The village that can be seen from afar!
Châteauneuf-en-Auxois is on a rocky outcrop, and can be seen from far away. The village and château stand out and can't be missed by anyone passing down below: people driving along the A6 motorway, passers-by along Burgundy Canal and you of course!
Visiting Châteauneuf-en-Auxois and the château
Once you arrive at the top, it's very pleasant to stroll around this village, listed as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France". An opportunity to admire the beautiful ancient houses that were built by wealthy entrepreneurs. At the end of the Middle Ages, they were used as shops, as we can see by the big windows at the front.
At the end of your exploration, you'll come to a superb medieval fortress. This is one of the last examples of Burgundian military architecture from the 14th century. Most of the buildings here are open to visitors, so don't hesitate to stop by!
The last heir of the château, Isabelle de Chaudenay (who became "Châteauneuf" briefly), was burned alive (and her château taken from her) for poisoning her husband.
Sightseeing in the Auxois region
Châteauneuf-en-Auxois is just one place to visit in the Auxois, a little region found at the crossroads of different places and eras. Here, the past has certainly left its mark:
- Fontenay Abbey, one of the most beautiful in Burgundy, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO;
- Flavigny-sur-Ozerain another pretty, walled, medieval village;
- The MuséoParc Alésia to go beyond the clichés of Asterix and learn about the famous Battle of Alésia that resulted in Julius Caesar conquering the whole of Gaul and extending the Roman Empire;
- Burgundy Canal, built in the 17th century and today a great place for cycling and boat trips.