Beaune is a commune in eastern France, a sub-prefecture of department 21, the Cote-d'Or department, in the Burgundy region. Situated in the heart of prestigious vineyards, like Pommard, Corton-Charlemagne, La Romanee-Conti whose names make wine lovers’ eyes sparkle, Beaune is also a city of art with the master element of the town’s heritage: the Hotel-Dieu (Hospices de Beaune) and its multi-coloured roofs.
Beaune is one of the key wine centres in France and the annual wine auction of the Hospices de Beaune is the primary wine auction in France. With a rich historical and architectural heritage, Beaune is considered the “Capital of Burgundy wines”, i.e. wine produced in the Burgundy region of France, primarily from Pinot Noir grapes and Chardonnay grapes.
It is an ancient and historic town on a plain by the hills of the Cote d’Or, with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras, through the medieval and renaissance periods and up to recent history and modern times. Beaune is a walled city, with about half of the battlements, ramparts, and the moat (remnants of the 100 Years’ War), having survived and in good condition, and the central “old town” is extensive. The town and its surrounding areas are known for their climatically unique semi-continental weather along with oceanic influences characterized by considerable seasonal temperature differences and frequent rains throughout each season. Approximately 30,000 people call Beaune home.
Although it is primarily centred around the wine industry and its related services, Beaune has developed a flourishing tourism industry and attracts a large number of tourists from around the world. Wine festivals, the very finest in French cuisine, fine-food markets, flea markets, cultural and film events etc. ensure the inclusion of Beaune in any culinary connoisseur’s trip to France. It is one of the first stops in the Route des Grands Crus (roughly, the road of great wines), which is a wine pilgrimage of sorts. Thus, for the wine-lover, the foodie, the history buff or simply the born traveller, Beaune is one those places you must visit at least once in your life.
Essential travel information and Beaune tips for your visit
- Always have your umbrellas handy.
- Parking is free outside of the town walls. There are also a number of parking lots on the ring roads.
- Bus tickets can be bought in the buses themselves and are valid for one hour.
The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Beaune
Save 7%Small-Group Cte de Nuits Burgundy Wine Tour from Beaune9 Reviews
Duration: 9 Hrs
On this Small-Group 9-hour wine tour, you will visit the Chateau du Clos Vougeot, and visit two wineries with your driver-gui...
Save 4%Private Full Day Tour Cte de Nuits and Cte de BeauneNew on TripHobo
Duration: 8 Hrs
Full day private tour in the Cte de Nuits & Cte de Beaune vineyards.
Save 6%Burgundy Bike Tour with Wine Tasting from Beaune9 Reviews
Duration: 7 Hrs
This tour is a sample of Burgundy, with scenic views, wines, vineyards, food and winemakers. After a transfer by minivan from...
Save 4%Small-Group Day Tour from Beaune including Wine Tastings and LunchNew on TripHobo
Duration: 6 Hrs 18 Mins
Meet your personal guide in Beaune and start the day with a visit of the prestigious Hospices de Beaune. Discover Beaune and ...
Here's how much it will cost to shop in Beaune
Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
International Movie per seat 10.19 USD
Summer clothing in a chain store 33.96 USD
Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.24 USD
Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 94.12 USD
*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced and subjected to change without notice.