Must-see attractions in Yonne

  • Tour de l'Horloge

    This solid, 15th-century clock tower spans the old city's main thoroughfare.

  • Hôtel-Dieu

    This charity hospital, founded in 1293 by Marguerite de Bourgogne (wife of Charles d’Anjou), is most famous for its vast, barrel-vaulted patients' hall…

  • 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…

  • Tour des Prisons

    The striking late-15th-century Tour des Prisons is the lone remaining tower from the original stone fortifications surrounding Auxerre's medieval Abbaye…

  • Église St-Martin

    The 12th- and 13th-century Gothic Église St-Martin, first founded in the 9th century by monks fleeing the Norman attacks on Tours, is two short blocks…

  • Petit Pontigny

    The 12th-century cellar of Petit Pontigny (viewable from the exterior only) was once used by Pontigny's Cistercian monks to ferment wine.

  • Hôtel de Ville

    Flanked by colourful half-timbered buildings, Auxerre's town hall forms the centrepiece of the medieval centre's most attractive square.

  • Église St-Pierre

    Marked by Gothic architectural elements, this church between the river and the medieval centre is a prominent Auxerre landmark.

  • Église St-Eusèbe

    Presided over by a 12th-century bell tower, this church is a convenient landmark in Auxerre's medieval centre.