Visit Beaune (Burgundy, France)
Beaune is a town in the central Burgundy region between Dijon and Autun. Best known for the wine produced in the region Beaune is a pleasant place to explore. The old town is quite compact, based around the medieval hospital complex, and with several streets of shops and old buildings surrounding the center.
The principal attraction in Beaune is the Hotel-Dieu. Found in the heart of the walled old-town of Beaune, the Hotel-Dieu was a hospital in the 15th century, and has now been immaculately preserved and renovated. I can't help wondering if a 15th century hospital was really quite so immaculate at that time...
On entering the Hotel-Dieu, first walk around the cobbled courtyard to admire the steep decorated rooves on the arcaded buildings, then enter into the carefully furnished kitchen and ward interiors - in particular see the grand 'salle des malades'. Other highlights in the Hotel-Dieu complex are the wells, the kitchens and the ancient pharmacy.
Elsewhere in Beaune spend some time strolling around the other parts of the old town and its surrounding ramparts. En route you will also see some medieval half-timbered houses.
You can visit the Church of Notre-Dame, which has some impressive 15th century wallhangings (tapestries) relating the story of the life of the Virgin Mary.
The clock tower in Beaune, dating from the 12th century, is a classified historic monument.
There are also several museums in Beaune including the Museum of Wine (find it to see the building even if you don't plan to enter - the 15th century building was once the meeting place for the Burgundy dukes); the Musee des Beaux-Arts; and the Jules-Marey Museum (for early video photography).
Even if you are not interested in wine be sure to visit Dijon. About 40 kilometres north-east of Beaune it is our favourite town in Burgundy and a visit is highly recommended.
Photos of Beaune
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Tourist classifications for Beaune
Beaune is classified as a village in bloom (ville fleurie) 4*
Address: Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, 21200 || GPS: latitude 47.025, longitude 4.8397
Map of Beaune & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Beaune, France
- Hospices de Beaune (Beaune) - religious monument
- Abbaye de la Bussière - remarkable garden (23km)
- Chateauneuf-en-Auxois - most beautiful village (26km)
- Parc et jardin du château de Barbirey sur Ouche - remarkable garden (26km)
- Chalon-sur-Saone - secteur sauvegarde (26km)
- Parc et jardins du château de Sully - remarkable garden (28km)
- Dijon - secteur sauvegarde (36km)
- Quetigny - ville fleurie 4* (38km)
- Château d'Arcelot - remarkable garden (48km)
Market days in Beaune: Regular market(s) are held in Beaune each Wednesday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Beaune (Francais)