Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, Burgundy: tourism & sightseeing
Visit Chateauneuf-en-Auxois (Burgundy, France)
The village of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois is 30 kilometres south-west of Dijon in the Cote d'Or department of Burgundy, and is listed as one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'. Often simply called Chateauneuf, the village was once an important stopping point on the pilgrimage route through the region. It is best known for the castle in the town - the Chateau de Chateauneuf-en-Auxois - which once played an important defensive role for the road leading to Autun.
Chateauneuf-en-Auxois is an attractive hilltop village, with the chateau at one end of the low rocky spur on which the village stands and dominating the rest of the village.
The original castle here dates from 1132 when the medieval fortress was built. In the 14th century during the Hundred Years War the substantial towers and defensive walls were added, and then the castle was again substantially modified and the living accommodation added in the 15th century, to make it a more pleasant place to live.
This makes a visit to the castle at Chateauneuf-en-Auxois very interesting, with significant parts of the castle from each period clearly visible. The large square keep tower is the oldest part of the castle and the carefully furnished living accommodation the most recent.
The surrounding village also developed around the castle during the 12th - 15th centuries and many of the houses to be seen date from that time. Chateauneuf-en-Auxois contains many fine merchant houses from that period, built in the local yellow-white stone and having several interesting features and decorated facades to discover as you walk around.
The church, built later than the castle, is also worthy of a visit: it was in the 15th century when the castle abandoned its defensive role and became a private residence that the church was built.
Some of the bars in Chateauneuf have terraces with great views so allow yourself time to relax during your visit!
Close to Chateauneuf you can visit the Chateau de Commarin, a 17th century castle surounded by a moat and richly decorated in the 18th century although we found the entrance price of eight euros rather expensive given the very limited access to the castle rooms during a visit.
Map of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois and places to visit
Visit near Chateauneuf-en-Auxois with France This Way reviews
... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Cote d'Or
Chateauneuf-en-Auxois is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France || GPS: latitude 47.216, longitude 4.6417
Plan your visit to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, Burgundy
Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Abbaye de la Bussière: remarkable garden (6km)
- Parc et jardin du château de Barbirey sur Ouche: remarkable garden (10km)
- Beaune: ville fleurie 4* (26km)
- Cirque du Bout du Monde: site of natural beauty (26km)
- Hospices de Beaune (Beaune): religious monument (26km)
- Parc et jardins du château de Sully: remarkable garden (26km)
- Dijon: secteur sauvegarde (32km)
- Autun: secteur sauvegarde (39km)
The French version of this page is at Chateauneuf-en-Auxois (Francais)