Burgundy places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Burgundy region. See also our Burgundy travel guide.

Anzy-le-Duc (Saone-et-Loire)

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Much the most visited site in this pretty village is the Priory of Anzy-le-Duc

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Autun (Saone-et-Loire)

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After exploring Autun with its old town, cathedral and roman ruins you can visit the site of Bibracte, site of the Gauls capital city 2500 years ago

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Auxerre (Yonne)

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With its cathedral and churches, and extensive historic centre with half-timbered houses and an imposing belltower Auxerre is a very interesting town to visit

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Avallon (Yonne)

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Avallon is a very pleasant town to explore with some very imposing medieval buildings, and the countryside of the Morvan Regional Park is very close by

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Beaune (Cote d'Or)

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Beaune is the centre of the famous wine region of the same name, with a visit to th 15th century Hotel-Dieu the highlight in the town

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Beze (Cote d'Or)

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Although small the village of Bez is very pleasant to spend an hour exploring

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Brancion (Saone-et-Loire)

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Quiet now, in the 15th century Brancion was an important regional centre - hence the monuments in the town

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Chablis (Yonne)

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Best known for the very famous wines of the same name, Chablis is also a pleasant village to explore with plenty of opportunities for wine-tasting

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Chalon-sur-Saone (Saone-et-Loire)

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The pedestrianised town centre and cathedral will form the centre of your visit to the Burgundy town of Chalon-sur-Saone

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Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc (Yonne)

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The 15th century castle at Ancy-le-Franc was one of the very first renaissance style castles to be built in France

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Chateau de Tanlay (Yonne)

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The frescoes and interior decoration are among the highlights of a visit to the moated Tanlay castle

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Chateauneuf-en-Auxois (Cote d'Or)

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The village of Chateauneuf-sur-Auxois, one of the 'most beautiful villages in France', also has an interesting castle

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Chatillon-sur-Seine (Cote d'Or)

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As well as the medieval centre of Chatillon-sur-Seine you can also see the extraordinary Treasury of Vix in the abbey

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Clamecy (Nievre)

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The Collegiale Saint-Martin is the principal monument here in the historic centre of Clamecy

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Cluny (Saone-et-Loire)

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As well as one of the most visited abbeys in France Cluny also has a picturesque town centre to explore

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Corbigny (Nievre)

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Corbigny, on the edge of the Morvan Regional Parc, includes an abbey among its cultural monuments

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Cormatin (Saone-et-Loire)

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The beautifully decorated and furnished Cormatin Chateau, from the 17th century, is the highlight of your visit

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Dijon (Cote d'Or)

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There is a remarkable range of interesting historic sites in Dijon, perhaps our favourite among the Burgundy towns

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Flavigny (Cote d'Or)

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The village of Flavigny retains an ancient centre surrounded by fortified walls, and a very authentic historic atmoshere

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Fontenay Abbey (Cote d'Or)

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The complex of buildings at the Abbey de Fontenay, and the surrounding gardens and woodlands, make this one of our favourite French abbeys

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Guedelon (Yonne)

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At the remarkable site of Guedelon an entire medieval castle is being reconstructed using traditional techniques

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Joigny (Yonne)

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In the centre of the the traditional local town of Joigny you can see some medieval houses with wood-carvings and some more substantial 17th century townhouses

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La Charite-sur-Loire (Nievre)

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In La Charité-sur-Loire you can visit the abbey church and other monastery buildings

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Macon (Saone-et-Loire)

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After exploring the pleasant town of Macon we suggest a visit to nearby Lamartine's Castle

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Montbard (Cote d'Or)

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A typical regional town, we suggest you take a stroll around the Parc Buffon in Montbard

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Montreal (Yonne)

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Behind its fortified entrance, the small village of Montreal is a very unspoiled medieval village

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Morvan Regional Park (Nievre)

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Morvan Regional Natural Park is a quiet region of unspoiled countryside with small fields, hedgerows and woodlands

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Nevers (Nievre)

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The ancient centre of Nevers contains several interesting monuments and houses dating from the 12th century

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Noyers-sur-Serein (Yonne)

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The half-timbered houses and riverside setting make Noyers-sur-Serein one of our favourite small towns in this region

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Nuits-Saint-Georges (Cote d'Or)

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A quiet town, Nuits-Saint-Georges wil be part of your tour of the local vineyards and wine chateaux

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Paray-le-Monial (Saone-et-Loire)

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The 12th century abbey and other buildings and the pretty setting make the Basilica du Sacré-Coeur at Paray-le-Monial one of the most visited sites in France

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Pontigny (Yonne)

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The abbey at Pontigny is one of the best known and substantial Cistercian abbeys in France

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Saulieu (Cote d'Or)

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Saulieu is quite a small town, visited because of the Basilica Saint-Andoche

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Semur-en-Auxois (Cote d'Or)

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One of the prettiest of the Burgundy villages, Semur-en-Auxois has a very lively and extensive historic centre and a pretty riverside setting

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Semur-en-Brionnais (Saone-et-Loire)

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As well as the pretty village itself, you can also visit the Chateau de Saint-Hugues and Collegiale Saint-Hilaire in Semur-en-Brionnais

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Sens (Yonne)

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Sens is an important regional centre dominated by the Cathedral of Saint-Etienne, the first gothic style cathedral built in France

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Solutre-Pouilly (Saone-et-Loire)

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Solutré-Pouilly would perhaps go unnoticed except for the great rock-cliff behind the village that is listed among one of just 30 'Grand Sites of France'

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Tonnerre (Yonne)

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There are two impressive sites to see in Tonnerre: the medieval hospital complex, and the water source called the Fosse Dionne

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Tournus (Saone-et-Loire)

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The Abbey of Saint-Philibert is the highlight in Tournus, but you will also discover several other interesting historic sites

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Vezelay (Yonne)

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Even if it didn't have one of the most famous abbeys in France, Vezelay village would attract a great deal of visitors

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For more information see the Burgundy guide


Tourist attractions to visit in Burgundy

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Grand Sites of France


Bibracte-Mont Beuvray

Roche de Solutre / Roche de Vergisson

UNESCO world heritage sites

Abbatiale Notre-Dame de La Charité-sur-Loire (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Asquins église St Jacques (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Fontenay Abbey: Tourist guide

Vezelay: Tourist guide

Vézelay basilica St Madeleine (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Chateauneuf-en-Auxois: Tourist guide

Flavigny: Tourist guide

Noyers-sur-Serein: Tourist guide

Semur-en-Brionnais: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Bussy-Rabutin Chateau

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Chatillon-sur-Seine: Tourist guide

Joigny: Tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs

Morvan: Tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Autun: Tourist guide

Auxerre: Tourist guide

Chalon-sur-Saone: Tourist guide

Clamecy: Tourist guide

Cluny: Tourist guide

Dijon: Tourist guide

Joigny: Tourist guide

Tournus: Tourist guide

Vezelay: Tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Autun: Tourist guide

Auxerre: Tourist guide

Chalon-sur-Saone: Tourist guide

Dijon: Tourist guide

Joigny: Tourist guide

Nevers: Tourist guide

Paray-le-Monial: Tourist guide

Ville d'etape



4* Towns in Bloom

Beaune: Tourist guide

Dijon: Tourist guide

Macon: Tourist guide

Paray-le-Monial: Tourist guide


Sens: Tourist guide