Rendez-vous in Bourg-en-Bresse
Between Lyon and Geneva, between the Burgundy, the Beaujolais and the Alps, between the Bresse and the Dombes, the Bourg-en-Bresse community welcomes you in style. From the middle ages to modern architecture, via the renaissance and the Savoy period, the heritage of the Bresse capital hides many secrets. Tiered houses, art deco and renaissance facades, roman churches, lift a corner of the veil as you visit the city and countryside!
There's something for everybody
Not forgetting adrenalin filled sports and fun activities to discover nature in a new way... The gastronomic reputation of the Bresse region is already well known: Bresse chicken (PDO) is one of its best ambassadors. But the competition is stiff: frogs legs, Bresse blue cheese, Tarte Bressane... Fun guaranteed for all foodies. A change of scenery and a change of pace are guaranteed! Whether you're with friends or family, welcome to the Bourg-en-Bresse community.
Little stories of our history
- The Brou Royal Monastery with its majestic cloisters, the varnished roof tiles of its church and the lace-like stonework of its flamboyant gothic façade.
- The medieval houses of old Bourg, with their well conserved timbers and their drapery of flowers in the right season.
- The Hospital Apothecary Shop, containing a very rare and perfectly preserved laboratory open to today's visitors.
- The roman churches and Bressan farms, emblems of the history and daily life of the Bresse..Open your eyes wide! The heritage of the Bourg-en-Bresse community is hiding many secrets...
From Marguerite of Austria to Gustave Doré via the astronomer Lalande and Edgar Quinet, many women and men helped shaped today's city. Several tours, either self-guided, commented or animated allow you to discover the little stories of our history, and to learn about the crafts and traditions that still give rhythm to local life, from the 'conscripts birthday' to the 'Glorieuses de Bresse' and not forgetting the craftsmanship of Bresse Enamels.
Time for the taste buds
Bresse chicken (PDO*), Bresse butter and cream (PDO*), Bresse blue cheese, frogs legs from the Dombes, quenelles in Nantua sauce, Tarte Bressane : tickle you taste buds !
The breeders, producers and culinary craftsmen fervently continue the bressan gastronomic tradition by playing their ace – quality. The markets, full of colour and life, some of which still offer livestock for sale, are the best example of this. For the pleasure of the eye... and the taste bud!Many gastronomic events continue the theme of culinary pleasures throughout the year, from the legendary “St Cochon” (pig festival) to the unavoidable “Glorieuses de Bresse” - which celebrates the very best of local poultry - and not forgetting the Gastronomic Fair.
A hint for food lovers: many excellent restaurants offer you the chance to savour the best of the Bourg-en-Bresse community.
All year round, enjoy life! Here are some suggestions of top things to do... Bourg-en-Bresse and its surroundings are enlivened by many festivals: music in summertime with the Estivals de Brou, Tuesdays with the Organ, Thursdays at the bandstand and also "les Temps Chauds", and don't miss the Floralies (Flower Show), or more unusual events: a circus festival in the spring, a biennial show for Marionettes and a very original biennial of urban arts which combines contemporary art and gastronomy with panache.
When it comes to theatre the program is rich and varied, mixing dance, tragedy and comedy, music and even puppet shows. Also not to be forgotten are the summer visits of the old city which bring to life key events of the past through a series of historical reconstructions in the centre of the old town.
Sport is not forgotten either, with numerous sport and activity centres open to all, but also national and international events: the Tennis Cup, Tour de l'Ain cycle race and Jumping International.
Nature and well-being
Parks, gardens and fountains: Bourg-en-Bresse is a zen city! Also not to miss nearby: birds park, tracks in Bugey mountains, landscapes of Bresse, ponds in Dombes...Seillon national forest and its many blazed trails, the rivers and lakes open for fishing and swimming are all invitations to change your pace just a few kilometres from the town centre. Bourg-en-Bresse community is paradise for lovers of outdoor activities: golf, walking, cycling, horse riding, water sports and coasting or even... relaxing. With a partner, your family or friends, a breath of fresh air for everyone – at your own speed!
- By car
- Motorways A40, A42, A39
- By train
- Genève : 1h15
- Lyon : 50'
- Paris : 2h
- Strasbourg : 3h40
- By plane
- Lyon Saint-Exupéry : 80km (1h).
- Genève-Cointrin : 115km (1h30).
Office de tourisme de Bourg-en-Bresse Agglomération
6 avenue Alsace Lorraine
Tel: +33 (0)4 74 22 49 40
* PDO = Protected Designation of Origin