We stayed in the Ibis Hotel and were lucky, as we both got a room with river view. Although known as a budget-type hotel we were surprised by the scenic view and the perfect location just across the river (with a free car park).

Room 115 with a view

The hotel seen from the other side of the Yonne

What did we love about Auxerre? (pronounced o-sère)

The Yonne river and its boating scene.

The little streets and colourful half-timbered houses.

River cruise ships cannot sail here. There are however numerous possibilities to rent a boat for a longer period, like with Nicols  or Le Boat. Something on our wish list.

We loved one of the barges —La Péniche d’Auxerre—  where we would have taken the Sunday’s brunch, if we hadn’t had breakfast already. Next time!

We really appreciated the Saturday night summer atmosphere on the river bank, with live jazz music, good food, nice people etc.. We had a nice diner ‘al fresco’ at Le Quai.

 The Gothic St. Etienne Cathedral (11th-16th centuries), the Abbey of Saint-Germain (9th century) and some other churches are very dominant landmarks. We were very impressed by the organ concert which we could hear when strolling around the cathedral.

St. Pierre en Vallée (17th–18th centuries), established over a 6th-century abbey

The Cathedral

The cathedral’s tower

A golden evening sun

The cathedral is renowned for its three doorways with remarkable bas-reliefs.

Half-timbered houses

Clock tower

Palais de Justice

Bicycle rental

The very appealing Yonne

A bit more south, certainly a destination to reach by boat or bike

Text and photos: Mike

More info via Tourist office Auxerre