Our town will guide you through its rich history.
Visit the remains of the Château de Bar-sur-Seine, the ruins of a medieval fortified castle destroyed in the 17th century. Jeanne de Navarre, Queen of France and wife of Philip the Fair was born here in 1273. The historic importance of the castle was due to its position on the frontier between Champagne (a vassal County of the King of France) and Burgundy (a Duchy allied with the English) during the Hundred Years War. At the time, the Château de Bar-sur-Seine was considered the most important in Burgundy.
You can walk along the river Seine that since the Middle Ages serves as a trade route. From the hall and the market, which is still held here on Friday morning, we find the first mention in 1275.
Take a stroll along the old half-timbered houses in the city centre, the oldest dates from the 14th century! Step inside the church of St-Etienne and note the remarkable stained glass windows and the breath-taking classic organ.
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Follow the touristique route de Champagne of the Côte des Bar, the region of the cadoles (stone shelters) and Pinot Noir. Enjoy the sweeping landscapes, rolling hills with wine flanks, picturesque villages like Essoyes (where painter Auguste Renoir lived) and Les Riceys (famous for its three wines with an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée).
The numerous champagne houses like to welcome you and tell you during a visit of their cellar about their craft and know-how, of course you finish with a degustation. Be rest assured, we can recommend a few good places!
Chaource and its cheese museum
In this village known for its eponymous round, creamy cheese made from fresh cow's milk, you can visit the cheese museum. In the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste you can find an imposing sculpture dated from 1515 of “the entombment of Christ” (la mise au tombeau), considered one of the finest in Europe, its restoration was completed in 2009.
Troyes: cultural and outlet paradise
The capital of our district and definitely worth a visit! Get lost in its cosy pedestrian shopping streets full of colourful half-timbered houses, walk into one of its numerous churches known for their stained glass windows or be surprised in one of the many museums.
In addition to the centre, Troyes is also well-known as outlet paradise. For a day of shopping, you must definitely come here!
The Orient Forest Regional Natural Park
The Orient Forest Regional Natural Park is a mysterious land where water, forests and earth come together. More than 70 smaller ponds form a series of veritable aquatic gardens. Several trails allow visitors to discover this huge outstanding natural site on foot or by bicycle.
The Park is home to three vast artificial reservoirs in the midst of the deep forest:
- The lac d'Orient (2500 ha) is the largest. It is ideal for sailing and has a number of bathing areas. It is also the main bird reserve.
- Lake Temple (1800 ha) is reserved for fishing.
- Lake Amance (500 ha) is a great spot for motorized water sports.
This beautiful attraction park offers 40 acres of fun for young and old!
Nearby are numerous museums:
L’Espace de Renoir in Essoyes
Painter Auguste Renoir lived here for several years with his family and found, on his explicit request, his final resting place on the cemetery of Essoyes.
Memorial Charles de Gaulle in Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises
A museum dedicated to the life and work of General Charles de Gaulle.
Musée Napoléon in Brienne-le-Château
Napoleon Bonaparte spent 5 years here at the Royal Military School, the building is now a museum in his memory.
This Cistercian abbey, founded in the twelfth century by Saint Bernard, remains a French masterpiece of monastic architecture. The abbey was converted into a prison by Napoleon.
Musée du cristal of Bayel
Discover the history of glass and crystal from ancient times to our days.
Nearby there are a few castles open to the public:
Château de Vaux in Fouchères
Using a visitor guide you can explore the whole property (castle, park and common courtyard) through a thrilling historical survey! This investigation will revive the coup of Emperor Napoleon III which Charlemagne de Maupas, owner of the castle at that time and the prefect of the imperial police, participated actively. More than 40 historic wooden games are available to enjoy a fun day with family or friends.
Château de Chacenay
You can visit the castle with a guide from 1st June to 30th August.
For those who love a good glass of white wine, our guesthouse is located on the border with Burgundy, which makes it an excellent starting point to go and discover Chablis. With pleasure we can recommend you some good wineries.