1 / General
As the second biggest city in the Côte d’Or region, Beaune is definitely worth seeing while visiting Burgundy. This charming historic town is a true delight for architecture and wine lovers.
Population: 21 806 inhabitants
Area: 31, 30 km2
Population Density: 697 inhab./km2.
Demonym: Beaunois, Beaunoises
Maps : Google maps
2 / Transport
Travelling to Burgundy is easy as pie.
If you leave from Paris, your journey will last about 3h. Follow the Motorway of the Sun (A6) for about 315 km and have a break in Auxerre if you feel like it. As for the bill, expect to pay around €56* (toll roads + gas).
For the lucky ones who travel from Dijon, Beaune is only 40 km away from there. But if you leave from Lyon, you can be in Beaune in about 1h40 (160 km).
Once in town, you have several options regarding the place where you want to park your car.
- Car parks
With 13 car parks, 4 of which are free, the city offers more than 1300 spots. The first 30 minutes are free and expect to pay around €4.50* for 3 hours.
If you’d rather park on streets, don’t forget to check the zone you’re in.
- Red zone : The first hour costs €1.50*. During the off-season, the first half hour is free; during the high season, you won’t pay anything for the first 15 minutes.
- Orange zone (3 hour limit) / Green zone (10 hour limit) : The first hour costs €1*. After that, each 24 minutes cost €0.40*.
Want to travel by train? There are several daily trains leaving from Paris (Gare de Lyon or Bercy). You can either take a TER or TGV, but whatever you choice is, it will have an impact on the duration of your journey.
To check the departure times and book tickets, please visit the SNCF website.
Getting around town
- By bike
If the weather is fine, discovering the city by bike is a very enjoyable activity. The bravest can even go on a bike ramble and thus discover Burgundy vineyards. This 22 km trail is the perfect occasion to meet local producers.
- By Visiotrain
Here is an original way to discover the city. This perfect blend between a train and a bus is very convenient when the weather is not mild.
Once onboard, you will travel for 45 minutes around the main sites.
- Children from 3 to 12: €4.50*
- Adults: €7.50*
3 / When to go ?
- Beaune International Thriller Film Festival
LThis celebration is the perfect occasion to meet people from the film industry and watch the latest movies before anyone else.
At the end of the festival, the best short films and full-length feature films receive an award. Have you chosen your favourite yet?
- The 24 hours of Beaune
We all know the 24 hours of Le Mans, but do you know how it applies to Beaune? First, you have to create a 3-wheel (or more) non-motorized “vehicle”. Once you’re done, time to try it on the asphalt. More than 25.000 people gather for this annual sporting event. Time to decide if you are a pilot or not!?
- Festival Scène d’été
This summer, you won’t get the chance to get bored thanks to several creative working-groups and artistic shows. As for the little ones, this festival has everything in store for them as well.
- Festival International d’Opéra Baroque et Romantique de Beaune
This is one of the most prestigious baroque music festivals in Europe. In July, surrender to the delicate notes while marveling at the beautiful interior of the Hospices de Beaune.
- Beaune Vibrations
Those vibrations echo all year round. This festival takes place at the Lanterne Magique, an auditorium located at the heart of the city.
Whether you like French or world music, the only thing you have to do is dance!
Summer is over… No need to be sad though! Come have a good time at this jazz festival. What’s better than listening to good music while tasting some wine? From September to October, this epicurean event offers several activities for adults as well as children.
- The Wine Auction at the Hospices Civils de Beaune
The very first auction took place in 1794. This prestigious annual event is considered as the most famous auction sale in the world. Christie’s has been orchestrating the auction since 2005. This mundane event is also a charity one as all the profits are donated to several charitable organizations.
