Covering 12,000 square miles in the centre of France, Bourgogne may not be known for its tourist attractions, but those who do choose to visit the region will be pleasantly surprised by the attractions on offer. The best way to get around the region is to hire a car, although it’s advisable to try to avoid the motorways that pass through the region as you’ll pay to use them. If you are willing to pay, they do make for quick travel and you are not too far from Paris if you want to go for the day.
Also known commonly as Burgundy, particularly in the UK, the region has vineyards, mountains and the river Yonne, and there is plenty to see, and like the rest of France, Bourgogne has its fair share of stunning architecture, views and world heritage sites.
What to see when you hire a car in Bourgogne
The Burgundy region is famous for its wines, with a number of the finest wines in the world coming from the region. Of particular note are the wine museum for the region in Beaune, and the Chateau du Clos Vougeot. You can also follow the grand vintage wine train (Route des vins des Grands Crus) which also takes in the Chateau de Pommard.
The capital city of Bourgogne has a stunning Cathedral, as well as a number of different Museums, shops, a cinema. Well worth a visit is the palace of the dukes of Burgundy, which is one of the oldest parts of the historic city and is popular with tourists from inside and outside of France.
This stunning Cistercian Abbey is another of the many UNESCO world heritage sites in France and is located near Montbard. With hundreds of years of history, the abbey is still a fully working abbey but open to visitors who can enjoy the breathtaking architecture and stain glass windows throughout the year.
Abbaye de Vezelay
Another UNESCO world heritage site, the Abbaye de Vazelay is one of a number of Romanesque churches in the region and is often the starting point for many people undertaking pilgrimages to Santiago de Compestella.
Chablis and Auxerre
Two small towns on the edge of the vineyard region, Chablis is a well known wine producing area, while Auxerre is better known for its football team. Both towns are steeped in history, with old buildings, narrow streets and quaint cafes making them ideal towns to visit.
Morvan Natural Park
A truly stunning natural park on the edge of the region, the Morvan natural park is the closest mountain range to the capital city Paris. With one peak reaching 900m and beautiful woodland surrounding the peaks this park is great for nature enthusiasts, walkers, photographers and anyone with an appreciating for natural beauty.