Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Dijon

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Housed in the monumental Palais des Ducs, these sprawling galleries (works of art in themselves) constitute one of France's most outstanding museums. The star attraction, reopened in September 2013 after extensive r…
Top Choice Church in Vézelay

Basilique Ste-Madeleine

Founded in the AD 880s on a former Roman and Carolingian site, Vézelay's stunning hilltop basilica was rebuilt between the 11th and 13th centuries. On the famous 12th-century tympanum, visible from the narthex (encl…
Top Choice Church in Cluny

Église Abbatiale

Cluny's vast abbey church, built between 1088 and 1130, once extended all the way from the map table in front of the Palais Jean de Bourbon to the trees near the octagonal Clocher de l'Eau Bénite (Tower of the Holy …
Top Choice Abbey in Abbaye de Fontenay

Abbaye de Fontenay

Founded in 1118 and restored to its medieval glory a century ago, Fontenay Abbey offers a fascinating glimpse of the austere, serene surroundings in which Cistercian monks lived lives of contemplation and manual lab…
Top Choice Cathedral in Autun

Cathédrale St-Lazare

Originally Romanesque, this cathedral was built in the 12th century to house the sacred relics of St Lazarus. Over the main doorway, the famous Romanesque tympanum shows the Last Judgment surrounded by zodiac signs,…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Bibracte

Bibracte

The sprawling archaeological remains of Bibracte, capital of the Celtic Aedui people during the 1st and 2nd centuries BC, sit atop beautiful Mont Beuvray, 25km west of Autun. It was here, in 52 BC, that Vercingétori…
Top Choice Castle in Côte de Beaune

Château de la Rochepot

Conical towers and multicoloured tile roofs rise from thick woods above the ancient village of La Rochepot. This marvellous medieval fortress offers fab views of surrounding countryside and the interiors are a fasci…
Top Choice Museum in Avallon

Musée de l'Avallonnais

Founded in 1862, this wonderful small museum displays a series of expressionist watercolours by Georges Rouault (1871–1958) and an excellent art-deco silver collection by renowned designer and jeweller Jean Després …
Museum in Châtillon-sur-Seine

Musée du Pays Châtillonnais Trésor de Vix

Châtillon’s main claim to fame is the Trésor de Vix (Vix Treasure), a collection of Celtic, Etruscan and Greek objects from the 6th century BC on display at the Musée du Pays Châtillonnais. The outstanding collectio…
Historic Building in Beaune

Hôtel-Dieu des Hospices de Beaune

Built in 1443, this magnificent Gothic hospital (until 1971) is famously topped by stunning turrets and pitched rooftops covered in multicoloured tiles. Interior highlights include the barrel-vaulted Grande Salle (l…