On our trip to Europe we had two short days to spare between leaving Bruges and making our way to visit family in Burgundy – and as we caved into a car hire for 10 days we decided that we should find a cool little spot en-route. We picked up our car off the train in Paris and drove into Burgundy. So looking up some random google images and a few reviews here and there, off the pages lept the town of Semur-en-Auxois. As you approach the town you can see the walled medieval city with its bridge leading into town.
To do in town
- Walking tour to take in the Cathedral and the towers
- Mini Train – takes you around the town via the main points of interests
- Notre Dame Church
- Town Museum
- Tower of L’Orle D’Or
- Town ramparts and its 6 gates
- Italian Theatre
- Medieval Festival – usually held late May early June
There is not a lot to do in the town proper however it is a great base to explore the Cote D’or region of Burgundy.
Located within an easy drive from Semur-en-Auxois you will find the following towns which are a must on your itinerary to Burgundy:
- Abbey of Fontenay – a Unesco world Heritage site
- Flavigny-sur-Ozerain – famous for its little mints
- Alesia – A theme park and Roman ruins including the statue of Vercingetorix
- Vezelay – A little further afield but well worth a visit – check out my post here
Hotel de la Cote D’Or – Semur-en Auxois – see the previous post here
Access: The town is best reached by car, however there is train Paris to Montbard and then you have to connect with a bus.
Tourism office – for more details
Been to France, what was your favourite village you visited and why?