Auxerre Travel Guide

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Auxerre Things to Do

  • THE CITY WALLs

    What is left of the city walls date back to the 3rd century when regular invasions by the Germanic civilisations from Gaul occurred.Saint-Germain was a man of faith and a clever one. It was he who had buildings built which soon surrounded the town forming a "saintly wall" in the St. Etienne District. In this area residences with small gardens were...

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  • JOAN OF ARC

    I came across a beautiful stained glass window of Joan of Arc created by the master glass artist from Paris, Edouard Socard, in 1914, representing the Maid at the head of her army in front of the fortifications of Orleans in the St. Etienne Cathedral. There is a commemorative plaque (1929) of her first visit on the wall of the presbytery and a...

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  • THE DISTRICTS OF AUXERRE

    A walk around the old centre of Auxerre will quickly have you realizing the old town is made up of many districts.I don't know all of them, but will tell you about some, beginning with ....Saint Peter district - The winemakers’ area which was damaged during WW2. The Church of Saint-Peter, a building which was a former abbey church combines Gothic,...

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  • PLACE ST. NICOLAS IN THE MARINE DISTRICT

    The Marine district is another lovely district in Auxerre. It's the area along the Yonne River, where years agoa tanners, boatmen, merchants and water common carriers used to live there. The barges were very important for transporting goods and passengers from Auxerre to Paris. The bargemen Brotherhood had a statue installed in the 18th century on...

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  • FOLLOW CADET ROUSSEL - FIND HIS...

    Have you arrived to find the Tourism Office closed? Wanted to pick up a walking tour map?No problem!When at the Tourism office look on the pavement for numbered Cadet Roussel bronze arrows and follow them to discover all of the 67 city sights at your own pace. If you not French, then you may be like me and wondering who this person was.Cadet...

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  • CATHEDRAL ST. ETIENNE INTERIOR

    The exterior was impressive and so is the interior.The Cathedral is built to a Latin cross plan. Inside are soaring ceilings, arches and some really beautiful stained glass windows. The Rose window represents God the Father, surrounded by the heavenly powers, below the canopy is the story of Moses. Above the altar on canvas is St. Michael slaying...

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  • CATHEDRAL SAINT-ETIENNE - THE EXTERIOR

    Wow! This impressive Cathedral dominates the town and is what I first noticed when entering Auxerre by car. There and then, my mind was made up to see this Cathedral.A look at the size and the beautiful gothic architecture, no wonder it took from 1215 - 1560 to complete!Dominated by a north tower, the Cathedral has three entrances NOT TO BE...

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  • ABBEY ST. GERMAIN

    This ancient abbey began as a basilica above the tomb of St Germain, the 5th-century bishop who made Auxerre an important Christian centre. Saint Germain, the bishop of Auxerre died in 448, his embalmed body was brought to Auxerre and buried, October 1 448, in the oratory.The origin of the Abbey of Saint-Germain came about when in the 6th century,...

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  • STATUE OF MARIE-NOEL

    A walk around city square in Auxerre brought me to a statue of an old lady with grey hair. Once again, if your French you possibly would know this lady, I didn't!Her name is Marie Noel, whose real name is Marie, Melanie Rouget, born 1883 in Veens alley at Auxerre, and died on Christmas Eve 1967. She began writing in 1902 and in June 1910 her first...

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  • PLACE CHARLES-SURUGUE

    Originally named Place des Fontaines, the name was changed to honour Charles Surugue (1839-1921), Mayor of Auxerre and oldest soldier of the allied armies during WWI. It was here where the ancient Grain Market took place.Today, the impressive Art Nouveau Auxerre Post Office dominates the Place. Built in 1909, it has a noteworthy sunflower...

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  • RUE DE L' HORLOGE

    Rue De L'Horloge is where you will find the clock tower. The street is so narrow and the clock tower so tall that it really is hard to get a decent photo, so when your walking towards the tower take a photo when you have a good view.Other points of interest in this street is the sculpture of Retif de la Bretonne (Nicolas) created by Auxerre artist,...

