When they want to meet discreetly, the people of Beaune have a well-kept secret: they use the narrow streets of the ramparts. A circle of 2.5 km of walls, towers and bastions have ensured the defence of the town for centuries. Exceptionally well preserved, today they let you discover the town away from the beaten track.
The ramparts of Beaune: a brief history
The fortifications have experienced three major periods of construction. From the 12th to the 14th century, the construction of the circular ramparts allowed the building of a round walkway. Then, in the 15th and 16th centuries, the walls were reinforced and complemented by four large towers and a fortified château. Finally, in 1636, faced with imminent attack, the finishing touches were added with the construction of 4 bastions.
Things to see along the ramparts
Château de Beaune, which became the headquarters of Bouchard Père & Fils, and whose towers are used as cellars for wine.
The Théâtre de Verdure, located in the Rempart de la Comédie, is now a public garden where you can stroll or picnic.
Porte Saint-Nicolas, the last of five gates providing access to the inner town.
The Square des Lions, a pleasant place with its statues and amazing trees: gingko, ginkgo biloba (known as the 40 coins tree), the Osage orange tree...
To explore the ramparts, from the ring road, take one of the perpendicular streets towards the town centre (eg Rue d’Alsace, Rue de l’Hôtel-Dieu, Avenue de la République...). The walls intersect these roads. Just look for the Friends of the Ramparts of Beaune (Amis des Remparts de Beaune) symbol and follow it.