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Strolling through our villages



Located in the heart of the Ouche Valley. Bligny is mostly appreciated for its 20th-century steam train, its “Papotte” museum dedicated to former crafts and its chocolate factory: “Purokao”.

About Bligny’s patrimony: Begin your visit by admiring the 13th-century Saint-Germain-d’Auxerre church. This church, formerly located in the castle’s enclosure, was destroyed in 1478 with only 2 out of 6 towers remaining.

For nature lovers and hikers :  4 hiking trails starting from Place de l'Hôtel de Ville are available to you.


La Bussière-sur-Ouche

The village is well known for its 12th-century Cistercian abbey, which was partly destroyed, but of which the large refectory, cellar and convent house remain. It is no longer possible to visit this abbey, but you still can enjoy its interiors and grounds in a different way, since the abbey has been converted into a Relais et Châteaux hotel-restaurant.

The 12th-century church next to the abbey is open to visit in the summer season.

You can also see a beautiful 15th-century porch on the outskirts of the village in the direction of Commarin, and a wash-house on the town hall square.


Châteauneuf and its 15th-century fortress

Classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France, Châteauneuf abounds with architectural treasures. This medieval village, perched at an altitude of nearly 500 metres, offers an exceptional view on the Auxois plain as well as on the Burgundy Canal.

In the heart of the village, the 12th-century castle  is open to visit and numerous restaurants and art workshops will be there for you to enjoy and complete your stay in this timeless place.

Discover Châteauneuf



Along an ancient Roman road from Echarnant, which linked Besançon to Autun, you will come across the 12th or 13th-century parish church of Saint-Vincent de Montceau.

The village's most famous curiosity is a recently restored 13th-century windmill. À little tip: the walking trail “Entre colonne et moulin” passes right in front of it.

In the Echarnant Hamlet, you will be seduced by the Templar’s Church: a chapel from the 12th-century. Entering into the edifice, you will be able to walk on the path of the Templars and of the Knights Hospitallers of Saint-Jean. 

Walk around the chapel and admire a baking oven, an old well and an aromatic garden.



Mont-Saint-Jean is an old medieval village which 12th-century castle, sitting on a rocky spur, overviews the Serein Valley

This village has lots of treasures to offer. You can choose between a guided tour on demand (more information at the Tourist Office) or a walking trail called “Regards autour du Mont-Saint-Jean” around Mont-Saint-Jean” ( walking map available at  the Tourist Office).

You also can explore the village through a ‘walk-around game’: the Mont-Saint-Jean Explorers.

More about the walk-around game


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