Top 5 attractions in Burgundy

Burgundy is chiefly known to yield some of the best wines in France, but there is more to this French region that endless vineyard and wineries (not that there would be anything wrong with that). Even those who loathe wine would have a hard time disliking Burgundy, or Bourgogne, as it is called in French. The region has a very rich history, and the architecture of its towns and cities clearly reflects it. There are many cultural and historical attractions in the region, but other things that attracts visitors is its natural beauty, and last but not least, its unique cuisine. So for all prospective visitors, here are the top 5 attractions in Burgundy.

Auxerre

The historical city of Auxerre has some great wineries in its vicinity where you can get acquainted with some of the best Burgundy wines around. In terms of traditional attractions, Auxerre has a lot to offer. The splendid Gothic spires of the Cathédrale Saint-Étienne d’Auxerre are a must-see, and so is the old Abbey of Saint-Germain, which no longer functions, but which has a fascinating crypt from the times of Charlemagne.

Semur-en-Auxois

In the heart of the Cote d’Or is one of the most amazing medieval towns in France, Semur-en-Auxois, on the banks of River Armançon. In the past, Semur-en-Auxois used to be heavily fortified, and while much of the castle has been torn down, the impressive towers still stand tall. In typical medieval fashion, there are lots of cobbled streets, quaint shops and medieval bridges.

Château de Châteauneuf

The 15th century Château de Châteauneuf is one of the most well-preserved and intricate castles in Burgundy. Its grandeur is due to the masterful quality of the architecture, but also due to its impressive bulk and the fact that it is perched on a 500 meter high rocky outcrop. The castle itself is very interesting, and you’ll also be rewarded with a view of the surrounding plains.

Salives

The historic village of Salives is surrounded by ramparts built in the 13th-15th centuries, which surround houses that date back to the 14th century. Some of the most interesting attractions are a dungeon that dates back to the year 1000, a washhouse with a spring inside, and a 12th century church.

Beaune

The history of Beaune can be traced back to Roman times, but what makes this town famous is another age-old tradition: winemaking. Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy, and every year in autumn it has a huge wine auction which is worth attending, as well as a three-day food and wine festival.

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