious wine-growing area of Chablis is just 15 minutes away by car! Enjoy, and taste (with moderation), the marvelous white wine known around the world. Come and discover our lovely and surprising town and its surroundings!
Tourist Office 2 avenue Charles de Gaulle 71400 - AUTUN
Phone: 0 11 33 3 85 86 80 38
Fax: 0 11 33 3 85 86 80 49
Located in the heart of Burgundy and at the border of the Morvan Regional Natural Park, Autun is the best starting point for your guided tours, discovery journeys and your stays. With its 2000 years’ history, Autun has a rich cultural heritage. Do not miss the tympanum of the Last Judgement at St. Lazarus’ (St. Lazare) Cathedral, the ‘Temptation of Eve’ (Tentation d’Eve) at the Rolin museum and the Gallo-Romans monuments (the Temple of Janus, the Town Gates and the Roman theater)
Known as the ‘Capital of Burgundy wines’, Beaune is perfect for a short break as well as a base for exploring Burgundy. A gateway to the most beautiful French vineyards, Beaune is a paradise for wine lovers. Here, a wine tasting session is a must! Whether you are passing through or staying a while, the town’s wine cellars offer you a large choice of tastings and/or wine lessons.Take a stroll through the medieval town centre and admire the town’s highlights, such as the Hôtel-Dieu, a 15th-century hospital that has been immaculately preserved and renovated, the Notre-Dame church with its 15th century tapestries, and the Wine Museum, recounting the history of wine and vineyards.Beaune is only two and a half hours from Paris on the high-speed TGV train.
MACON AND THE MACONNAIS AREA
Mâcon and the Mâconnais welcome you. From relaxation to discovery, from walks to adventures, the mâconnais area welcomes you with open arms and offers many a source of pleasure. You can choose between the coolness of the Saône front or a walk in the forest, a sporting activity, the discovery of a rich and varied cultural heritage, good food and wonderful wine cellars….The urban and architectural wealth of Mâcon is witness to its rich history.The Maconnais area offers activities for families of all ages: Discover the prehistoric Rock of Solutré (made famous by President François Mitterrand’s annual visits), either on donkey back, or walking and cycling en famille.
Overlooking the Loire, Nevers is known today for the Magny-Cours F1 race track, but it is also a Burgundian town of great architectural interest and a major hub for religious tourism.Explore the historical center by following the ‘Fil Bleu’, a blue line painted on the pavement taking you to the principal sites of the town. Admire the exceptional pottery collections at the Municipal Museum (during the 17th century, Nevers was the capital of French pottery).Taste the famous Nevers caramel delicacy, the ‘Négus’, at the ‘Au Négus’ pastry shop.Meditate at the Espace Bernadette, dedicated to Saint Bernadette Soubirous, to whom the Holy Virgin appeared at Lourdes.Go carting on the famous automobile circuit of Magny-Cours.