Burgundy

The location of Burgundy in France

Burgundy (French, Bourgogne) is an inland region of east-central France southeast of Paris. Noted for its rich history, Burgundy is probably most famous for the wines of the same name, as well as several other important varieties.

Cities

The Hotel-Dieu of Beaune

Other destinations

Understand

The church in the village of Colombier

Burgundy has a rich architectural inheritance of remarkable buildings, including castles and major Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals. Its vineyards are some of the most prestigious in the world, and its cuisine is also famous. Aside from cities and towns, many of them walled, with well-known structures, the countryside is dotted with numerous pleasant, picturesque villages.

Burgundy also offers natural beauty, with lakes and forests, and plenty of opportunities for fishing, walking or riding. The Nièvre holds a vast area of wild countryside ideal both for sport and cultural activities. The visitor will find lands with different tastes to discover, and gentle landscapes with the river Loire and hillsides covered with vineyards.

Wine is unmistakably the most well known product in Burgundy. From north to south, the most famous and recognizable wines of the region grow on carefully exposed soils: Chablis, Côteaux de l'Auxerrois, Côte-de-Nuits, Côte-de-Beaune, Hautes-Côtes, Côtes Chalonnaise et Mâconnais, and, of course, Pouilly-sur-Loire.

Talk

As with the rest of France, the language widely spoken is French so learn a few key French words and phrases.

As far as English is concerned, it is quite likely that tourists will be able to find English speakers in tourist areas, and the larger towns and cities such as Dijon. As soon as you venture into less populated areas, some knowledge of French becomes essential.

Get in

View of part of Auxerre, featuring the Abbey of Saint-Germain

By car

Burgundy is crossed by the A6 from Paris in the northwest to Beaune where it connects to the A31 that runs from north to south along the east side of the region. On the west side, parallel to the Loire, runs the A77 that proceeds as RN7 a few kilometers south of Nevers.

By train

The TGV runs from Paris to Lyon via Dijon. France has an extensive rail network serviced by TER (regional express trains).

By plane

See

A Route des Grands Crus sign in Vougeot
  • Route des Grands Crus - The approximately 60 kilometer route runs along the foot of the Côte d'Or from Dijon in the North to Santenay in the South. She runs through many of the great appellations of Burgundy wines. It takes visitors through the vineyards of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune and the hills of the Hautes-Côtes. The route passes 33 villages, including Beaune, and runs along many picturesque churches.
  • Route Touristique des Grands Vin de Bourgogne - This route of 100 kilometers is a continuation of the Route des Grands Crus and runs from Santenay to Saint-Gengoux-le-National. The route is well marked and can be traveled easily by bike.
  • Routes des Vins Mâconnais-Beaujolais – This route is a way to discover the vineyards of Upper Mâconnais and leads along Lugny, Burgy, Fleurville, Saint-Albain, Macon, Peronne, St. Gengoux-de-Scisse and Bissy la Mâconnaise. Suivez la grappe means follow the grapes.
  • Route des Vignobles de l'Yonne – This route takes you through the vineyards of the Yonne, called wine of Lower Burgundy, and is formed by the Chablis vineyards, Auxerre vineyards, the vineyards of Vézelay, the vineyards of Tonnerre and Joigny.

Do

Eat

16th-century bridge across the Loire in la Charité sur Loire, Nièvre

Burgundy is not only known for its famous wines. It has a good reputation for its cuisine, too.

Regional specialities

Restaurants

Of the 25 three-star restaurants in France, three can be found in Burgundy.

But you do not have to go to a starred restaurant for good food. Even in the smallest villages you will find good traditional restaurants. Along the roads you will find Restaurant Routiers where you can order le menu du jour or le plat du jour for a very reasonable price.

Go next

Paris and Lyon aren't too far away. To the west is the Centre-Val de Loire, with its numerous chateaux.

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