“With its castles and vineyards, villages with famous names, stone vestiges of an illustrious past, and winegrowing founded by monks, this former realm of the Dukes of Burgundy gives its visitors the unique impression of being here and, at the same time, somewhere else.”
Route des Grands Crus
Burgundy’s Wine Route wends its way through the region’s legendary vineyards. It runs over 60 kilometers from Côte de Nuits to Côte de Beaune between Dijon and Santenay. Thirty-eight picturesque wine villages lie along its route. Take your pick of tour options by car or bicycle and discover the charm of Burgundy’s vineyards.
Château Clos de Vougeot
This magnificent medieval castle is the headquarters of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.
Cistercian monks from Cîteaux built the castle in the 12th century, originally with wine production in mind. It was extensively renovated in Renaissance style in the 16th century. The Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin acquired the Château in 1945 and restored it in stages. It is now home to this elite wine brotherhood and is considered France’s best table d’hôtes,
hosting many receptions and events.
Wine capital of Burgundy
The Hôtel-Dieu is a former [AF1] hospital dating from the 15th century, which remained in operation until 1971.
Notre-Dame is a Romanesque church and was built in the style of Cluny’s third abbey.
The Musée de Vin is the former residence of the Dukes of Burgundy in Beaune. Nowadays it is home to a wine museum, dedicated to the history of winegrowing.
The town wall is about 2 kilometers long and runs in a perfect circle. It features eight bastions and dates from the 15th century.
Regional capital and former city of the Dukes of Burgundy
Palais des Ducs de Bourgogne: the former ducal palace graces the semicircular Place de la Libération, lined with colonnades. The building dates from the late 17th century, and its west wing now accommodates the City Hall. The district around the Ducal Palace is graced by fine patrician houses (the hôtels) dating from the Middle Ages and Renaissance era.
The Musée des Beaux-Arts is one of France’s premier art galleries, now housed in the east wing of the Ducal Palace.
The church of Notre-Dame de Dijon was built from 1220 to 1250. The style is Burgundian Gothic.
Abbaye de Citeaux
A Cistercian abbey with its own cheese production
Cîteaux Abbey is immensely significant as the mother house and birthplace of the Cistercian order, which gained immense influence through founding its daughter houses. To this day, the Abbey is home to monks who make their own cheese. The Abbey is open to visitors.
Medieval townscape with abbey and stud farm
Perched on the banks of the River Saône near Mâcon, the town is known primarily for the Abbey of Cluny, which was destroyed after the French Revolution. Apart from the medieval townscape and the abbey itself, sights to see include the state stud farm, Hôtel-Dieu and the Tour des Fromages (cheese tower).
Abbaye de Fontenay (Anis)
A UNESCO World Heritage site amid dense forest
The Abbey of Fontenay was founded by Cistercian monks in 1118 and is tucked away in a dense forest. This is the oldest Cistercian abbey to have been preserved anywhere in the world. It has been classed as a “monument historique” since 1862 and as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981.
One of the “plus beaux villages de France”
Vézelay ranks among the “plus beaux villages de France” (France’s most beautiful villages). The Basilica of Sainte Marie-Madeleine dates from the 12th century and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. The Porte Neuve is a well-preserved town gate from the late Middle Ages. The Chapelle la Cordelle nestles at the foot of the hill of Vézelay. Strolling through picturesque Vézelay is like taking a tour of past centuries.
A 12th-century fortified castle
The castle of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois lends its name to the surrounding village and towers over the Auxois landscape. Built as a fortress in the 12th century, it was intended to provide military security for the surrounding plains and the highway from Dijon to Autun.