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Visit Beaune: what to do and see in one or more days. Best places

Visit Beaune

Visit Beaune can take one or more days. Perfect for an excursion on an itinerary that includes beautiful Dijon; or, more simply, making a stop on the itinerary of the Grands Crus.

Beaune is located approximately 40 km from Dijon. Coming by car from the city, crossing Rue du Faubourg-St-Nicolas, we recommend that you leave your car at the first available parking area. You can continue the visit on foot, as the center is quite concentrated. Alternatively, by car, it is possible to take a panoramic tour along all 2 km of the city walls.

Porte Saint-Nicolas - Rue de Lorraine, Beaune


The splendid Port St-Nicolas is a marvelous triumphal arch by Lenoir from 1752. Passed, you will find yourself in the central Rue de Lorraine; it is a street full of 16th and 18th century houses with the splendid Museum of Fine Arts on the left.

The Museum of Fine Arts is located in the marvelous architectural complex of the Porte Marie de Bourgogne, and occupies the buildings of the ancient convent of the Ursulines; presents the rich collections from the 12th to the 20th century and houses numerous collections by Félix Ziem with his numerous views of Venice, and Flemish and Dutch paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries. In the same wing there is also the Musée Étienne-Jules Marey, a native, like Ziem, of Beaune and a precursor of the art of cinema.
The Musée des Beaux-Arts, after a brief and momentary reopening in June 2022, is closed for renovation.

Before arriving at Place Monge, there is the Hospice de la Charité, with a small museum and a 17th century chapel. The central square was dedicated with the statue of Rude to the mathematician Gaspard Monge, born in 1746 in this town. It features beautiful buildings including the Hòtel de la Rochepot with its beautiful Gothic facade.

Beffroi di Beaune

Photo ©, Elliott Brown

The Bell Tower of Beaune (Beffroi) dominates Place Monge and has become, over time, the true symbol of the city, today a historical monument. It was built on the site of the old Hôtel de Ville, which was destroyed in 1795.

From 01 June to 31 October 2022 (every day except Tuesday) it is possible to take guided tours every hour from 10 to 17, and to admire the exhibition “Walk like an Egyptian”. The ticket costs €5 full fare and €3 reduced.

The next stop is the stunning Notre-Dame. It is a Romanesque-Burgundian church from the 12th and 13th centuries, with a splendid square bell tower, and a 14th century portico. Inside, the altar and the five tapestries with the “Life of the Virgin” are worth seeing.

Next to the church is the Musée du Vin de Bourgogne. If you have decided to visit Beaune, you cannot miss it; on the other hand, we are still in the Capital of Wine !!

The complex that houses it is truly splendid: the Hôtel Des Ducs de Bourgogne, built between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries. Here, you will enter the history of vine and wine, of all stages of production in Burgundy over the centuries. In the splendid Sala De l’Ambassade, an immense Lurçat tapestry dedicated to wine is preserved.
From April to September, open every day from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
March, October and November, from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The entrance ticket costs €5 for adults and €3 reduced. A special combined ticket with the Beffroi is available at a cost of €6 (€4 reduced).

Visit Beaune Hotel de Dieu

L’Hòtel-Dieu represents the worthy conclusion of this itinerary to visit Beaune. It is the symbol of the Burgundian city. An old hospital from 1443, which maintained its function until 1971; it is the real Franco-Flemish jewel, preserved almost intact. The Cour d’Honneur is splendid, the rectangular courtyard that gives access to the high-roofed building with brightly colored glazed tiles. Do not miss the Great Hall (also the Chamber of the Poor), the Ste-Anne, St-Hugues and St-Nicolas rooms, the old kitchen, the pharmacy and the Polyptych Room, with the famous polyptych of the Last Judgment by Roger Van Der Weyden.
The facility is open every day of the year from 09:00 to 19:30. The cost of the ticket is €11 for adults, €8 for students and children up to 26 years, and €4 for children aged 10 to 18. Free for under 10 and disabled.

Beaune is also renowned for the production of mustard. The Moutarderie Edmond Fallot, around here, is a must. It is located a short distance from the Hotel de Dieu. In a welcoming and relaxing environment, you can taste different types of Fallot branded mustards.

By now, you should have finished your city tour. We recommend staying overnight in one of the structures in the city directly from this link

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