Things to do in Burgundy it’s not all about the wine

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The first thing everyone will think of when you mention Bergundy is the wine. After all, even those who equate wine to vinegar and have no interest in the stuff knows that Bergundy wine is among the most cherished in the world. But Bergundy as a place to visit on vacation is so much more than that.

Things to do in Burgundy

The best tourist sites in Burgundy include the Rock of Solutré, the Tournus cathedral, Cluny, Brancion, and the castles of Cormatin and Couches. Other attractions include the palace of the dukes of Burgundy in Dijon, the Pézanin Arboretum (in Dompierre-les-Ormes), and Vézelay abbey. Of course there are wine tasting tours aplenty and you can also grab a pot of the regions famous mustard.

Hospices de Beaune

The Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune is a former charitable almshouse in Beaune, France. It was founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of Burgundy, as a hospital for the poor. The original hospital building, the Hôtel-Dieu, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth-century architecture, is now a museum.

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon

The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon is a museum of fine arts opened in 1787 in Dijon, France. It is housed in the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy in the historic centre of Dijon.

Half-timbered houses in Dijon

Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy

The Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy or Palais des ducs et des États de Bourgogne is a remarkably well-preserved architectural assemblage in Dijon.

Museum of Burgundian Life

Museum recounting regional history & domestic life through costumes & artifacts in an old monastery.

Château de la Verrerie

The Château de la Verrerie is an historic castle in Le Creusot, Saône-et-Loire, listed as an official historical monument by the French Ministry of Culture since 1984.

The Burgundy Slave Route

A poignant tour around the region which the Burgundy slave route includes three main sites.

Toulon-sur-Arroux and Charolles where a charter demanding the abolition of slavery was conceived and the Château de Lamartine in Saint-Point. The chateau was where the decree was issued in 1848 that abolished slavery in the Franch colonies.

Burgundy and its wine

Burgundy of course is one of France’s main wine producing regions. It is well known for both its red and white wines, mostly made from Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes, respectively.

Burgundy wine country

Other grape varieties can be found, including Gamay, Aligote, Pinot blanc, and Sauvignon blanc.

The region is divided into the Côte-d’Or, where the most expensive and prized Burgundies are found, and Beaujolais, Chablis, the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâcon.

The reputation and quality of the top wines, together with the fact that they are often produced in small quantities, has led to high demand and high prices, with some Burgundies ranking among the most expensive wines in the world.

With regard to cuisine, the region is famous for the Burgundian dishes coq au vin, beef bourguignon, and époisses de Bourgogne cheese.

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