Autun

View of the city

Autun is a small walled hill city in Burgundy, France.

Understand

Steeped in Roman history, complete with a spectacular Romanesque spire standing proud against the Morvan hills, Autun, formerly Augustodunum, was a garrison town during the Roman Empire.

Although the lower parts of this city are fairly modern with bowling alleys, McDonald's and lots of students milling around, stroll further into the heart of the centre and you find yourself wandering through numerous winding streets lined with fantastic architecture, quaint shops, cafes and restaurants before reaching the rather impressive cathedral.

It’s small enough to access everything on foot, but large enough to hold your interest for quite some time. It also has a beautiful French atmosphere that is just waiting for you to soak up!

Get in

Cathédrale Saint-Lazare d'Autun

Autun is accessible by bus or car, via secondary roads.

You can fly to Lyon, about 2 hours away by car.

See

Porte Saint-André, an ancient Roman gate

Do

The countryside in this area is truly breathtaking; from the Parc Regional du Morvan with its forest-clad hills and cascading streams, to authentic French villages where you can sit by the river with a freshly-made croissant and simply soak up the atmosphere.

Buy

Tour des Ursulines

There are numerous shops to peruse in Autun, but most alluring are the chocolate shops and patisseries.

Sleep

Try something other than a hotel: there are a few maison d'hotes/chambres d'hotes (bed and breakfasts) in or near the town.

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