Semur-en-Auxois – France

Semur-en-AuxoisSemur-en-Auxois – Burgundy-France

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.   

Semur-en-Auxois sits on the Armacon river which can be seen from various view points as you explore on foot. The town entrance is dominated by the two of the four round imposing towers. Though the first glimpse of the town on arrival is probably the most impressive, it is an easy place to walk around in and get the feel for some of the most amazing villages of France.  The town of Semur en Auxois has four towers which all served a different purpose over time. They are the:Tour L’Orle D’Or – which can be visited, Tour De Gehenne, Tour Margot (home to the theatre performers) and Tour de la Prison (jail)

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:

Nearby attractions:

  • 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 

Nitty Gritty:
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

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