Should You Visit Beaune?

Are you thinking about visiting Beaune, France? Here's what you need to know before planning your trip.


Is Beaune worth visiting?

Beaune is worth visiting for two to four days so that you can explore everything that the town has to offer. Beaune is a beautiful walled town in the middle of Burgundy. It's a popular wine making destination where you can sip French wines and explore vineyards. There are cobblestone streets in town and wandering walks through the countryside outside of town. The town also offers many culinary experiences such as cooking classes and winetasting.

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Reasons to Visit Beaune

Food
The restaurant scene is made up of small, narrow, local bistros that serve local dishes with regional ingredients. Many of the menus are focused on wine with the dishes designed specifically to compliment the wines. This is a tourist town, and you'll find many visitors come specifically to enjoy the French cuisine.

Historical Sights
The old town is walled and compact. It is centered around the medieval hospital complex and it is filled with cobblestone streets and shops.

Museums
Top sights and museums around town include Hôtel-Dieu (a former hospital), Château de Savigny, and Château de la Rochepot.

Nightlife
You'll find bars and pubs as well as many places to sip French wine and enjoy the evening.

Shopping
Boutiques, wine shops, and independent vendors are fun to explore in town.




Is Beaune worth visiting in the Summer?

The warm weather in summer is one of the reasons people visit at this time of year. Temperatures average around 21°C (70°F) with daily high temperatures often more than 27°C (80°F).

The peak season for travel is summer in Beaune, so expect to see more tourists than usual. This destination is quite popular with tourists, and in the high season it's even busier than usual as this is when most people like to visit. Expect crowds to be large, and prices to be a bit higher than normal. However, there's plenty to do here this time of year, too.

You'll also find it quite easy to get around on foot, because this is a very walkable town, especially in the nice weather. This is a great time of year to soak up the small town charm, wander through the museums, and admire the historic sights. Also, you'll be able to take advantage of the local nightlife.


Summer Weather in Beaune
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
July 21°C (70°F) 51 mm (2 in)
August 21°C (69°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
September 18°C (64°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)

Is Beaune worth visiting in the Autumn?

Autumn is the shoulder season for travel in Beaune. This destination is quite touristy, so in the shoulder season you can still find plenty of crowds, but better prices.

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during autumn with average temperatures around 13°C (55°F).

Autumn is a great time of year to explore the numerous museums and landmarks around town. They are fun for the whole family as well great for couples. Soaking up that old town charm in the autumn is one of the favorite activities of visitors. The quaint scenery combined with the weather this time of year is quite nice. You'll find plenty to do during autumn, as you'll be able to browse around the old town, browse through museums, and take in the local charm.


Autumn Weather in Beaune
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
October 13°C (55°F) 58 mm (2.3 in)
November 7°C (45°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
December 4°C (39°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)

Is Beaune worth visiting in the Winter?

This is the low season for travel in Beaune. This destination is quite touristy, but in the low season you'll see fewer crowds and much better prices.

The weather in Beaune can be quite cold during winter, and averages around 3°C (38°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

During this season it's fun to experience the famous sights and museums, the cuisine, and the historic old town. Also, you can grab some drinks at a bar.


Winter Weather in Beaune
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
January 3°C (38°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
February 5°C (41°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
March 8°C (46°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)

Is Beaune worth visiting in the Spring?

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during spring with average temperatures around 11°C (53°F).

Spring is the shoulder season for travel in Beaune, which means slightly less visitors than in the peak season. This destination is quite touristy, so in the shoulder season you can still find plenty of crowds, but better prices.

Soaking up that old town charm in the spring is one of the favorite activities of visitors. The quaint scenery combined with the weather this time of year is quite nice. This is a great time of year to browse the shops, browse the museums, and explore the small town. Also, you can check out the historic old town and the nightlife.


Spring Weather in Beaune
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
April 11°C (53°F) 52 mm (2 in)
May 15°C (59°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
June 19°C (66°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)

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What is Beaune most famous for?

Beaune is most famous for its surrounding vineyards and world-renowned wines. The town is very popular for its food and historical sights. It's also known for museums. And many travelers come for the nightlife and shopping, as well. It is often described as historic, culinary, quaint, vineyard-filled, and cultural.

What is the most famous sight in Beaune?

The most popular sight in Beaune is The Surrounding Vineyards. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Beaune on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for The Surrounding Vineyards and other attractions here.

How touristy is Beaune? Is it a popular town to visit?

Beaune is a popular town for tourists and travelers. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

  • Private Guided Sidecar Tour in Burgundy from Meursault: $61
  • Wine walking tour through the Burgundian vineyards - 2h: $193
  • Small group guided tour - Beaune 2h: $22
  • Burgundy Grand Crus Route Day Tour - 12 Wines Tastings in Domains: $271
  • Skip the Line: Abbaye de Fontenay Admission Ticket: $13
  • Private guided tour - Beaune 2h: $193
  • A Self-Guided Audio Tour of Burgundy’s Wine Capital: $5.99
  • Touristic highlights of Semur-en-Auxois a Private half day tour with a local: $119

How long should I spend in Beaune?

The ideal length of time for a trip to Beaune is two to four days. Since Beaune has a variety of activities such as dining and historical sights, most people need this much time to see and do everything here.

If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Beaune? and Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Beaune?.

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