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Coordinates: 47°01′30″N 4°50′23″E / 47.025°N 4.83972222222°E / 47.025; 4.83972222222

Commune of Beaune

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Courtyard of the Hospices de Beaune
Location
Beaune is located in France
Beaune
Administration
Country France
Region Bourgogne
Department Côte-d'Or
Arrondissement Beaune
Mayor Alain Suguenot
(2008–2014)
Statistics
Elevation 193–407 m (630–1,340 ft)
(avg. 219 m/720 ft)
Land area1 31.30 km2 (12.08 sq mi)
Population2 21,923  (1999)
 - Density 700 /km2 (1,800 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 21054/ 21200
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Beaune is a commune in eastern France, a sub-prefecture of the Côte-d'Or department in the Bourgogne region.

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Wine

Vineyards on the outskirts of Beaune

Beaune is one of the wine communes of the Côte de Beaune subregion of the Burgundy wine region, which bears the name of this town. Although Beaune is lacking a Grand Cru vineyard within the commune, it is the hub of the region's wine business, as most of Burgundy's major négociants are located here. Beaune is renowned for its annual charity wine auction on behalf of the Hospices de Beaune.

It is situated on the route des Grands Crus tourist route among the vineyards. The road runs north from Beaune to Gevrey Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges and south to Nolay, Saisy and Autun.

Hospices de Beaune

Founded in 1442 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy, and his wife, the Hospices are a charity running hospitals and other services for the needy. Following from past donations, they own vineyards in Burgundy.

Notable people

Beaune was the birthplace of:

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Twin towns — sister cities

Beaune is twinned with:

See also

Beaune, France

References

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Beaune is a city in Burgundy, France.

Understand

Beaune succeeded Dijon as capital of the Duchy of Burgundy during its glory days. Today, Dijon is again the capital of Burgundy, a much bigger city, and an important site of industry as well as culture. But Beaune has much to recommend: It is a bustling, wealthy, and charming place of pilgrimage for art lovers, wine lovers, and gastronomes.

For the typical tourist, Beaune is a half-day town. The historic center is charming and a pleasant place to walk around. The Hotel-Dieu is a must-see, but only takes an hour or so. For the food and wine lover, there is not enough to time to spend in and around Beaune. Nearly every town along the Côte-d'Or has a fabulous restaurant and multiple places to taste wine. Even though the wine appellations in the Côte-d'Or are not far apart, the wines produced in relatively close appellations vary dramatically.

Beaune makes a good base for exploring other small wine towns in the Côte-d'Or. It is centrally located about half way along the wine route, and other famous nearby wine towns like Montrachet, Pommard, and Nuits-Saint-Georges are all a short drive from Beaune.

Get in

Beaune is easily accessible via Autoroutes. Directions:, (By train: Beaune railway station (Direct link with Paris by TGV high speed train). By plane: Dijon and Lyons airports. By car: Autoroute (motorway) A6, A31, A36, 2h30 from Paris, 1h15 from Lyons.).  edit

Get around

Beaune is a good city for walking. The old center of town is compact, and surrounded by a ring street that follows the old city walls. It is better to park outside the old center of town and walk in. There are a number of pay parking lots on the perimeter roads.

A car is required to explore the surrounding wine towns on the Côte-d'Or.

  • The Hotel-Dieu, Rue de l'Hôtel-Dieu 21200 Beaune (By train: Beaune railway station (Direct link with Paris by TGV high speed train). By plane: Dijon and Lyons airports. By car: Autoroute (motorway) A6, A31, A36, 2h30 from Paris, 1h15 from Lyons.), 33 (0)3 80 24 45 00 (, fax: 33 (0)3 80 24 45 99), [1]. The Hotel-Dieu features the Polyptych of the Apocalypse by Rogier van der Weyden and is a stunning example of Burgundian architecture.  edit

Do

Visit some of the local wineries and indulge in a tasting.

  • Marché aux Vins, 03 80 25 08 20 (, fax: 03 80 25 08 21), [2]. Open all year, 7 days a week (except 25 December and 1 January) from 9:30 AM to 11:45 AM and 2:00 PM to 5:45 PM. From July 1st to August 31st, open from 9:30 AMto 5:45 PM.. 10 euros per person.  edit

Buy

There is an outdoor market every Saturday morning. A wide variety of goods, including food, is available at this market. Note that the city is very crowded on market days. There is an E. LeClerc hypermarket on the outskirts of town, close to the exit off of the A6 Autoroute.

Eat

There are many good restaurants in Beaune. Classic Burgundian dishes include beef bourguignon, coq au vin, oeufs meurette, escargot, and Époisses cheese.

  • Le Conty, 5 rue Felix Ziem, 03.80.22.63.94. A good brasserie, with terrasse for the summer, and a caveau for the winter. 3-course menu with wine 25€.  edit

Drink

The local wines: the reds are all pinot noir and the whites are almost all chardonnay (the exception is Aligote, which is usually mixed with creme de cassis to make a kir).

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