It won’t have escaped your notice that the Hospices de Beaune is the star attraction in most of the region’s tourist brochures thanks to its "flamboyant Gothic architecture... polychrome roof... home to the Last Judgement, a masterpiece by Rogier van der Weyden...".
And the truth is that the Hospices is the grandest of buildings. With your refined sense of taste, however, you are sure to be seduced by the engrossing tale hidden behind the larger story. The founders of the Hospices, Guigone de Salins and Nicolas Rolin, were 15th century philanthropists whose courage and piety are immediately evident in the excellent account provided by the audio guide. There are four things worth knowing as you plan your visit:
- There is a special tour for children;
- You can buy Premiers Crus and Grands Crus (85% from the Hospices vineyard) in the shop;
- If you want to take photos, the light is better on the roof in the morning;
- The Halle, opposite the Hospices, hosts a market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Le Comptoir des Tontons: An intimate and friendly restaurant near the historic centre of Beaune (seats 18). Market cuisine with fresh, organic and local products. A good choice of wines, including a biodynamic selection
Bacchus Secrets: At Nolay, 30 minutes from Beaune. A renovated 14th century house with two bedrooms with bathroom, kitchen and lounge area. The decoration is contemporary and comfy, with stone walls and wooden floors. The hosts will guide you during the day or book your activities or visits for you.
Hospices de Beaune
Rue de l'Hôtel Dieu, 21200 Beaune