Château de Brancion

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Château de Brancion
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Vos1983
Naaldwijk, The Netherlands17 contributions
Great old castle
Sep 2020 • Family
Do not expect to see much inside, but outside is impressive. Theres a puzzle for small children which is nice. If you do not want to spend €7 each just walking around the commune and viewing the castle from outside is also nice.
Written September 12, 2020
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CPaM68
Texas530 contributions
•Authentic ancient chateau and village that is worth visiting
Aug 2019
We really enjoyed our trip to Chateau (Castle) Brancion, but talk about a side-trip on a side-road to get there. Our GPS took us on a small gravel road up the side of a steep hill that bypassed the parking lot and deposited us right outside the main gate. Not knowing any difference, we drove through the gate and parked in an area that I think was reserved for the workers. We didn't discover that we had come in the wrong way until we left, on a paved road that passed the downhill parking lot. Other than that, I think our visit was somewhat normal. The first thing we did was rent the audio guide, which I highly recommend, and toured the castle/fort. The information provided by the audio guide was very interesting and informative. If you are physically able, climb the steps to the top of the tower because the views and photos are well worth it. Originally built in the 12th century, restoration and renovation of the fortifications and ruins began in 1959 and are still in progress. In 1977, the entire village was classified as a historical monument. The castle remains the largest fort-castle in Southern Burgundy and is a good example of fort architecture of the Middle Ages. Located on a hill, the top of the fortress offers a wonderful view of the small village of Brancion (including the marketplace and Romanesque church) and far below into the valley. The small village with its market is nice to explore. It has a couple of shops and restaurants but is not too touristy. The church is quaint with some wall murals and frescoes that have not been restored.
Written July 3, 2020
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Martijn B
Amersfoort, The Netherlands52 contributions
Unreal gem
Aug 2019 • Couples
Beautiful place to stroll around and feel how people lived hundreds of years ago. Even though people live here now and there is a bit of tourism, you feel like you get a peek in a place where time stood still.... the view from the church is gorgeous and gives you Bourgogne at its best!
Written August 25, 2019
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Ivan T
Prague, Czech Republic96 contributions
medieval village revitalised from ruins
Apr 2019 • Friends
When travelling in Macon, Brancion is one of the places to visit, i have been there three times and every time more and more is shown. If you are interested in medieval times, this is a must as you can see and feel the ancient times around yourself.
Few steps from parking and a very nice walkthrough the village. .
Written April 29, 2019
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FoxyBuckeye2015
Springfield, OH83 contributions
Worth a Visit
Sep 2018 • Couples
We stopped by Brancion on our way from Cluny. It is certainly worth a visit, just for the views of the surrounding hills and countryside from the top of the donjon. The medieval ruins are fascinating, and the educational materials are also very interesting (note--many are in French only). The auberge just outside the gates is worth visiting for a drink or for a meal--the owner/cook/waiter/bottle washer is utterly charming and great fun.
Written September 12, 2018
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK3,889 contributions
Well worth a visit.
Sep 2017 • Couples
I suppose a fortunate aspect of living in the U.K. / Europe is that there is no shortage of ancient castles to visit and explore. With that caveat in mind, you might understand it when I say that, although this is a fascinating old castle, the highlight for us was the stroll through the ancient old village that simply exudes history and character.

The location is fantastic and the ancient church is well worth a visit, simply to soak up the feeling of history. The village was incredibly quiet when we were here, and the only people we saw were at the very good Castle visitor centre, and in the cafe and the snack bar.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and highly recommend it, especially out of season when the sheer quietness of the place lends the village a timeless quality.
Written September 13, 2017
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NZDamon
27 contributions
Awesome, well preserved castle ruin in a charming surround
Jun 2017 • Couples
We stopped here on the drive from Paris to Lyon. The village was charming, but the true intrigue is the ancient and surprisingly well preserved castle. We jumped ahead of the older French tour group, and were checking out the roofless ruins when i the space of ten minutes a thunderstorm rolled up. Our archway shelter became insufficient, so we had to make a run for the appropriately named Refuge Tower. Sopping wet and alone in a dark tower in a thunderstorm - like something out of a romance novel. The top of the tower afforded an excellent view of the surrounding countryside, and a doubly good view of the thunderstorm.

Good luck arriving for a thunderstorm though.
Written July 22, 2017
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Steve B
Belgium38 contributions
Mediaeval castle perched on a hill
Jun 2017 • Couples
The castle evolved over several centuries and the changes can be seen in the structure and architectural styles and methods... The information panels provide useful background. Well worth going to the top of the tower for an excellent view of the village and the surrounding landscape.
Written June 13, 2017
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LilyRosePig
London, UK102 contributions
Lovely Village
Aug 2016 • Couples
We really enjoyed our trip to Brancion. We arrived at 12pm and the castle is closed between 12.30 and 1pm. So we had a really nice lunch in the auberge opposite and went round the castle in the afternoon. It id quite ruined, but still interesting and a fantastic view from the tower. The village is very pretty to wander round - no shops, so it's not touristy. The church is fascinating - has some amazing wall paintings they are trying to save. Overall, a really enjoyable day if you like quiet, relaxed outings.
Written August 30, 2016
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Anita T
Westleigh, UK336 contributions
Lovely
Jul 2016 • Friends
Visited today with friends lots of walking , if you can climb the steps to the Tower well worth it, once you get at the top amazing views. Take your camera
Written July 14, 2016
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