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Things to do in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Monument / Landmark
“Sure you can see the water fountain from afar but actually going there is a whole other experience. In the summer you can rent a small boat for up to 6 people without a license and there are lots of activities for locals and tourists. There are also restaurants and bars around if you want to relax and take a break. ”
  • 140 locals recommend
Beach
“One of the most popular spots in Geneva is the Bains des Pâquis, an artificial peninsula surrounded by a lively beach that jets into the lake near Pâquis district (Rive Droite). It’s scenery is unmistakable due to the lighthouse at the end. Beach, which is very popular during hot summer days, has more than sufficient room to lie down and sunbathe, as well as easy access to the water. A magnificent view over the lake and the Jet d’Eau makes it a must place to visit. Paquis baths (Bains des Pâquis) are essentially two saunas, hammam and turkish baths; together with restaurant providing great spot for rejuvenation.”
  • 215 locals recommend
Hotel
“You just can't visit Geneva and forget to stop by the lake for a nice relaxing walk. ;)”
  • 47 locals recommend
Church
“We always take our guests to climb the stairs of the cathedral to admire the 360º view of Geneva. Extrait from Know-it-all passport®: 12th century structure includes an eclectic mix of styles. It is best known as the adopted home church of John Calvin, one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation. Inside the church is a wooden chair used by Calvin. Note: Fantastic 360° view of Geneva and surrounding mountains from the top. Climb up the 153 stairs, revel in the magnificent views along the way and discover the inner workings of this historical landmark. If you can stand loud noises, then make sure you are at the top on the hour so you can hear at close-hand the bells ring. There are 2 towers, North and South. Note: Please respect the red light/green light system on some of the narrow spiral stairs that allow traffic flow with a one-way system. Price to climb up the tower: Fr. 5.-/adult, Fr. 2.-/child age 6-16. Open October through May 10h-17h30 (Sunday from 12h), June through September 9h30-18h30, Saturday till 17h, Sunday 12h-18h30.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Castle
“Yet another beautifully restored chateau half an hour away by train or car near Montreux.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Entertainment
“This is really something. The people at Guedelon are building a castle from the ground up, with techniques from the middle ages. When you walk there it really comes to life, you can suddenly imagine how they made all those amazing buildings.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Collection médiévale et Renaissance / Medieval and Renaissance Collection Tombeaux des Ducs de Bourgogne / Tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy”
  • 52 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Inauguré au milieu des années 90, McArthurGlen Troyes affiche une centaine de magasins sur 30 000 mètres carrés de surface de vente. Le village de marques, qui compte des enseignes comme Armani, Guess, Hugo Boss, Nike, Maje ou encore Tommy Hilfiger, attire chaque année 2,5 millions de visiteurs sur les terres natales des premiers villages de marques.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Zoo
“Pal is an amusement park but also a zoo created in 1973 in the Allier. On 35 acres and offers 25 attractions of all kinds ranging from large eight dizzying ride a raft on a lake automatic through ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Museum
“Recently renovated this is a must to visit for anyone interested in sport. ”
  • 63 locals recommend
Park
“Promenade des Bastion is about 10min walk and has a playground, chess boards, restaurant, etc. If you’re here over December-January definitely head to Bastion for the amazing Christmas market and ice skating rink!”
  • 71 locals recommend
Church
“Founded in 910, the Benedictine Cluny Abbey had an exceptional influence on Europe, both political, artistic and religious. Both a town and an abbey, Cluny, even without its great abbey, bears witness to the greatness of the monastic reform movement of the Middle Ages.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Lake
“Balade autour du lac, différents lieux de restauration et activités tout autour du lac et dans la ville de Gérardmer. 30km”
  • 45 locals recommend
General Travel
“Beautiful cathedral in the middle of Lausanne. You can pay to go to the top of the tower and see the city from another perspective ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful forest walks, gorgeous scenery. Very peaceful. You can walk for a day in the forests and woodland without seeing another person. Listen to the birdsong and see the wildlife.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Museum
“The Hospices de Beaune, a 15th century hospital foundation, its shimmering roofs are the emblem of Burgundy.”
  • 49 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Crowded bar especially on Friday’s and weekends. Food is also very good there. ”
  • 62 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Family oriented Italian restaurant with a play area for kids!! No reservations but if you go early and wait for a bit, it's worth it. Known for their Naples style pizzas and their pastas aren't bad at all either! Prices are also reasonable by Geneva standards!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Lounge
“Want a fun night out with great views, a beautiful Terrace and music? This is one of the places to go! Enjoy.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“La Péniche Cancale est un établissement culturel et gourmand amarré au Port du Canal de Dijon. À mi-chemin entre une salle de concert et un bar-restaurant, la Péniche Cancale propose une programmation musicale variée, ainsi que des animations culturelles et culinaires originales. Dans la cale, sur le pont-terrasse et à quai, devant le bateau. Elle est aussi un bistrot le soir, et un restaurant de poisson (So Fish) le midi aux beaux jours.”
  • 27 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Famous Geneva restaurant, quite classic, often visited by tourists. Good reputation though not my favorite place. Medium expensive. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Casino
“There is a wonderful Freddie Mercury exhibition at the Casino. The Casino also has a wonderful pool which is CHF10-15 pp in summer to go to.”
  • 16 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“One of the best "cheap eats" in the city. They only have one dish on the menu, but it's good! This is the place to go for roasted chicken, fries, and salad. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bar
“Super cosy cafe in Old town, fun for people watching and getting a feel of Geneva”
  • 36 locals recommend

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