Things to see in Beaune France

During its 2000 years of existence, Beaune became the ephemeral capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, then an active center of the cloth and wine trade.

Today, the city, rounded off in its ramparts, presents a harmonious and charming face where medieval half-timbering mingles, the softness of Romanesque architecture, dormers bristling with weather vanes, the multicolored roofs of the Hôtel Dieu run a lace of lead as well as charming mansions.

Towers now only defend a peaceful army of nectars from Beaune and the vinous coast, ditches and moats have become squares and gardens, sheltering for more than a century astonishing and sometimes exotic species.

 

Hôtel-Dieu Museum – Hospices de Beaune

The Hospices de Beaune are world famous for their exceptional roof with colorful geometric shapes and for their Gothic facades.

This building, also called Hôtel-Dieu, was built in the Middle Ages and was at the time a hospital for the poor. This establishment is now a museum that you can visit.

You will be able to see the rooms where the sick were cared for, the pharmacy, the Gothic chapel, the kitchen with the vast Gothic fireplaces … and discover the large collection of objects, furniture and tapestries from the period.

 

The walls

The city of Beaune has very well preserved ramparts which encircle the old town. With towers and bastions all along these ramparts, you can discover the history of the city of Beaune and its fortifications.  The circumference of the ramparts is about 2.5 km long.

Along the walk on the ramparts, you will be able to see the Château de Beaune, which has become the seat of the Bouchard Père & Fils house, the Théâtre de Verdure, various gates into the city such as the Porte Saint-Nicolas, the square Lions with their statues and tall trees.

 

The wines of Burgundy

Since the Middle Ages, Beaune has been at the center of wine culture and trade. So take advantage of being in Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, to discover and taste its famous wines. If you are driving, you have a wide choice in the areas to visit near the city.

South of Beaune, Château de Pommard is one of the region’s most emblematic estates.

This magnificent chateau is located in the village of Pommard, a 10-minute drive from Beaune.

It is organically grown and produces prestigious wines of exceptional quality, including Grands Crus famous around the world.

 

Champy House

Just opposite the Hospices de Beaune, Maison Champy, founded in 1720, is the first wine house to be established in Burgundy.

This large house, now owner of 21 hectares of vines on the Côte de Beaune, uses part of its plots in organic farming.  It also has cellars listed as historical monuments.

You can choose between different tours and tasting options, suitable for all budgets and also explore the Maison Champy vines by electric bike.

 

Song Domain

First of all, the Chanson estate is one of the largest houses in Burgundy and a highly recommended stopover in Beaune.

This area is distinguished above all by its famous bastion, one of the towers of the fortress of Beaune dating from the 15th century.

In medieval times, this tower protected one of the main gateways to the city.

Today, it is transformed into a storage place and houses the wines during their aging in oak barrels. It is therefore an incredible and atypical place on several floors, which is sure to impress you during your visit.

 

Comte Senard

On the Aloxe Corton side are the Comte Senard estate and its 9 hectares of vines.

The cellars of the property were built in the 13th century by the Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Sainte-Marguerite and still ensure the aging of the estate’s wines today.

You will enjoy a warm tasting and also a more in-depth visit ensuring you a total change of scenery.

 

Notre Dame Collegiate Basilica

The Notre Dame de Beaune collegiate basilica, listed as a Historic Monument, is a must-see. Built mainly in the 12th century, it is Romanesque with Gothic additions and was a place of pilgrimage.

The basilica is full of works evoking religious fables and stories.

It also houses the statue of the Black Madonna dating from the 12th century as well as a remarkable collection of 15th century tapestries, illustrating the different stages of the life of the Virgin Mary.

 

City Hall

This lively square is located in the heart of the city. It is dominated by the famous Hôtel-Dieu.

In the surrounding area, you will find numerous boutiques and shops, as well as regional specialty stores (wines, confectionery, etc.) with attractive storefronts.
On Saturday morning, a market is set up there where you can buy regional products.

 

The wine museum

For those who wish to deepen their knowledge of Burgundy wine, the wine museum traces the history of vine cultivation and wine making in this vineyard from ancient times to the 1920s.

Modernized in 2017 , the museum allows you to discover the terroir and the profession of winegrower through different themes.

The rooms are arranged in stages of production and throughout the visit interactive animations surprise visitors.  In particular, a space dedicated to Burgundy Crémants has just opened following the modernization of the museum.

 

The Bouzaise Park

To relax and stroll around the city, go to the Parc de la Bouzaise, located a few minutes walk from the city center. This park is built around the source of the Bouzaise, very pleasant to enjoy a little piece of nature near the city center.

The playgrounds and educational farm for children, as well as the English garden make it a pleasant place to relax with the family.