400 years ago, Noyers was mostly known for its strengthened castle, built between the Xth and the XIIth century. The castle - of a triangular shape - was built on the slopes and the top of a timbered spur, bordered east and west by the Serein. In 1599, Henri IV, king of France ordered the destruction of this fortified town, the most important of...more
From the former 23 towers (during the middle age), 19 remain along with parts of the fortifications' walls along the Serein.One tower can be visited and contains a dispatch of medieval armours : la tour de défense des remparts (the fortifications' tower - 7 bis rue des terreaux - near the porte peinte) : for the visits' schedule, ask the tourist...more
Noyers sur Serein is classified 'un des plus beaux villages de France' (one of France's prettiest villages). The old town is characteristic with its well preserved (and/or sometimes restored) medieval (some date back from the 15th century) timbered houses.The place is especially pleasant to visit on sundays when cars are banned from the center of...more
A young man from Amsterdam and his girlfriend are running this restaurant adjacent to the city gate / tower. We wandered in by default; it's the first restaurant you see past the gate. We were so glad we did. There wasn't a lot of menu choice but the food was excellent and the service very friendly. The young man's mother owned the restaurant and a hotel and found it a bit too much to handle so turned the restaurant over to her son. It was a wise decision!
One caveat: The owner thought we were British and he was very friendly. When he gave us a local "football" score, we told him we weren't from the UK but from America. He stayed and chatted with us but it quickly became apparent he does not like Americans and he finally made us very uncomfortable. So . . . the food is great. If you happen to be from the USA, just tell him you are British and you'll be fine.
Favorite Dish: Here's my journal entry for the meal that day:
We were ushered to our seats by a pleasant young man who asked if we preferred to speak English or French and we said it didn’t make a lot of difference, but he continued in impeccable English. He explained the plat du jour, a veal lightly sauteed and sauced. We ordered crudités to start and got a plate of sliced cucumber, excellent fresh tomatoes (in May!) beets, carrots and alfalfa sprouts with a zippy vinaigrette. The promised plat of veal arrived cooked to perfection and accompanied by a marvelous sausage and a huge serving of lentils cooked with bacon, carrots and onion. This was accompanied by a delicious local bread. For dessert Ed got the caramelized fig in red wine sauce and I got a ginger tart with vanilla ice cream. The tart was covered in chunks of candied ginger . . . heavenly. It was a marvelous eating experience . . . highly recommended.
Noyers sur Serein doesn't have a railway station
The closest train stations are Tonnerre (20 km) and Montbard (TGV - 30km).
From there, you can take a taxi or to rent a car (there is a SIXT agency in Montbard, none in Tonnerre) or even a bike: the area is pretty with small well maintained roads.
For taxis :
From Tonnerre :
Taxis Juillet : phone - 03 86 55 36 36
From Montbard :
Allo Taxi Jusufi - phone : 03 80 92 31 49
Ristat Jean-Louis - phone : 03 80 92 04 79
There is a bus service from Paris trice a week :
Busses : line Paris-Noyers (Cars Tisserand - phone. : 03 86 82 83 13)
Departure from Paris mondays and wednedays at 16h, staturdays at 13h
In front of the Café de France, 12 place d’Italie - 75013 PARIS
price : 20 €
In summer, the old town becomes pedestrian on sundays and no cars are allowed in the section delimited by the medieval gates between 10h30 and 18h.
There is a large free parking lot just a bit further, behind the 'Salle polyvalente' (signed).
One of the main local activities is fishing.
Carrps are abundant in the tame and clear waters of the Serein (and in the nearby Armançon).
Equipment: Fishing rod, bait, net.
Some people use small boats but many are fishing from the banks.
The tourists officeOffice du tourisme de Noyers sur Serein22, place de l'Hôtel de Ville, 89310 NOYERS-SUR-SEREINtel. 03.86.82.66.06fax : 03.86.82.66.06mail : email@example.comOpen from 10h to 13h and from 14 h to 18 h every day from June 1 to September 30 (monday to saturday in winter - same hours). And the official websitemore
Noyers-sur-Serein is called "one of the most beautiful villages of France". Noyers is a medieval city with 13th, 14th, 15th centuries half-timbered houses with sculpted pinacles and corbelled constructions. There are plenty of simple wonders in Noyers, which can be discovered at the turn of a little street. It gives the city a particular...more