Sightseeing Itinerary Map for Day Trip in Chalon-sur-Saône

Chalon-sur-Saône

Chalon-sur-Saône

Check Point
・Several islands floating in the Saône River

・Photography Museum, the birthplace of photo development

・Church incorporating Italian style

【City description】

This is the city on the banks of the Saône river. There are some islands on the river. Nicéphore Niépce who succeeded the photo development for the first time in the world was born in this city and there is a museum about the camera and the photo.

【Overall rating】

 ★★★☆☆

Time required】

 4 h

Budget】

  0 euro

Fatigue】

 ★★★☆☆



Itinerary Map

Navigation

【Start】
①Chalon-sur-Saône Station

★Go to Jean Jaurès Avenues in front of the station. When you find the department store Galerie Lafayette, turn right to go to Denon St. Go straight as far as Hôtel de Ville Square. It takes 15 minutes by walk.

②Denon Museum

★Visit a church in the same square.

③St-Pierre Church

★Go to Port Villiers St from the square and turn left at the end. It takes 5 minutes.

④Tourist Information Center

★Go to the building next the tourist information center.

⑤Nicéphore Niépce Museum

★Continue to walk on the street and pass a bridge. It takes 5 minutes.

⑥St-Laurent Island

★Pass the same bridge again and go to Pont St. turn right at the first crossroad.

⑦Saint-Vincent Cathedral

★Go to Fèvres St in front of the cathedral as far as Theatre Square.

⑧Painting of Molière and Ménagère

★Continue to walk on the street and turn right at the first crossroad. When you arrive at Beaune Square, turn left to go to Emiland Menand St. Go straight the street to go back to the station. It takes 20 minutes.

【Goal】
Chalon-sur-Saône Station


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Start】

①Chalon-sur-Saône Station

Gare de Chalon-sur-Saône

★Go to Jean Jaurès Avenues in front of the station. When you find the department store Galerie Lafayette, turn right to go to Denon St. Go straight as far as Hôtel de Ville Square. It takes 15 minutes by walk.


②Denon Museum

Denon Museum

Musée Denon

Time required: 60 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 9 h 30 am – noon / 2 pm – 5 h 30 pm
(10 am – 1 pm / 2 pm – 6 pm in July and August )

Close: Tuesday, national holidays

This is an art museum located on the square in front of City Hall. It exhibits a wide range of items from a variety of genres, from archaeology-related items such as Egypt, to paintings and prints from the 16th century onwards.


★Visit a church in the same square.


③St-Pierre Church

St-Pierre Church

Église st Pierre chalon sur Saône

Time required: 15 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 10 am – 6 h 30 pm

Close: No

This church was built around the beginning of the 18th century. The exterior is Italian style with its two symmetrical bell towers, but the interior is Baroque style with a vaulted ceiling in the center. The exterior is relatively new as it was renovated in 1900.


★Go to Port Villiers St from the square and turn left at the end. It takes 5 minutes.


④Tourist Information Center

Time required: 5 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Get Information and more here.


★Go to the building next the tourist information center.


⑤Nicéphore Niépce Museum

Nicéphore Niépce Museum

Musée Nicéphore Niépce

Time required: 40 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 9 h 30 am – 11 h 45 am / 2 pm – 5 h 45 pm
(10 am – 1 pm / 2 pm – 6 pm in July and August )

Close: Tuesday, national holidays

This museum is named after Nicéphore Niépce, a native of this town. He was the world’s first inventor to successfully develop photographs, and received a patent from Napoleon for inventing the world’s first internally fueled engine to sail up the Saône River. This museum mainly exhibits about photography and camera equipment. You can see various types of cameras, from large ones from ancient times to toy cameras.


★Continue to walk on the street and pass a bridge. It takes 5 minutes.


⑥St-Laurent Island

St-Laurent Island

L’île-St-Laurent

Time required: 20 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

It is one of the islands floating on the Saône River. It is a recommended area to have lunch as there is a restaurant area. The other island has residential areas and schools, and there is nothing to see as a tourist.

★Pass the same bridge again and go to Pont St. turn right at the first crossroad.

square of the cathedral
the square of the cathedral


⑦Saint-Vincent Cathedral

Saint-Vincent Cathedral

Cathédrale Saint-Vincent

Time required: 20 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 9 h 30 am – 7 pm

Close: No

The cathedral is located in a corner of the old town square lined with half-timbered houses. Construction in its current form spanned the 12th to 16th centuries, resulting in a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles. As you enter from the front, which has two symmetrical bell towers, you will be enveloped in a simple yet solemn atmosphere. On the walls are tapestries brought from Brussels, Belgium, in the 16th century.


★Go to Fèvres St in front of the cathedral as far as Theatre Square.


⑧Painting of Molière and Ménagère

Painting of Molière and Ménagère

Molière et la ménagère

Time required: 5 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

This is a trompe l’oeil painting in the plaza in front of the theater. It depicts a mother and child climbing a staircase towards a Molière sculpture. It was painted in 1991 and is also painted on the walls of other buildings in the square.


★Continue to walk on the street and turn right at the first crossroad. When you arrive at Beaune Square, turn left to go to Emiland Menand St. Go straight the street to go back to the station. It takes 20 minutes.



【Goal】

Chalon-sur-Saône Station



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