Between wine and water

With its winding streets and rich heritage, Auxerre is a delightful town of historical and artistic interest, just a few kilometres from the Chablis vineyards. A place to explore and savour to the full...

Living art and history

Auxerre was involved in river trade from the 1st century. In the Middle Ages increasing numbers of pilgrims came to worship the relics of Bishop Saint Germain.

The cathedral of St Etienne was built on the foundations of several Gallo-Roman buildings.

The crypt of the Abbey of Saint Germain is adorned with some of the oldest wall paintings in France.

Come by river

Near the marina is the departure point for the canal du Nivernais with its 116 locks. Two of Auxerre's oldest districts are close to the marina.

La Marine district has retained its narrow winding streets and half-timbered houses.

Old Auxerre, with its pedestrianized streets, is grouped around the Tour de l'Horloge. Nearby was the home of Cadet Roussel, a famous figure of French nursery rhyme.

The Gothic chevet of the cathedral stands serenely above the banks of the Yonne. The town has examples of many different architectural styles; medieval, Renaissance and even Art Deco.

Music and flowers of the vine

In May a wine and local produce festival, called "Fleurs de vigne", takes place at the same time as water-based events for all the family.

On summer evenings the pavement cafés resound to a range of musical styles, all part of the "Garçon, la note!" festival.

Thrill seekers may care to watch an AJ Auxerre football match. Since 1905 this local team has played in more than 1,000 First Division matches and 100 European Cup matches.

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  • Ville d'Art et d'Histoire
Office de Tourisme de l'Auxerrois
7 Place de l'Hotel de Ville - 89000 - AUXERRE -
03 86 52 06 19
03 86 52 06 19
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  • Le Voyageur vous propose une visite écologique et ludique de la ville à bord d'un véhicule électrique familial. Renseignez-vous à l'office de tourisme de l'Auxerrois, ouvert toute l'année, 7 jours sur 7 !

    Du 15 juin au 15 septembre :
    - Du lundi au samedi, de 9 h à 13 h et de 14 h à 19 h
    - Le dimanche et les jours fériés, de 9 h 30 à 13 h et de 15 h à 18 h 30
    Du 16 septembre au 14 juin :
    - Du lundi au vendredi, de 9 h 30 à 12 h 30 et de 14 h à 18 h 30
    - Le samedi, de 9 h 30 à 12 h et de 14 h 30 à 18 h 30
    - Le dimanche, de 10 h à 13 h

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