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.

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

Much the most visited site in this pretty village is the Priory of Anzy-le-Duc
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Autun (Saone-et-Loire)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Although small the village of Bez is very pleasant to spend an hour exploring
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Brancion (Saone-et-Loire)

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

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)

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 de Tanlay (Yonne)

The frescoes and interior decoration are among the highlights of a visit to the moated Tanlay castle
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Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc (Yonne)

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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Chateauneuf-en-Auxois (Cote d'Or)

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)

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)

The Collegiale Saint-Martin is the principal monument here in the historic centre of Clamecy
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Cluny (Saone-et-Loire)

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)

Corbigny, on the edge of the Morvan Regional Parc, includes an abbey among its cultural monuments
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Cormatin (Saone-et-Loire)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

In La Charité-sur-Loire you can visit the abbey church and other monastery buildings
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Macon (Saone-et-Loire)

After exploring the pleasant town of Macon we suggest a visit to nearby Lamartine's Castle
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Montbard (Cote d'Or)

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

Behind its fortified entrance, the small village of Montreal is a very unspoiled medieval village
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Morvan Regional Park (Nievre)

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

The ancient centre of Nevers contains several interesting monuments and houses dating from the 12th century
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Noyers-sur-Serein (Yonne)

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)

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)

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

Paray-le-Monial basilica is an impressive 12th century church in the romanesque style
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Pontigny (Yonne)

The abbey at Pontigny is one of the best known and substantial Cistercian abbeys in France
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Saulieu (Cote d'Or)

Saulieu is quite a small town, visited because of the Basilica Saint-Andoche
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Semur-en-Auxois (Cote d'Or)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

The Abbey of Saint-Philibert is the highlight in Tournus, but you will also discover several other interesting historic sites
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Tournus abbey (Saone-et-Loire)

The abbey at Tournus is a 12th century abbey in roman style with a cloister, frescoes, rare mosaics and several other highlights
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Vezelay (Yonne)

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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Vézelay basilica (Yonne)

The basilica in Vézelay is a monumental example of roman style architecture, with 12th century carvings among its highlights
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For more information see the Burgundy guide

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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): See tourist guide

Asquins église St Jacques (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Fontenay Abbey: See tourist guide

Vezelay: See tourist guide

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

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Chateauneuf-en-Auxois: See tourist guide

Flavigny: See tourist guide

Noyers-sur-Serein: See tourist guide

Semur-en-Brionnais: See tourist guide

National Monuments

Bussy-Rabutin Chateau

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Chatillon-sur-Seine: See tourist guide

Joigny: See tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs

Morvan: See tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Autun: See tourist guide

Auxerre: See tourist guide

Chalon-sur-Saone: See tourist guide

Clamecy: See tourist guide

Cluny: See tourist guide

Dijon: See tourist guide

Joigny: See tourist guide

Tournus: See tourist guide

Vezelay: See tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Autun: See tourist guide

Auxerre: See tourist guide

Chalon-sur-Saone: See tourist guide

Dijon: See tourist guide

Joigny: See tourist guide

Nevers: See tourist guide

Paray-le-Monial: See tourist guide

Ville d'etape



4* Towns in Bloom

Beaune: See tourist guide

Dijon: See tourist guide

Macon: See tourist guide

Paray-le-Monial: See tourist guide


Sens: See tourist guide