Derived from the Latinized Gallic name of "Belena", the source at the origin of the village. Beaune refers to Belenos, the Gallic god of living waters. The name Beaune was encountered in the Merovingian period (481-751).
Located in the Côte-d'Or region and the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, Beaune is 45 kilometers south of Dijon, 150 kilometers far from Lyon. It is the second most inhabited municipality. It is also the 8th city of Burgundy, its heritage is rich in terms of Romanesque and neo-Gothic architecture.
Beaune is home to one of the first French monuments inscribed on Unesco's World Heritage List: Fontenay Abbey. Following the departure of the monks at the time of the French Revolution, the church was restored by the Aynard family, descendants of the Montgolfière brothers who occupied the premises. The town is distinguished from the 15th century, thanks to the Hotel-Dieu of Nicolas Rolin. Also known as Hospice de Beaune, this area served as a reception center for the most deprived.
Beaune is also known as the capital of Burgundy wines. Every third weekend in November, the city of Beaune organizes an auction of the local grands crus and part of the proceeds goes to a charitable tradition, in order to perpetuate the humanistic tradition of the Rolin family.
Beaune received several awards for its floral park. The parks, gardens and roses of the city are worth the distinction of being a garden city. Among these flowered areas, you will have to visit the square of the lions, the park Saint-Jacques and the theater of greenery.
What can tourists visit in Beaune: events, hobbies, wineries, museums
Beaune International Film Festival
The 9th edition of the Beaune International Crime Film Festival takes place from March 29 to April 2, 2017. Held for twenty-five years in Cognac in the Charente region, we find all the ingredients that made this festival the inevitable appointment for fans of the Crime movie genre.
The city of Beaune in 45 minutes: the visiotrain offers comments in a dozen languages. This tour allows you to discover all the wonders of the city in a single tour aboard a small tourist train embellished with the motifs of the Burgundy climates. This visit will delight the youngest, being embellished with various musical animations.
Abbey of Fontenay
UNESCO World Heritage since 1981, the abbey is located between Auxerre and Dijon. Founded in 1118 by Saint Bernard de Clairvaux, it is the oldest known Cistercian abbey to this day. Open to the public, the architecture and decoration of this abbey inspired renowned artists, having served in particular for the filming of the Cyrano de Bergerac, with Depardieu on the bill. All the buildings will be visited during this visit, including the bookshop.
Castle of La Rochepôt
The castle of La Rochepôt is a heritage inscribed on the list of historical monuments. A work of neo-Gothic style, it is the old property of the Lords Pot, Knights of the Golden Fleece. Restored by Colonel Sadi Carnot, all rooms are open to visitors. Do not miss the Chinese room and the 72m deep well.
Castle of Comarin
A park with an English garden, the splendor of this castle rebuilt in the 17th century attracts visitors, especially for its setting to enjoy calmly local specialties. The Castle also contains an original version of Diderot's encyclopedia.
To visit on foot, by bike or in your vehicle, discover the daily life of Winegrowers. Go to the conquest of the techniques of conditioning of the wine. From the plantation to the control of the grape varieties without forgetting the tasting of the great local wines, the prestigious vineyards of Burgundy will no longer have secrets at the end of this route of the great wines. Among the most prestigious wine estates, here are three that stand out: Castle Pommard, Domaine Debray and Cabiote wine cellar.
Museum of Burgundy wines
The wines of Burgundy in a setting of modernity, including spectacle sounds and lights will tell the life of a man. The work of the vine, until the creation of the bubbles, the definition of the aromas. A guided wine tasting concludes the visit. The Imaginarium is set in a rich green space bordered by a hectare of water planted with lotus and water lilies.
Hospice of Beaune
Perfectly preserved since its foundation in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, Chancellor of Philip the Good, this medieval hospital shelters treasures that you shouldn’t miss: The great hall of the Pôvres, The Gothic chapel, Kitchen with a spit-rod, The apothecary with its collections of earthenware and tins.
Which hotel to choose in Beaune, comfort rooms for families, restaurants and relaxation activities
La Terre d’Or
Hotel with spacious rooms, comfortable and equipped with a television and free Wi-Fi, provides you a bathrobe to be more comfortable. Enjoy the pleasure of a jacuzzi in the natural cave of Terre d’Or. This property received most commendable reviews in its guestbook and on the travel forums.
Hotel des Remparts
A reference establishment in Burgundy, the Hotel des Remparts has a welcoming and friendly staff. It is near the Burgundy Wine Museum and the Bacchus Restaurant.
Ermitage de Coton
In the heart of the vineyards and located near Beaune, the Ermitage de Coton hotel offers rooms suitable for families. Pets are also welcome. The view overlooks the most prestigious wine estates in the region. Safe box, massage, laundry, the hotel offers relaxation activities to enhance your stay.
How to get from Paris CDG airport to Beaune
The city of Beaune and Charles de Gaulles airport of Paris are 313km away apart. For the van or private car, the best route is to take the A6 towards the Dijon road, and then you can pick up to the D974 towards the rue Jean Belin.