10 reasons to visit Auxerre | France News

The capital of Yonne and the fourth largest city in Burgundy, Auxerre has been active since the 1st century AD. Known then as Otisiodorum, it was an important city through Agrippa, one of the main roads of the Roman Empire. During the Roman Empire and the medieval period, Auxerre was an intellectual and religious center, playing an important role in the Carolingian Renaissance. The area around Auxerre is also known for its wines – Chablis, Crémant de Bourgogne, and Saint-Bris pair perfectly with the local gastronomy that includes Morish gougeres (baked choux pastry with cheese). Here’s a rundown of ten great reasons to visit this Burgundian city, located just 2 hours from Paris, from the Carolingian crypts to the cherries.

The stunning Abbey Saint-Germain tower over the city of Auxerre © OT Auxerre Kim Rasmussen

1. Discover L’Abbe Saint-Germain and Its Crypts

Founded by Queen Clotilde in the 5th century, this monastery complex has a history dating back over sixteen centuries to Auxerre. A necropolis for the bishops of Auxerre, it housed the prestigious Auxerre school in the ninth century, which became one of the centers of the Carolingian Renaissance. abhay There is also a 9th-century Carolingian crypt built around the tomb of St. Germain (378–448). The cellars are decorated with some of the oldest frescoes in France, which are remarkably well preserved.

Solar and lunar hands cross at midnight and noon © Josette Laliaux

2. Look up to see the belfry and its astronomical dial

The clock tower recently got a makeover. For two years, the clock tower was being painstakingly restored, so this is a great opportunity to (re)discover its beauty. Built on the base of a tower of ancient Gallo-Romans in the 15th century castrumThe clock has been in operation since 1483, designed by ingenious watchmaker Jean. watch It is particularly interesting because of its two hands: one is solar, traveling the dial in the usual 24 hours, and the other is lunar so there is a delay of about 45 minutes compared to the solar hand. Thus the Auxerre clock tells us both the solar hour and the phases of the moon.

Explore the crypt beneath Saint-Germain Abbey and Saint-Etienne Cathedral © Josette Laliaux

3. Visit Saint-Etienne Cathedral and Its Crypts

A must-see monument and masterpiece of Gothic art in Auxerre, Saint-Etienne Cathedral It has the distinction of having only one tower. Take its façade and admire the many sculptures expressing scenes from life at the time. The stained glass windows of the 15th and 16th centuries, as well as the choir, are also worth noting. Finally, visit the crypt to peruse the rare murals of Christ on horseback and the treasures, which include stunning pieces of art, including the deposition of the cross by Luca Penny.

4. Vineyards

Auxerrois, as a wine region in its own right, offers many ways to find its wines, its cellars, and its winemakers. Explore the vineyard in 1001 ways, including by bus, during big festivals like Fleur de Vigne, and during traditional Saint-Vincent Tournante, Learn how to decipher the notes in different wines and the best food and wine pairings… Choose from the many winemakers who will welcome you domain For a cellar tour and tasting of their wines.

Take a Tour on the Yeon River © Alain_DOIRE__BFC_Tourisme

5. Canal du Nivernaes

The Canal du Nivernais is 174km long, with 116 locks from Auxerre to Decize that you can cross at your own pace. Enjoy the peace and quiet in the heart of Burgundy by boat, bike or walk. Take your time and pedal or navigate along the canal to discover the true beauty of this natural setting. Take the opportunity to stop by one of the wine villages bordering the canal.

Gougères is an Auxerrois dish © OT Auxerre_ Kim Rasmussen

6. Enjoy the Queen of Aperitifs in Burgundy: Gougere!

gougereso Burgundians are an essential part of gastronomy. Made from choux pastry and cheese, they are ideal to savor as an aperitif. Don’t miss the Gougere Festival in autumn, with demonstrations from artisan bakers and a contest for best decision making googere, also find new Pineau Prunutzwho comes back again by offering the traditional recipe googeres in various flavors (Dijon mustard, snail butter, espelette black pepper, blue/walnut). find it authentic googeres Keep Saint-Nicolas in Auxerre, at various local markets, but also in their boutique located in the Quartier de la Marine.

Buy juicy cherries directly from growers or choose your own © OT Auxerre

7. Cherry Blooms in Spring

You will see many cherry trees in the landscape of the Auxerre region, mainly around the villages of Jussi, Coulanges-la-Vinues, Guay-l’Avec and Iranasi. What could be nicer than a walk through the cherry blossoms in spring? And in June and July, you can buy your cherries directly from growers or from small roadside stands. Some manufacturers even offer a “pick your own” experience if you want to be practical.

Stade Abbey-Deschamps is named after Ernest-Theodore Deschamps, the abbot who founded the club in 1905 © AJA

8. View an AJA game

Auxerre has played a major role in the history of football in France, especially thanks to Guy Roux: a great ambassador of the city, the region and its traditions, the great coach of Auxerre’s team for nearly 40 years! This year, the club has signed its major return to Ligue 1. Make the most of the opportunity to experience the warm atmosphere of matches at the legendary stadium of Abbey Deschamps.

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9. Appreciate Irani from afar or above

About 15 km from Auxerre, Irani Auxerre is one of the most charming villages to be found in the vineyards. Nestled at the bottom of the valley, surrounded by hills covered with vines and cherry trees, its narrow streets and well-established winemakers exude an authentic charm. The view over Irani is undoubtedly one of the best places to admire the passage of the seasons.

Activate your taste buds at Fleurs de Vigne © OT Auxerre_ Kim Rasmusssen

10. Attend Fleurs de Vigne Fest

Every year, Fleurs de Vigne, the great wine festival of Chablis and Grand Auxerois, occupies the ferries of the Yonne in Auxerre for a day dedicated to exploring the region’s vineyards. Wine makers and merchants bring wines from a dozen or more appellations available to Auxerre for your taste and purchase, but they are also there to share their profession, passion and knowledge. Diverse oenological and gastronomic activities allow you to enjoy epic pleasures all day long terroir: tastings, culinary performances, food/wine pairings…

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Lead photo credit: Auxerre at sunset | © Michael Guiberte

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