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Semur-en-Auxois is a city in Burgundy. A medieval town in the heart of the Côte-d'Or, on the banks of the Armançon. Semur was once a fortified town, and though the castle has now been mostly dismantled, the tall towers and main wall still remain and surround the inner part of the town. Tourists enjoy walking the quaint cobblestone streets, shopping and dining in the pedestrian area, and taking in the magnificent views from the two medieval bridges across the Armançon, the Pont Joly and the Pont des Minimes.

Get in[edit]

Semur-en-Auxois is not accessible via plane or train. However, the Transco bus lines connect Semur-en-Auxois with Montbard and Dijon which are both located on high speed rail lines, as well as other towns. A one way ticket for the bus currently costs 1.50 € irregardless of distance.

Get around[edit]

The town is small enough to walk everywhere. Many of the streets within the medieval walls are open to pedestrians only. Their is also a tourism office located right by one of the historic gates to the city.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Notre Dame Church, (in the centre of the town). This church is worth a visit.  edit
  • La tour de l'Orle d'Or. The only tower that one can still climb. Tours are available in the afternoon in both French and English.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Discover Semur-en-Auxois by following the roadbook called "Sans les armes sur la piste du lion", available at the tourist information office for €1.50). Very funny. Take good shoes as the path brings you out of the city for a 2-3 h walk.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • There is a little open-air market on each Sunday morning, near the church. Local vegetables, cheese, honey, etc. Everything is fresh and delicious.
  • Le coin du Monde (grocery), rue du Vieux Marché (near the church). See the jam "Trinquelette" (may-be the best in the world). Various teas and some fresh vegetables are also sold. If you are staying for an extended period of time, you can order artisanal bread to pick up on Fridays (as the locals do).  edit
  • Charcuterie Notre-Dame, (near the church), 0380970617. Marvellous terrines and cooked ham. Very good free-range chicken.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Le Mermoz (in the Hostellerie d'Aussois), Route de Saulieu (just out of the town towards Saulieu), +33 380 97 28 28 (), [1]. The little menu (€25) is disappointing, but à la carte meal is fine. Beautiful wine list. 3-course meal with very good wine €85.  edit
  • Les Minimes, (near the Pont des Minimes, along the Armançon). A typical auberge.  edit
  • Au Douze, Rue Notre-Dame (In the cathedral square.), +33 (0)3 80 96 33 67. A bit expensive, but excellent food that's very well presented. Great location.  edit
  • Cafe Mont-Drejet, Rue Buffon (In the pedestrian area). Best location in town for a typical, basic cafe. The food is not gourmet but is inexpensive and good. The ice cream is fantastic, and the owners are friendly. Closed Mondays, but on other days, between lunch and dinner as well as the usual times.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Carpe Diem (wine bar), rue du Vieux-marché (near the church). They serve good Burgundy wine by the glass. Good live jazz music once a week.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • La Maison sur l'Armançon, (along the Armançon river), [2]. A charming renovated mill along the river. Comfortable living room, nice main sleeping room, good fireplace in the kitchen. Terrace and little garden on the river. Very nice. €950 - €1275 a week.  edit


Get out[edit]


A village (13 km west) famous for its cheese.

  • Berthaut. The shop where to buy the famous soumaintrain cheese. Their "flamiche" (kind of pizza with soumaintrain cheese) is also a must.  edit

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