France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   What to See & Do in Beaune, France
Beaune is a compact city and the major sights are all in walking distance of each other.




Beaune is a charming small city, with narrow cobbled streets and stone buildings. You can easily walk around the town—within the remains of the ancient city walls—and enjoy the sights and soak in the ambience. You'll definitely want comfortable walking shoes for exploring Beaune; the distances aren't great, but the old stone streets can be quite uneven.

Beaune's most famous sight is the Hôtel-Dieu, originally a charity hospital built in 1443 and today a museum. It's annual charity wine auction is world famous. More...

You can get a combined ticket that includes the Hôtel-Dieu, the Musée du Vin, and the Musée des Beaux Arts.

The Musée du Vin, housed in the former home of the Dukes of Burgundy, provides a fascinating tour through the history of wine and wine making. More...

Right in the center of town is the lovely Basilique Notre-Dame, famous for its 15th century tapestries of the life of the Virgin Mary. Both the Basilica and the Musée du Vin can be accessed from either Rue Paradis or Rue d'Enfer...Kind of makes you wonder. More...

On Saturdays, be sure to visit the wonderful market, at the Place de la Halle. It's huge, and if you're walking anywhere in the center of Beaune you won't be able to miss it. More...

  Mustard, Beaune, France

For a change of pace, consider a tour of the Moutarderie Fallot, just outside of the city walls. You'll learn lots about mustard production and about what Dijon mustard is...and is not. You can do either a museum-type tour or a visit of the actual production, and of course you can taste and buy mustard in the shop. More...

Beaune is also a great base for visiting the surrounding wine country of the Côte d'Or. With places like Nuits St-Georges, Clos de Vougeot, and Gevrey-Chambertin to the north; and Mâcon, Meursault, and Pouilly-Fuissé to the south, you can enjoy excursions along the Route des Grands Crus and get back to Beaune in time for dinner in one of its many restaurants. More...


About Beaune

Best Beaune Hotels

Beaune Tourist Information

Beaune Restaurants

Excursions in Burgundy

Burgundy Food & Drink

Burgundy Wines

About Dijon

Dijon in 1968

About Burgundy



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Hotel Dieu, Beaune, France

Above, Beautiful tile roof of the Hôtel-Dieu.

Below, Facade of Basilique Notre-Dame, Beaune.


Notre-Dame, Beaune, France

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