If you find yourself cruising through Burgundy on your barge holiday in France, why not plan a stop in Beaune? Although you may not have heard of it before, this medieval town is located in the heart of the renowned Cote de Beaune and has claimed the title “Capital of Burgundy wines”. It’s definitely a must-visit for any wine lover, but that’s not all it has to offer. The historic town is compact and full of things to discover, both old and new and is the perfect place to wander around – you can see so much in just a few hours. From gastronomical delights like local fromageries and delis to picturesque cobbled streets and gothic architecture, this lovely town is well worth a visit while on your barge holiday in France.
Things to Do and See in Beaune
Hospices de Beaune
If you only have time to see one thing, it must be this ancient hospital. Also known as the Hotel-Dieu, the fantastic Gothic buildings were constructed in the Middle Ages as a hospital for the poor. Its impressive facade is worth a look itself, but venturing inside will take you back in time as you wander through rooms where patients were treated and cared for. Plus, it’s totally free to enter!
This town has been the heart of wine making since the Middle-Ages so you should definitely take the opportunity to discover all that the region has to offer in terms of tipples. If you have time, the Chateau de Pommard is a prestigious winery producing sublime organic wines, including the world famous Grand Crus. And let’s be honest, a barge holiday in France is not complete without some wine tasting. Museum of Wine
Speaking of wine, it’s no surprise that the Capital of Burgundy wine has its own Musee du Vin. If you’re interested in the history of winemaking, this will be a real treat. Housed in the Duke of Burgundy’s former manor house, the building itself is sure to impress. Inside the museum you’ll be able to learn about how the region’s producers have been making delicious Burgundies throughout the centuries.
Whether you have a few spare hours or a couple of days open on your barge holiday in France, Beaune is the perfect pit stop. Right in the heart of Burgundy, it’s easy to get to and is full of delicious and fascinating things to discover.
Author Plate Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider if you’re looking for an all-inclusive, luxury barge holiday in France or other great destinations. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience