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Beaune

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Côte-d'Or

Beaune - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Côte-d'Or
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A Town of Art and History and the capital of Burgundy wine, Beaune is located forty kilometres or so south of Dijon and boasts some exceptional heritage. Surrounded by old ramparts, it is known as the centre for the Burgundy wine trade, as evidenced by the famous auction at the Hospices de Beaune every third Sunday in November.

The old town contains some remarkable monuments and has some beautiful Renaissance mansions for visitors to admire, as well as pretty half-timbered houses and charming inner courtyards. Take the time to stroll around, to see Beaune's architectural treasures at your own pace or using an audioguide.

The first stop along the way: the Hôtel-Dieu, a gem of Burgundian medieval architecture, built in the 15th century at the request of the Duke of Burgundy's Chancellor, Nicolas Rolin, to come to the aid of the poor and sick. A listed Historic Monument, this superb complex with its famous varnished tile roofs has become a museum of medical history. On your visit, you can in particular admire the magnificent ceremonial courtyard (cour d'honneur), the impressive Hall for the Poor (Salle des Pôvres), the Gothic chapel, the kitchen and the apothecary, as well as a masterpiece of Flemish painting dating from the 15th century: the polyptych of the Last Judgment, attributed to the artist Rogier van der Weyden. The world's biggest wine auction takes place here in November, with part of the proceeds going towards the upkeep of the Hôtel-Dieu.

Not far from there, on Rue Paradis, is the mansion of the Dukes of Burgundy, which you can visit. A listed Historic Monument, this old ducal palace from the 14th century now houses the Museum of Burgundy Wine, where the history of the vineyard and winemaking is told through ethnographic and artistic collections, tapestries and everyday objects used by winegrowers.

All around the Beaune region, there are cellar tours, tastings and organised excursions in the vineyard so you can learn about Burgundy's winegrowing heritage.

Another unmissable monument is the Cluniac-inspired Collegiate Church of Our Lady. This superb 13th-century edifice, one of the last big Romanesque churches in Burgundy, possesses a Gothic portal and chevet, as well as a Renaissance bell tower. Inside is a collection of five tapestries from the 15th century illustrating the life of the Virgin, a Renaissance chapel and a black Virgin from the 12th century.

Beaune has a busy and lively cultural life all year. One of the most prestigious Baroque music festivals in Europe takes place there in July.

À ne pas manquer, les Lumières à Beaune qui permettent durant tout l'été d'admirer des projections monumentales sur les monuments et sites emblématiques de la cité comme l'Hôtel-Dieu, la collégiale, le musée du Vin, la chapelle Saint-Étienne, le beffroi, le rempart des Dames et la porte Marie de Bourgogne.

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Beaune

A 40 km south of Dijon, this small town, ringed like a drum by its ramparts and bastions, and is still in the early 21th century the center of the Burgundy wine trade. In its venerable wineries ripen nicely nectars called "still wine".

Parliamentary capital in the fifteenth century in the duchy of Burgundy, which prefigured Europe, this city of art and history shows all the spiritual, cultural economic and soon a province in the heart of Europe.

On the ramparts, a Hotel Dieu never ceases to redeem the "sins" of a great servant of the "state Bourguignon": Nicolas Rolin. This famous site visited by over 400,000 people each year, boasts justly of a masterpiece of Flemish painting: the altarpiece of the Last Judgment attributed to the painter Rogier van der Weyden.

In a city where you can still wander, we discover a ducal palace converted into a museum of wine and located between Paradise Street and the Rue d'Enfer - it does not just happen! -. Emerging from the same street, coincidence?, The gaze is on the collegiate basilica of Our Lady, youngest daughter told of the Abbey of Cluny.

And still, to homes in mansions, a whole society scrolls, aristocrats of the sword or dresses, but also merchants and notable artists, Felix Ziem painted Venice ... and Jules Marey invents itself as one of the fathers of cinema.

A vineyard has 580 hectares of red wines from the Pinot Noir. An exceptional domain which 320 hectares in the first vintage (the largest surface first thought of all the coast). Firm, frank, colorful, full of fire and bouquet, soft, these are the wines Beaune. The Duke of Clarence sentenced to death by his brother the king of England exclaimed: "I wish to be drowned in a butt of wine Beaune that my death is effortless and good". What better promotion ...

Gastronomy is an integral part of the life of a Burgundian. Fine dining, full of tradition and innovation.

A good table is carefully balanced: the puffs and cheese appetizers around a Kir to whet the appetite. A marbled ham or Burgundy snails, or eggs in red wine sauce make a delicious entry. Then comes the beef bourguignon, coq au vin, quail at the vineyard, the Burgundian stew, ham with wine lees. All these casseroles agree so well with the wines of the region.

Things to see and do

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Guided cycling tour of the vineyards
Sports sensations46 € to 2090 € Beaune
Getaway in the heart of Burgundy's greatest vineyards
Local flavours140 € to 230 € Marsannay-la-Côte
Cellar tour and tasting of fine Burgundy wines
Local flavoursFreeBeaune

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Courtyard of the Hospices (© Jean Espirat)
Courtyard of the Hospices (© Jean Espirat)
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Hospices - Room Pôvres (© Jean Espirat)
Hospices - Room Pôvres (© Jean Espirat)
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Notre-Dame Basilica Collegiate
Notre-Dame Basilica Collegiate
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Wine Museum
Wine Museum
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Glass of white wine on barrel
Glass of white wine on barrel
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Baroque Opera Festival
Baroque Opera Festival
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Wine Sale Hospices of Beaune
Wine Sale Hospices of Beaune
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Beef Bourguignon
Beef Bourguignon
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Cheese Burgundy
Cheese Burgundy
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Cycle Route Beaune - Santenay
Cycle Route Beaune - Santenay
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Balloon Flight
Balloon Flight
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Roofing slate-room Pôvres (© JE)
Roofing slate-room Pôvres (© JE)
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Hôtel-Dieu - Apothecary (© JE)
Hôtel-Dieu - Apothecary (© JE)
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Hôtel-Dieu - Salle St. Anne (© JE)
Hôtel-Dieu - Salle St. Anne (© JE)
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Hôtel-Dieu - Tapestry (© JE)
Hôtel-Dieu - Tapestry (© JE)
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Hôtel-Dieu - stained glass window of the chapel (© JE)
Hôtel-Dieu - stained glass window of the chapel (© JE)
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stained glass window of the chapel (© JE)
stained glass window of the chapel (© JE)
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Other stained glass in the chapel (© JE)
Other stained glass in the chapel (© JE)
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Entry Hospices (© Jean Espirat)
Entry Hospices (© Jean Espirat)
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Hospices - room Pôvres (© Jean Espirat)
Hospices - room Pôvres (© Jean Espirat)
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Court of honor Hospices (© Jean Espirat)
Court of honor Hospices (© Jean Espirat)
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Court of honor Hospices (© Jean Espirat)
Court of honor Hospices (© Jean Espirat)
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polychrome Roofing Hospices (© Jean Espirat)
polychrome Roofing Hospices (© Jean Espirat)
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polychrome Roofing Hospices (© Jean Espirat)
polychrome Roofing Hospices (© Jean Espirat)
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