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Things to do in Beaune

Things to do in  Beaune

Welcome to Beaune

Beaune, the storied epicenter of Burgundy's wine country, is set amid vine-clad slopes and winding country lanes. Here, Old Town charms with its cobbled streets, city walls, and medieval ramparts, which afford views over the buzzing Centre-ville below. The colorfully tiled Hôtel-Dieu is the city's crown jewel, but wine tours remain one of the top things to do in Beaune—enjoy being whisked around boutique wineries and Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte d'Or, or cycle between the vines and villages, stopping to sip fruity reds and crisp whites along the way.

Top 3 attractions in Beaune

Hospices de Beaune

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Hospices de Beaune (aka the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune is one of Burgundy’s most storied buildings. Founded as a charitable hospital in 1443, the landmark is known for its turrets, colorful roof tiles, and pretty courtyards—as well as the annual wine auction it hosts. The on-site museum also draws art lovers.More

Fallot Mustard Mill (La Moutarderie Fallot)

TheFallot Mustard Mill (La Moutarderie Fallot) is the first museum in France to be entirely dedicated to mustard, the renowned condiment that has become the pride and joy of the Burgundy region. Inside the museum, visitors will find a selection of modern and ancient tools that were used to create mustard and its derivative products, revealing many surprising trade secrets along the way. The multi-sensorial and interactive exhibits explain everything from the manufacturing process to the tasting criteria; visitors are even encouraged to test their own knowledge of mustard through different experiences. The museum offers two different guided visits: the first one, called Découvertes, is more traditional and features a mixture of commentary and videos in the museum. The second one, called Sensational Experiences, takes visitors inside the actual production facilities in order to get a better understanding of the process and the challenges the industry faces today. The real highlight, however, is the “mustard bar” inside the Espace Faillot gift shop, where visitors are encouraged to taste as many mustards as they like.Moutarderie Fallot has been in operation since 1840 and is now the only remaining artisanal mustard producer in Burgundy.More
Domaine Debray

Domaine Debray

This family-owned yet sprawling estate winery, whose cellars are located in the city of Beaune, are geared towards quality and not necessarily quantity. What makes this winery special is its owner’s background; Yvonnick Debray spent 20 years of his life selling Burgundy wines on the French market, and therefore acquired a wealth of information about wine production and the art of being a wine-maker. Domaine Debray produces several wines, reds and whites, belonging to a variety of appellations including classics like Bourgogne Aligoté and Hautes Côtes de Beaune, as well as one Grand Cru, the Corton Charlemagne. The winery is extremely respectful of the soil and only picks grapes by hand; wines are vinified in French oak barrels directly on the estate.More

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All about Beaune

When to visit

Beaune is busiest in summer, when the weather is ideal for wine tasting tours and the city’s landmarks are lit up with dazzling illuminations each evening—known as Les Chemins de Lumieres. Wine lovers should save their trip for fall, when the harvest is in full swing and vineyards often host additional tours and tastings. November’s Three Glorious Days wine festival is an annual highlight with its popular charity wine auction.

Getting around

You can see all the sights within the medieval city walls of Beaune on a short stroll. However, you will need wheels to explore the surrounding vineyards. Local buses that move between Burgundy’s towns are infrequent and slow, so a better option is to hire a car or join a vineyard tour with a designated driver. Alternatively, rent a bike—marked cycling paths follow the region’s wine trail, and bike rental agencies dot the city.

Traveler tips

Beaune’s market is held every Wednesday and Saturday, although it’s liveliest on weekends. Shop for a picnic and pick up a rotisserie chicken—the Bresse chickens are renowned throughout France—or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, some escargots de Bourgogne (snails stuffed with garlic butter). Nearby, the Patisserie Fabien Berteau is the ideal spot for lunch—grab a seat in the tea salon and sample some of the renowned sandwiches and pastries.

People Also Ask

Is Beaune worth visiting?

Yes, Bayeux is worth visiting. It’s the capital of the Burgundy wine region, for one. The phrase “good things come in small packages” applies here. With a compact, historical center of half-timber buildings and elaborate tiled roofs, Beaune looks sprung from the pages of a fairytale.

What is Beaune, France known for?

Beaune and wine go hand in hand. Burgundy is one of France’s most famous wine-growing regions, and Beaune is the leaping-off point for all manner of vineyard tours and tastings. It also has a notable 15th-century hospital that served the region for hundreds of years.

Is it better to stay in Beaune or Dijon?

It depends on your preference. Dijon is larger than Beaune, with about eight times the population. It’s a pretty city with architecture ranging from Gothic to art deco, and comes with the bigger city amenities you’d expect. Beaune is much more laid-back and easy to explore without a car.

How do you get around Beaune?

If you’re staying in town, travel on foot. The slow pace of life in Beaune reigns supreme, so take your time and explore the historic, cobbled streets. To visit the nearby vineyards, book a tour with a private driver. You won’t want to hold back on the wine tastings.

What wine comes from Beaune?

Beaune is the unofficial capital of the Burgundy region, so Burgundy wines of world renown are grown here. Chardonnay is one of the main white wines produced in the region, and much of the red is pinot noir. The Burgundy wine region stretches almost 200 miles (320 kilometers).

Where can I sleep in Beaune?

The hotels in Beaune scream character. There are many options in the historic old town, where you can stay in 17th-century townhouses, upscale manors with garden courtyards, or even châteaux, all with a choice of wine cellars at your fingertips. Five-star Hôtel Le Cep is one of the best.


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