Top things to do in Pays d’Auxois

Top Choice Abbey in Pays d’Auxois

Abbaye de Fontenay

Founded in 1118 and enshrined as a Unesco World Heritage site, Fontenay Abbey offers a fascinating glimpse of the austere, serene surroundings in which Cistercian monks lived lives of contemplation and manual labour…
Archaeological Site in Pays d’Auxois

MuséoParc Alésia

This sensational interactive museum and historic theme park is well worth the drive from Dijon (67km) or Semur-en-Auxois (16km). This was the historic site of Alésia, the camp where Vercingétorix, the chief of the G…
Historic Site in Pays d’Auxois

Grand Forge du Buffon

The beautiful Grand Forge de Buffon sits 23km north of Semur-en-Auxois on the pastoral banks of the Brenne Canal. One of the first fully integrated factories, it was built in 1778 by Georges-Louis Leclerc, the Count…
Pastries in Semur-en-Auxois

Pâtisserie Alexandre

The speciality at this historic patisserie is granit rose de l'auxois, a pink confection laden with sugar, orange-infused chocolate, cherries, almonds and hazelnuts.
Pizza in Semur-en-Auxois


Dependable, reasonably priced food isn't always easy to come by in Semur's touristy medieval centre, but the pizzas at this popular spot in the pedestrian zone are a welcome exception (and a better choice than the f…
Burgundian in Semur-en-Auxois

Le Saint-Vernier

This cosy bistro in the old town offers a variety of menus designed to satisfy your taste buds without spoiling your budget. Most specialities are made with locally sourced ingredients, such as Époisses cheese.
Church in Semur-en-Auxois

Collégiale Notre Dame

A stained-glass window (1927) and a plaque commemorating American soldiers who fell in France in WWI are inside this twin-towered, Gothic collegiate church.