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  • THE CLOCK TOWER - TOWER GAILLARDE

    The clock tower dating from the 15th century was in my opinion the most impressive structure in Auxerre. Also known as Strong Tower and Tower Gaillarde, the clock tower was built on the foundation of a ancient Gallo-Roman castrum. Originally it was used as a Count's prison, then converted to a clock and bell tower in 1483. Fire ravaged the tower in...

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  • CITY HALL SQUARE

    City Hall square was very different in the 15th century to what it is today. This was a commercial area in the middle ages.These buildings are old and I found many had an interesting history.Some of interest were the house next door to City Hall where in 1469 the King's Attorney, "Pierre Gonthier" lived. On the other side of City Hall is where...

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  • VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

    This was my first stop as I wanted a map of Auxerre so I could explore.I had two choices. The tourism office has an audio guide which cost 5 euros plus a 50 euro deposit refundable on return, this is for 2 people. That would have been good, but I liked the booklet better, as I like to keep them afterwards for memories.The booklet was written in...

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  • HOTEL DE VILLE

    The Hotel De Ville (City Hall) is located in the center of Auxerre. Many Hotel De Villes in France have beautiful architecture, the one in Auxerre war rather plain and a bit disappointing. The city administration was formed in the 13th century yet the City Hall wasn't built until the 15th century. The city hall is a two storey building has a...

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  • RUE DE LA MARINE

    We parked our car at the Quay then went walking. I went to the Tourist office first, then came back to walk along the leafy boulevard on the bank of the River Yonne.This is a delightful walk with wonderful views of the Abbey St. Germain, the river and beyond. The river was really calm and pretty and lined with many barges, some are Hotel barges!...

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  • See the Art Museum and Bell-Tower at St....

    A 12C Romanesque belfry is situated to the West of the other religious buildins at St. Germanus. The space results from the destruction of the nave of the desanctified church. Other conventual buildings of the Abbey centered around the remnants of the cloister: a sacristy, chapter house and cellars are today and Art and History Museum. The belfry...

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  • Walk to the Abbey Church of St....

    St. Germanus is the ancient religious center of Auxerre. It was a Benedictine Abbey in the 6C. Remains odf a later Carolingian two-level crypt lie beneath the later 13 & 15C Gothic church. We visited the crypt but could not take pictures of the frescos. The church fabric consists of a Lady Chapel a crossing and South transept and a little more. A...

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  • Do Not Miss the Crypt of the Cathedral

    The crypt is the only remnant from the previous Romanesque church and has massive groined vault construction tha t supprots the base of the magnificent Gothic choir. In the crypt are spectacular frescos of the 11 and 13C. One is of Christ and 4 Angels on white horses (my good copy was destroyed in a hurricane) and the later one of Christ in Majesty...

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  • Visit the Cathedral Treasury

    The treasury of Auxerre cathedral is particularly rich in antique fine arts: enameled reliquary caskets as early as the 12C, and equally old portable polyptych altars. There are old hand scribed music books and early printed and hand painted ones as well (early 1500's). If it open be sure to visit and help support the church. You will enjoy the...

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  • Study the Cathedral's Stained Glass

    The stained glass windows of Auxerre range from 13C medallion style in the choir area, with vivid reds and blues, to 16C lancets below the transept Rose windows. The early works reproduce such items as the story of David and Goliath, the Tree of Jesse lives of Saints (eg. Mammes). The oldest are of the Chartres type and worth a study of the detail.

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Auxerre Hotels

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  • Ibis Hotel Auxerre Centre

    Ibiss is a basic hotel. This hotel however is on the riverside. Every time when you go outside you...

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  • Minotel Normandie Auxerre

    41, boulevard Vauban, Auxerre, Burgundy, 89000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Le Maxime

    2 quai de la Marine, Auxerre, Burgundy, 89000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Auxerre Restaurants

  • Seafood and Bistro

    What can I say about this great little restaurant, well, we visited twice, mainly because we were made to feel very welcome, the ambiance was just right, and, the meal was excellent.Our first meal was in the evening, our second one was a Sunday lunch time. The meal was very relaxed and took 3 hours to get through, there was no better way to spend a...

