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Southern BurgundyChalon-sur-Saône

Chalon-sur-Saône might be the biggest town in Southern Burgundy, but it feels much smaller, almost like a village. The historic center has narrow medieval streets that wind their way in all directions. As the name suggests Chalon-sur-Saône sits on the banks of the Saône River (photos). The historic sights are on the Rive Droite, except for the William-Morey Hospital on l'├«le Saint-Laurent. You'll cross the Saône on Pont Saint-Laurent to reach the island.

Chalon-sur-Saône offers its name to a small local wine region - Côte Chalonnaise.

Things to do and see:

  • Place St-Vincent with its cathedral and residences, some from the 14th century.
  • Niépce Museum of photography, with a mix of cameras and photographs from the beginning of photo taking to now. Nicéphore Niépce took the world's first known photograph in the nearby village of Saint-Loup-de-Varennes.
  • If you are looking to eat try rue de Strasbourg on the town's island. If you need to wait for a table, have a quick look at the nearby Tour de Doyenné next to the hospital.
  • The highlight of the cultural calendar is Chalôn dans la Rue, an international festival of street artists.

Chalon-sur-Saône is home to a French league basketball team - Élan Sportif Chalonnais. The team plays in the north of town in Le Colisée arena.

Chalon-sur-Saône can be reached off the A6 Autoroute or the N6 national road runs along the Saône River through Chalon-sur-Saône. There is also a train station on the Paris-Lyon line.

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