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Beaune7 exceptional sitesFor an unforgettable stay in Burgundy

Beaune and its highlights

Are you planning a trip to the magnificent town of Beaune? You’ll love it! Capital of Burgundy wines, Beaune embodies Burgundy’s gastronomic and wine culture. Steeped in history and the art of living, the town invites all epicureans and lovers of medieval escapades to enjoy unforgettable experiences. Spend a day, a weekend or a week in the heart of the Côte d’Or… Choose from among its must-see sites and discover the Climats de Bourgogne, Burgundy’s conception of terroir, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A feast for the eyes

01. Hospices de Beaune

Also known as the Hospices de Beaune, the Hôtel-Dieu is probably Burgundy’s most emblematic building. With its mosaic roofs of glazed tiles, its dormer windows adorned with gilded weather vanes, its large interior courtyard is a tribute to the Flemish Burgondo style. At the time, the Duchy of Burgundy stretched as far as present-day Belgium and the Netherlands.

Now transformed into a museum, this hospital foundation is an exceptional testimony to late medieval civil architecture.

Among the tours on offer, unusual walks take you to the heart of the aromatic gardens, to the archives or to the sumptuous 15th-century cellars, housing an internationally renowned wine production.

A little backgroundHospices de Beaune

Created by Nicolas Rollin and his wife Guigone de Salins in 1443, this medieval hospital never stopped caring for the sick and needy for over 500 years. The 30 beds still in the Salle des Pôvres bear witness to this.

The secret behind this architectural marvel? The many gifts made by generous donors, wishing to secure a place in paradise.

Indulge in a spicy break at

2. The Fallot mustard factory

Famous for its wines, Beaune is also renowned for its mustard! Enter Edmond Fallot’s moutarderie and discover the history of Burgundy mustard. A 100% Burgundian recipe with IGP label, made with local mustard seeds and Bourgogne aligoté white wine.

Over 200 years old, Maison Fallot is listed as Burgundy’s last remaining independent, family-run business. Their boutique atelier is incredible! Whether you’re looking for a classic or original mustard, it’s impossible to leave without one of their tasty condiments.

The Tour of the Beaune mustard factory allows you to compare ancestral manufacturing methods with today’s production circuit. As you follow the fun, interactive trails, discover the gestures, traditions and secrets behind the transformation of these mustard seeds. An experience that will fascinate young and old alike.

Before you leave, stop off at the mustard bar! A surprising place to sample the various recipes and be inspired by some culinary tips from top chefs.

The Discovery TrailStrong Sensations

Beaune's other jewel

3. Notre-Dame Collegiate Church

The collegiate church of Notre-Dame de Beaune is another of the town’s historic monuments. Transformed and enlarged over the centuries, the basilica is an architectural masterpiece. Come and admire its Romanesque style, sublime tapestries, stained-glass windows and murals… All bearing witness to the history of Beaune and the region.

Pushing open the door of this basilica is enough to plunge you back to the time of the Crusades. In those days, the church was a small religious town, popular with pilgrims and knights from distant lands. In the Middle Ages, a community of secular canons lived and managed a rich wine-growing estate, which was bought up after the Revolution by various wine merchants in the region. Don’t miss a singular Black Madonna.

On summer evenings, the basilica is one of Beaune’s 7 emblematic sites under the spotlight. Let yourself be carried away by the magic of this scenography that highlights Beaune’s heritage.

A historic visit to the

4. Burgundy Wine Museum

Beaune is at the center of the Burgundy wine region. As such, it’s impossible to leave the city without uncovering the secrets behind the making of its wines. To access the history and culture of this Burgundian savoir-faire, the Hôtel des Ducs de Bourgogne – Musée du Vin is a must-see stop.

This museum, dedicated since 1946 to wine heritage and the history of viticulture, also highlights the singularity of the Climats. And what better place than the emblematic former Hôtel des Ducs de Bourgogne to discover the exceptional heritage that is Burgundy’s model of viticulture.

In front of the thousand-year-old wine presses, vineyard maps from the Route des Grands Crus, the interactive model gives you the keys to understanding the notion of Climats, a Burgundian particularity…. Let us explain to you the winemaking processes, the history of viticulture and its trades.

Get some height

5. Along the ramparts

Beaune is a medieval town surrounded by ramparts built between the 13th and 15th centuries. Don’t hesitate to take a stroll along these ancient fortifications. A stroll punctuated by 17 stops allows you to observe the town’s main monuments and remarkable sites.

Note the bastions and watchtowers pierced with loopholes, the Porte Saint-Nicolas, the Grand Lavoir and the Château de Beaune overlooking the town… Each site and building is packed with fascinating stories and astonishing architectural details.

A wealth of heritage, perfectly explained on panels equipped with QR codes. Allow between 1 and 2 hours for the walk to give you time to photograph Beaune from a different point of view.


6. The Cité des Climats et des vins de Bourgogne

From spring 2023, discover La Cité des Climats et vins de Bourgogne, a unique project of its kind. Located in the Parc de la Chartreuse, near Beaune town center, the Cité offers a tour route devoted to the entire Burgundy vineyard and a specific area dedicated to Climats, as a typically Burgundian expression of terroir-based viticulture.

At the heart of the 12-hectare park, the Cité des Climats et vins de Bourgogne is the largest of three visitor sites dedicated to Burgundy vineyards (the other two being at Chablis and Mâcon).

Accessible by electric shuttle from the city center, the cité unveils a modern, eco-sustainable architecture. At the top of the building inspired by a vine tendril, admire the view of the winegrowing coast from its panoramic terrace.

The Cité des Climats et vins de Bourgogne shines at the heart of a campus dedicated to wine with an initiatory oenological trail. It offers additional services such as a top-of-the-range hotel, an events hall and a gallery of products of excellence. Enough to awaken the senses of neophytes and experienced oenologists alike. Between wine courses, exceptional tastings, walks and picnics in a natural setting, enjoy a sensory experience rich in memories, engraved forever in your mouth and in your memory.

Burgundy's greatest cellars

7. Patriarch Father and Son

The House of Patriarche was born at the end of the 18th century, when the French Revolution put an end to religious orders by selling off their property and vineyards. Jean Baptiste Patriarche moved into the former convent of the Visitandines, and so began the success story of this young wine merchant, who would go on to market his wines all over Europe.

In this timeless setting, enter vaulted cellars, charged with authenticity and home to legends and the heritage of ancestral know-how. Today, one of Burgundy’s most prestigious houses, the Caves Patriarches offer a wide range of Burgundy wines, from reds and whites to sparkling wines. In addition to visiting this unusual site, discover the history of the winery, the pinot noir and chardonnay grape varieties, not forgetting the traditional tasting organized on site.

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In the footsteps of vines and winegrowers

2h30 from Paris, 1h30 from Lyon and 20 minutes from Dijon, Beaune is accessible all year round for a sensual getaway. Need to fine-tune the organization of your stay? Take note of our walking itineraries and book your accommodation!