Must-not-miss sites

Burgundy is a major crossroads and unique and multi-faceted place of refuge, endowed with heritage treasures and natural areas. Its landscapes, the taste of its products and its exceptional historic and religious heritage all contribute to its attractive way of life. This varied location is a permanent invitation to travel, to pleasure and to tasting to be shared with family or friends. On foot, bicycle, by car or any other means, imagine an original journey through the heart of its lush countryside.

 

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If you are fascinated by religious heritage

The basilica of Vézelay, on its eternal hill, has provided a rallying point for pilgrims heading for Saint James of Compostela since the Middle Age, Fontenay abbey, intact since the 11th century, and the town of La-Charité-sur-Loire and its priory church are all on the UNESCO world heritage list. These treasures of history are dotted all over Burgundy: one of the first Gothic cathedrals was built in France, in Sens, the Hôtel-Dieu of Beaune with its polychrome roofs is world famous and Cluny with its Benedictine abbey's reputation is known throughout Europe. The Romanesque church route of Charolais-Bionnais testifies to this Clunisian influence. Paray-le-Monial, a monastic town, has been a major pilgrimage stopover since the 17th century.

 

 

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History lovers will love Guédelon, a unique medieval work site in Europe which rises to the extraordinary challenge of building a fortified castle according to 13th century techniques. Experience history with the MuséoParc Alésia, the recent interpretation centre, which will take you to the siege of Alésia or with medieval fortresses such as Bazoches castle in the Morvan. Take time to stroll through medieval villages and discover the authenticity of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, Noyers-sur-Serein and Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. In the North, the Renaissance chateaux of the Tonnerois, in Ancy-le-Franc and Tanlay, are regularly used as costume film locations.

 

 

 Not forgetting the chateau of Cormatin in Southern Burgundy.

 

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For lovers of nature who also want to move around, there are more than 1000 km navigable ways on the canals and rivers of Burgundy with the Canal du Nivernais, the Canal de Bourgogne, la Seille and the Canal du Centre. Cyclists will love touring Burgundy with more than 500 km of cycle paths and itineraries. Walkers will be able to climb up the Roche de Solutré with their families as it stands over visitors in the vineyards or the Mont Beuvray and discover Bibracte at the gates of the Morvan. The latter offers a verdant setting in the centre of Burgundy, to the joy of hikers and lovers of bathing and whitewater sports. Mountain bikers will find an itinerary adapted to their requirements with the Grande Traversée du Morvan and its 330 km altitude difference between Avallon, the lakes of the Morvan and Autun. The Burgundy section of the Loire, Europe's last wild river, may also be discovered on foot or by canoe.

In towns of history and art, you can explore original visitor trails: La Chouette in Dijon, Cadet Roussel in Auxerre, etc. And take advantage of rich and varied events all year round: historic show of Augustodunum in Autun, the Chalon-Sur-Saône street entertainment festival, "Garçon la Note" in Auxerre and Nevers or the auctions at the Hospices de Beaune. There's something for everyone.

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