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Best things to do in Beaune

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Museum
“The Hôtel-Dieu is a former hospital founded in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy, and his wife, Guigone de Salins. It is only when you step into the main courtyard that you see the flamboyant roof with varnished tiles, a...more Closed Now Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM See all hours Suggested duration: 1-2 hours”
48 locals recommend
History Museum
“ A hospital foundation from the Middle Ages, the Hospices de Beaune is one of France’s most prestigious historic monuments. Its flamboyant Gothic architecture, its polychrome roofs and a renowned vineyard make this museum one of Burgundy’s gems. The Hospices de Beaune is also famous for its 60 hectares wine estate, producing prestigious wines, sold at auction on the third Sunday in November. A Palace for the Poor When in 1443, Chancellor Nicolas Rolin founded the Hôtel Dieu (Hospices de Beaune), Beaune was coming out of the 100 years war, a period of unrest and plague that decimated the countryside. It was for the poor and the most disadvantaged that this masterpiece inspired by the most outstanding hôtels-Dieu of Flanders and Paris was built. Behind the austere slate roofs of the facade are the stunning courtyard, beautiful varnished tile roofs and overhead skylights. All around the courtyard, the harmonious organisation of buildings rule the life of this charitable institution: under the hull-shaped arches of the poor room, the sick were welcomed in, and in the kitchen with its huge Gothic chimneys, meals were prepared, while the apothecary with its mortar and earthenware pots, was the preserve of the sister pharmacist. Palace for the poor - Hospices de Beaune © Francis Vauban Palace for the poor - Hospices de Beaune © Francis Vauban Hospices de Beaune: a foundation for all eternity Nicolas Rolin used his vast knowledge of hospital institutions to make his hôtel Dieu (Hospices de Beaune) an establishment capable of surviving the centuries. As a good trader, he placed it under the spiritual authority of the Holy See, free from any charge and under good management, endowing it with vineyards, farms and woods. But the search for architectural perfection, the beauty of objects and the polyptych of the Last Judgement ordered from Rogier Van der Weyden, one of the great masters of Flemish painting, it’s the Christian and philanthropist to whom we’re indebted. Nicolas Rolin made his hôtel dieu a work and an act of faith for all eternity. Hôtel-Dieu's Entrance © Studio Piffaut Polyptych of the Last Judgement © F. Vauban Entrance - Hospices de Beaune © Francis Vauban Pharmacy © Francis Vauban Hospices de Beaune: the wine-makers’ hospital In 1457, Guillemette Levernier made the first gift of vineyards to the Hospices de Beaune, and this tradition was to continue for five centuries. Today, the wine estate is around 60 hectares, of which 50 are devoted to Pinot Noir and the rest to Chardonnay. Entrusted to 22 winemakers handpicked by its manager, this exceptional vineyard accounts for 85% of premiers crus and grands crus sold at auction on the third Sunday in November. The sale, today organised by Christie's auction house, is the most famous wine charity auction in the world. The proceeds of the sale are used to improve the hospital’s equipment and in the conservation of the Hôtel Dieu. ”
18 locals recommend
Park
“Where all the Beaunoises families go after school or on a Sunday for a stroll with the kids :-)”
18 locals recommend
Bar
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“Enjoy a great bottle of wine from a rockstar producer. Simple food available. Outside terrace.”
14 locals recommend
Museum
“LA moutarde, la vraie, fabriquée à Beaune. Visite recommandée avec parcours des 5 sens. Des gouts et des saveurs extremement variés. Nous recommandons la moutarde IGP fabriquée avec moutarde cultivée en Bourgogne et vinaigre élaboré avec du vin de Bourgogne également... ”
14 locals recommend
Museum
“A great honor to old winemaking practices and the working tradition of the region”
6 locals recommend
Wine Shop
“tout sur le vin ! Avec en plus de jolis bijoux, une bonne librairie et à l'étage ne belle sélection de cadeaux bébés et enfants Anything wine related, great jewelery and books and upstairs a very good shop for kids presents”
17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great restaurant, great value! Love it as it is tasty and simple. Make sure you book in advance!”
10 locals recommend
Multiplex
“Plusieurs salles à proximité du Centre ville, une bonne sélection de films et juste à côté, l'école de cinéma de Claude Lelouch avec le café du cinéma”
3 locals recommend
Bar
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“Excellent restaurant, le chef qui cuisine la viande devant vous est le patron”
9 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Meilleur Tarif, son Drive et ça Station Essence ( carburant souvent le moins élevé de a ville)”
5 locals recommend
Establishment
“The largest caves in Burgundy and a historic domaine in Beaune worth visiting”
12 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“salle magnifique (cave voutée), accueil agréable et bonne table avec plats bourguignons mais pas que...Belle carte des vins.”
5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Restaurant la Buissonnière pour son côté "Vintage" et sa succulente cuisine maison ! Réservez !”
1 local recommends
Lounge
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1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“très bon rapport qualité prix, choix, service top, produits variés et frais.”
4 locals recommend