The Best Things to Do in Burgundy

From our French Holiday Cottage in Meursault, there are plenty of things to do around the Burgundy region. Burgundy is full of impressive architecture, natural beauty and history. We’ve been visiting for 15 years and we still haven’t run out of things to do in Burgundy.

History, UNESCO and Natural Beauty

A list of the best things to do in Burgundy includes not one, but four UNESCO world heritage sites plus Roman ruins, manicured gardens, and of course, chateaux. In fact, the drive through the Burgundian countryside, winding through its ancient villages, is half the fun.

Wine and Food

A visit to Burgundy wouldn't be complete without visiting the vineyards (the Climats de Bourgogne are yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site) and eating Burgundian specialties. Check our list of wine tasting and chateaux visits and our favorite restaurants around Meursault and Beaune.

Hotel Dieu Beaune - tourist attraction Burgundy

Hotel-Dieu, Beaune

A hospital founded during the Middle Ages, Hotel Dieu, or “The Hospices de Beaune, “ served the poor following the 100 years war. The structure is a renowned historic monument featuring a colorful roof, Gothic architecture, and museum.
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City gate in Beaune France- tourism center in Burgundy

Beaune

The city of Beaune is just 5km away with it's ancient ramparts, gourmet restaurants, wine tasting, specialty shops, and a large Saturday market full of the region’s best produce, cheese, and more delicacies.
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Clos de Vougeot Wine Presses - Things to do in Burgundy

Chateau du Clos de Vougeot

Originally built in the 12th century by monks, this chateau is unique in the area for its enormous wine presses. The engineering is marvelous. The chateau tour includes Cisterian cellars, the old kitchens, and more. The chateau is about 35km (22mi) from our French Holiday Cottage.
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Chateau Cormatin - Best things to do in Burgundy

Chateau de Cormatin

This 17th century castle has stunning gardens and a meticulously restored interior. The simple potager, or kitchen garden, is the epitome of French charm while the formal gardens, with gazebo and hedge maze, are a delight. The castle is 55km (34mi) from our rental cottages.
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Chateau de La Rochepot - Tourist site in Burgundy, France

Chateau de La Rochepot

Since 1180, Chateau de La Rochepot has been standing guard on a rocky peak . With a traditional colorful Burgundian roof, and restored interiors, the castle makes a lovely visit just 10km (6mi) from the holiday cottage. The restored old kitchen and armaments are a nice display.
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Routes des Grands Crus wine tourism route in Burgundy France

Route des Grands Crus

The Route des Grand Crus meanders through several world-renowned wine villages including Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Santenay and more. All along, you view the Climats de Bourgogne, the vineyards themselves, which are a world heritage site. From our holiday cottage located along the route, you can bike, walk or drive along vineyard trails.
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Chateauneuf en Auxois Castle - tourist site Burgundy

Chateauneuf-en-Auxois

Perched atop a rocky cliff, Chateauneuf (35km/21mi) was a fortified village and is one of the last remaining exmaples of 14th century Burgundian architecture. Explore inside the castle and learn about early defensive techniques. The village is quaint and hosts festivals, art exhibits and more event throughout the year.
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Chateau to visit around Burgundy

Chateaux of Burgundy

Chateaux (castles) are located throughout Burgundy and we've highlighted some of our favorites on this page. But there are several more famous ones that range from elegant palaces to medieval fortresses and abbeys.
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Abbaye de la Ferte Burgundy Tourism Site

Abbaye de la Ferte

Among all the castles in Burgundy, why visit this one? Because you can get a tour from the owner, whose family has lived there for 400+ years. He'll share stories about their lives, which includes their famous inventions on display in the castle. One of the best chateau tours we've ever been on-- my children were enthralled. (45km / 27mi from the cottage.)
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Church of 100 gargoyles in Dijon, Burgundy - tourist site Burgundy

Dijon Historic Center

Dijon (53km/33mi) was the political center of France during the Middle Ages when it was run by the Dukes of Burgundy. The Dukes left a legacy of grand buildings including the Palace of the Dukes which also hosts a renowned museum of fine arts. Wander the old streets around the palace to discover churches, museums, and an extensive shopping and dining area. The historical center of Dijon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Alesia Site, a Gallo Roman Village and one of the best things to do in Burgundy

Alésia

Alésia is the site of an ancient gallo-roman village and the siege of the Gauls by the Romans. The hill itself has been inhabited since prehistoric times and in 52 BC, Vercingétorix and is Gallic knights were overtaken by the Romans and Germanic troops. View the ruins of the ancient village with amphitheater and forum, or visit the new interpretive center with reenactments and historical education displays. Alésia is located about 100km (60 mi) from our holiday cottages.
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Abbaye Fontenay UNESCO Site Burgundy

Abbaye de Fontenay

This UNESCO World Heritage site was originally founded in 1118 and is the oldest preserved Cistercian abbey in the world. The architecture is stunning, the gardens are lovely, and the engineering in the mill area is impressive. It’s a bit further afield from our cottages at about 110km (68 mi), but it’s well worth the trip.
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Vezelay hilltop town and basilica- best  tourism things to do in Burgundy

Vézelay

This beautiful hilltop village is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. It’s yet another UNESCO World Heritage site in Burgundy. The shops and restaurants along the path to the hilltop basilica make wandering up the hill an experience in and of itself. At the top of the hill, discover the 12th century basilica and the expansive views of the countryside below. Located about 112 km (70mi) from our holiday cottages, Vézelay is a day trip you don’t want to miss.
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Lyon Roman Amphitheater- tourism things to do near Burgundy

Vieux Lyon and Fourvière Hill

Vieux Lyon and the Fourvière Hill are part of a UNESCO world heritage site. Lyon is 160km (100 mi) from the holiday cottages. Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon) is the heart of the old Renaissance city. Full of architecture, churches, shops and dining, it is a wonderful quarter to wander through. There are usually artists selling their works on Saturday mornings near the river. Fourvière Hill was the city center when Romans ruled in 43 BC. Today the site still hosts two roman amphitheaters and a great museum on the history of Lyon.
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Lyon Confluence District Architecture- tourism things to do near Burgundy

Lyon Confluence District

Lyon hosts a diverse set of neighborhoods, including the Confluence District which is full of interesting architecture. The Confluence district was created as a model of contemporary urbanism meant to reconcile quality of life with ecology. The angular glass and steel Museum (Musée) de Confluence is architecturally interesting and the exhibits are presented with a creative, modern aesthetic. Stroll the streets along the waterfront to discover the innovative architecture or schedule a walking tour.
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