Places of Interest in Burgundy

Information on the main tourist attractions, places of interest and sights to see in and around Burgundy...

Morvan National Park

The Morvan National Park has over 170,000 hectares of forest and countryside and many lakes and streams.

Hospices de Beaune – Hôtel-Dieu

The exterior of the Hôtel-Dieu is almost more impressive then it’s interior with its multi-coloured roof renowned throughout France. The historical buildings of the hospice have now been turned into museums, whilst modern additions have been made to continue its work as a short-stay hospital and a medical training facility. The historical hospital also hosts the annual Beaune wine auction, drawing wine producers from all over the country.

The museums hold over 5,000 historical items, the most famous being the polyptych of The Last Judgment Day, often attributed to Rogier van der Weyden. Their collection also includes a number of tapestries, paintings and antique furniture.

  • Hôtel-Dieu Beaune
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    : Rue de l’Hôtel-Dieu, Beaune
    Tel: 03 80 24 45 00
    Open: Every day of the year

Bibracte: Musée de la Civilisation Celtique

Inhabited since 500 BC, the site has seen the election of Vercingetorix and Roman imperialism. Now an archeological site, visitors can learn about the daily life of Celtic civilisation.

  • Bibracte
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    : Saint Leger-sous-Bevray, 71990
    Tel: 03 85 86 52 35
    Open: For individual visits, open every day from mid-March to mid-November from 10:00-18:00 and until 19:00 in July and August. Groups and school visits are welcome throughout the year

World Heritage Sites in Burgundy

The Basilica Sainte-Madeleine had been a World Heritage site since 1979. Due to its historical use as a meeting point for pilgrims on the way to Santiago and Saint Magdalen relics, it has retained it’s pilgrimage significance. Guided visits of the village and church are available for groups in English.

The Abbaye de Fontenay has been a World Heritage site since 1981. One of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in Europe and founded in 1119 by St Bernard, the abbey is incredibly well preserved. The abbey has been completely restored except for the refectory which was destroyed.