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The towns in Burgundy date back to the Middle Ages, and they have pride in their historical town centers. Churches and monasteries  date to the same era.

Discover Ancient Towns and Villages

 The closest busy town is Louhans. It is famous for its arcades with many stores and shops. Every Monday morning there is a traditional fresh market which has food, clothes and pet animals for sale. From East and Whit Monday the hours are extended into the evening.

The old hospital holds a famous apothecary (pharmacy) museum with many ancient pottery containers. The church roof is characteristic of the Dukes of Burgundy from the 17th century.

The main street of Louhans arcades
The tile roofs of the church in Louhans, in the Burgundian style

Cultural Attractions
Scattered throughout the area are many chateaux, each with individual characteristics and architectural styles. Each would offer a unique and special tour.

Burgundy is known for its extensive and interesting, local heritage which includes variety and many choices. We suggest you review some of our suggestions before your visit so you can take advantage of the many opportunities in your planning. Here are some suggestions:

  • Dijon
    with its Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy
  • Dôle
  • Beaune
    on the wine route with its ancient hospital
  • Chalon-sur-Sâone
  • Tournus
  • Mâcon
  • Bourg-en-Bresse
    with the Brou monastery
  • Lons-le-Saunier
  • Pierre-de-Bresse
  • Pierre-Clos
  • Cormatin
  • Cluny
    with its famous abbey 
  • Taizé
  • Citeaux
  • Abbaye de Fontenay
  • Arc-et-Senan
    with its royal saltworks
  • and much more

If your life is too hectic as you prepare for your vacation we show some of the most interesting and venerable sites for your consideration.

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The Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy
The Benedictine Monastery at Cluny
The royal monastery of Brou at Bourg-en-Bresse
Hospice for the poor and needy; the old hospital now a museum in Beaune
The chateau at Cormatin
The royal saltworks at d'arc-et-Senans: model