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  • Alsacian

    This is a big platter of Fruits de Mer. One of my favourite dishes anywhere in France but preferably on the coast.

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Auxerre Transportation

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    On three occassions I found that parking along the Quai de la République or Quai de la Marine which is the same street (along the river Yonne) was easiest. Free and the tourist office is on the corner of Rue Lebeuf.

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Auxerre Shopping

  • Knives and kitchenware

    The shop window is delightful. Lovely kitchenware and quality knives. But when you go inside it's even better. A shop crammed with goods. Nothing fancy and rather small. But they have the most wonderful stuff. Madame et Monsieur know everything about what ever they sell.Laguiole is not a brand so you need to watch out for bad quality (as in buying...

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  • Buy bubbly

    Everyone knows champagne. It's usually a rare treat.But outside the Champagne region, very fine bubblies are made too. Exactly the same process, and the same grapes (Chardonnay) but not allowed to be called champagne.So it is called crémant.For instance Crémant de Bourgogne or d'Alsace.I get my lovely Crémant by the box full at a cave near Auxerre...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Auxerre Off The Beaten Path

  • Chateau de Prunoy (Not Open Anymore?)

    It was 15 years ago that we spent two weeks driving around Burgundy. A tour agent located a fine chateau experience for us in the Chateau de Prunoy outside of Charny about 45 km from Auxerre. We spent three nights there (including breakfasts and dinners) in total (3* price) opulence. From that base we spent a day on the upper Loire (St.-Benoit,...

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  • look up!

    this is a picture to show you how are the top of old houses and overall what type of botanic culture is well developped in France! ;-p

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  • ESCOLIVES SAINTE-CAMILLE

    The village of Escolives, 10 kms south of Auxerre, is where we stayed during our visit in June 2002. It has a beautiful roman church and an archeological site.

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Auxerre General

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  • Wander the Old Town

    The old town of Auxerre has much that is similar to Rouen: old churches and a cathedral, a 16C Horloge and bell-tower, many half-timbered houses. But atypically one also encounters quaint modern polychromed statuary of famous townfolk by Francois Brochet such as the poetess Marie Rouget (Marie Noel). Its ambience

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  • Clock Tower and Marie Noel.

    There are many different and rather funny statues in the centre. The statue of an old lady will surprise you (look the picture - the right side). This familiar image recalls one of the most important French poetesses of the 20th century: Marie Noel. She was from Auxerre region and, in solitude, she lived a very touching, internal adventure, which...

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  • The centre

    Go up towards the town. Take the time to walk around and discover it. The town centre is superb, especially around the Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) and the 15th century Clock Tower. Here you can meet the "auxerrois". Their love of wine and taste for big style trading have given rise to a subtle, shrewd and pleasant spirit.

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More Sculpture Is Inside the Cathedral
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Look At the Transepts and Crossing
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Enter the Cathedral
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Then the South Portal-West Facade
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The North Door of the W. Facade Is Next
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Examine the West Facade of St. Stephen's Cathedral
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The Natural History Museum
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Francois Brochets House
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The Visitandines Chapel
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St Etienne Cathedral
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Cathedral Saint Etienne
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down at the river Yonne
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the Count's Palace and Place Marechal-Leclerc
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another one of Auxerre's loveliest squares
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look out for medieval streets
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the covered passageway 'Passage Manifacier'
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enjoy the medieval buildiings while you roam
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Renaissance Hotel de Crole
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Chapel of Order of the Visitation/Auxerre museum
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16th century Jacques Amyot high school
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surrounding wall and tower of the St Germain Abbey
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Saint Germain Abbey
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Maison Defert
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Place St Nicolas
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lovely Place du Coche d'eau
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interesting sculpted corners on timbered buildings
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Polychrome figures around the town
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The 15th century clock tower
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A walkabout tour of Auxerre
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Explore the Port
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Walk to the Old Clock
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The Saint Germain abbey
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Cathedral of Saint-Etienne
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Visit the cathedral
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Horloge
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St. Etienne side chapel
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St. Etienne organ
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St. Etienne inside
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