Capital of the Burgundy wines, Beaune is famous worldwide.
You will discover exceptional architecture and a unique atmosphere, which will entrance you as you wander and explore its delightful cobbled lanes and streets.
The dynamic, colourful and lively market every Saturday morning is not be missed.
The Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel Dieu
Its glazed multi-coloured roofs have made it the symbol of Burgundy.
The Hôtel Dieu, founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin and his wife Guigone de Salins, was designed to provide care and housing for the poor. It welcomed its first patient in 1452. Since then it has continued to look after the elderly, orphans, the sick and the destitute through to the 20th century.
The tour starts with the “Cour Rectangulaire” (Rectangular Court). This gives an unbeatable view of the roof with its glazed tiles. The tour then visits the different rooms in the hospice. The most symbolic and the largest is the Salle des Pôvres (50 m long), containing two rows of curtained beds. Then you will visit the Chapel, the Saint Anne room, Saint Hugues room, Saint Nicolas room, the kitchen, the apothecary and the Saint Louis room.
The Hospices de Beaune house a major work of art, exhibited in an air-conditioned room: the “Last Judgement” polyptych by the Flemish painter Van der Weyden.
The Musée du Vin (Wine Museum)
Installed in the former Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, the Musée du Vin presents collections that tell the history of the vine from antiquity up to the 20th century.
The Musée des Beaux Arts (Art Museum)
Collections from the 12th to the early 20th centuries
The Etienne Jules Marey Museum
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Discover Beaune’s most beautiful squares: Place Carnot, Place Madeleine, Place Ziem, Place de la Halle.
Wander through the bustling flower-filled streets, take advantage of the many café terraces and breathe in the atmosphere of this relaxed way of life!
Don’t forget to visit the ramparts and explore the various fortifications...
Continue your tour with the Collegial Basilica of Notre Dame, and then take a short walk through the lush La Bouzaize park.
Beaune will show you its secrets if you take the time to explore the town and discover its districts, old buildings and its residents!