4 / Information and useful addresses
Tourism Office: http://www.beaune-tourism.com/en
Emergency number: 112 (Euro zone, 112 redirects you to 15, 17, 18, 115, and 119)
Fire: dial 18
Ambulance (medical emergency): dial 15
Police dial 17
Missing Children: dial 116
The Burgundy Wine Museum: http://www.beaune-tourism.com/node/166#!/musee-du-vin-de-bourgogne-675138?tab=medias
The Hôtel Dieu : http://www.beaune-tourism.com/node/166#!/musee-de-lhotel-dieu-de-beaune-674517?tab=medias
The Collegiate Church Notre-Dame: http://www.beaune-tourisme.fr/en/sites-de-visite-english#!/collegiale-basilique-notre-dame-674567?tab=medias
Close to Beaune
The Imaginarium : http://www.imaginarium-bourgogne.com/index.php?lg=en
The Cassissium :http://www.beaune-tourism.com/things-do/attractions#!/le-cassissium-674547
5 / Budget in Beaune
The following prices are indicative. They refer to a one night stay in a standard double bedroom and may be subject to confirmation at the time of booking.
- From €45* to €80*
You will be able to stay in up to 3-star establishments. Some of them even have a swimming pool for warm summer days. However, most of those establishments are located a bit far from the city center.
-From €80* to €150*
With this budget, you can stay at chic hotels and B&Bs that are close to the heart of the city.
- If your budget goes over €150*
get ready to spend a night at the best hotels and B&Bs. Those establishments (up to 5 stars) have everything in store to meet your greatest expectations.
Take a look at our website to find a place to stay in Beaune.
The following prices are indicative. They refer to the price of one course or a menu for one.
- From 15 to €40* :
Want to experience burgundian cuisine ? Le Bacchus is the best place to do so. Everybody loves this restaurant, and you will definitely surrender to its generous and tasty menu.
If you are still looking for the P’tit Paradis on earth, you just found it! The mouth-watering meals are original and well-presented. Have a bite and dive into deliciousness.
(Le Bacchus, 6 rue du Faubourg Madeleine)
(Le P’Tit Paradis, 25 rue Paradis)
- From €50* to €90* :
The Le Clos du Cèdre deserves its star. Once inside this sophisticated place, you instantly feel that you have made the right choice. Chef Ledru perfectly combines the finest products to create tasty and refined treats.
(Le Clos du Cèdre, 12 boulevard Maréchal Foch)
6 / Unmissable visits!
- The Burgundy Wine Museum
This is the very first ecomuseum in France. It opened in 1938 and was first located in the old town’s belfry. In 1946, the museum was tranferred to the former residence of the Dukes of Burgundy. Once inside, you can marvel at more than 20 centuries of wine-making history thanks to numerous objects such as medieval wine presses, jars and Gallo-Roman goldsmithery.
- The Hôtel Dieu
This is the emblem of the city. In 1443, Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor to Philippe The Good, founded the Hôtel Dieu, also known as the Hospices de Beaune. Its polychrome roof (gothic flamboyant style) turned the place into an impressively beautiful architectural ensemble.
Today, the Hôtel Dieu hosts the prestigious wine auction orchestrated by Christie’s.
- The Collegiate Church Notre-Dame
This religious site dates back to the second half of the 12th century. Registered as Historic Monument in 1840, this clunisian, gothic, and Renaissance collegiate church is one of the last biggest Roman churches in Burgundy. Once inside, you will see an impressive tapestry representing the life of Mary as well as a black Virgin Mary.
Close to Beaune
- L’Imaginarium :
In order to properly discover the wine-making world, go to the Imaginarium, a place that will wake up all your senses.
Your journey is divided into 3 parts, starting with a sound and light show and ending with a wine tasting session.
- Free for any children under 12
- Young people from 12 to 17: €6*
- Full price: €9* for the Formule Découverte / €17* for the Formule Prestige
- The Cassisium :
After all this time around grapes, how about discovering how to make blackcurrant cream?
This place is the little brother of the Imaginarium, and just like its big brother, it will wake up your senses.
How well do you know this little acid fruit? If you wish to know more about its origins and uses, enter the Cassisium!
- Free for any children under 12
- Students :€6.50*
- Full price : €8.50*
*This travel guide was published in June 2015, prices may then vary.