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Bourges
Highly recommended
Bourges The Essential
Highly recommended
A rich Roman city and then (late 14C) an important artistic centre thanks to its Capetian patron Jean de Berry, Bourges became the economic hub of Berry, and more recently an important place on the music scene, with the inauguration of Springtime in Bourges in 1977. Birthplace of prominent 15C merchant Jacques Coeur, and host to Calvin when a student, Bourges has many monuments: the old city ramparts, elegant hotels, gardens, religious buildings, and historic houses (both humble and grand).

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Bourges
St Étienne Cathedral, Bourges
St Étienne Cathedral, Bourges
A Gothic masterpiece begun in 1195 and
60 minutes
Palais Jacques-Coeur
Palais Jacques-Coeur
With its steamrooms and galleried
30 minutes
Old Town of Bourges
Old Town of Bourges
Beautifully restored, the old town of
90 minutes
Estève Museum
Estève Museum
This Flamboyant Gothic building (15C-17C
120 minutes
Hôtel Lallemant
Hôtel Lallemant
Magnificent Renaissance home which now
30 minutes
Museum of Decorative Arts, Bourges
Museum of Decorative Arts, Bourges
Housed in Hôtel Lallemant, this museum
90 minutes