By trainThere is no train station in Vézelay. The closest SNCF station is in Sermizelles. From there SNCF buses drive to several destinations including Vézelay. Consult the SNCF (TER) web page for more detailed information. An alternative is traveling to Avallon. In Avallon you can continue your trip to Vézelay by taxi.
By busSNCF (TER) buses pass Vézelay departing from: Sermizelles, Clamecy and Corbigny.
By carFrom the north and the east, the fastest way to reach Vézelay is by the A6 Autoroute that runs from Paris to Beaune (access 21 and 22 for Avallon). You will find a free parking lot just outside the city walls. From the parking lot, a staircase leads to Place du Champ de Foire and Rue Saint Etienne which is the street up to the basilica.
The Basilica Sainte-Marie-MadeleineThis large cathedral, in mixed Romanesque/Gothic style, is a traditional place for pilgrims to start their pilgrimage to the great Romanesque cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. The basilica is free to visit between 8AM and 8PM. If you like, you can participate in a tour to get more information about the structure and history of the building. There are a few tours a day and they last one and a half hours. Usually the guides speak French, sometimes English. More information about the exact times are available at the basilica or visit the website. You can walk all around the outside of the basilica. At the back is a park with a beautiful view, great for a picnic.
phone: +33 3 86 32 39 26address: 14, Rue Saint EtienneIt has a collection of paintings and sculptures of famous artists like Picasso, Ernst, Calder, Miro, Giacometti, Laurens, Leger and Vieija da Silva.
Musée de l'Oeuvre Viollet-le-Ducphone: +33 3 86 33 24 62It is the former Lapidary Museum. It exhibits original sculptures from the basilica.
- A guided tour. More information at the tourist office.
phone: +33 3 86 33 23 69address: 12, rue Saint-EtienneOpen: 2PM-6PM excepted on Thursdays from All Hallows until April 30, the Sundays from November 12 until Palm Sunday, 25 and 26 December. In July and August open every day from 10AM-7PM excepted on Sundays, open from 10AM-13PM and 2PM-6PM.
- Religious art
- Regional products (Vézelay wine, cheese, jams)
phone: +33 3 86 33 21 23address: Place du Champ de FoireTraditional French kitchen
Auberge de la Coquillephone: +33 3 86 33 35 57address: 81, Rue Saint PierreTraditional French kitchen
Le Vézelienphone: +33 3 86 33 25 09address: Place du Grand Puits
phone: +33 3 86 33 39 10address: 22, Grande Rue, 89450 Saint-PèreA two-star restaurant of famous chef cook Marc Meneau
phone: +33 3 86 33 22 12address: Place du Champ de FoireHotel
phone: +33 3 86 33 20 66address: Rue Saint-PierreChambres d'hôtes
phone: +33 3 86 33 31 80Gîte
phone: +33 3 86 33 24 18address: Route d’AvallonCamp site
Foyer Hébergement Adultes Handicapésphone: +33 3 86 33 39 39address: Route de l’ Etang
- Morvan Regional Natural Park – Vézelay is located in the far north of this 290,900 ha big park with only 50,000 inhabitants in 117 communities. It’s a relative quiet hilly area with forests and lakes. In summer some lakes like Le Lac des Settons are populair tourist destinations.
- The old fortress city Avallon is just 17 km east of Vézelay
- Château de Bazoches is located on a wooded hillside near the village Bazoches 10 km south of Vézelay. The castle was built in 1180 by Jean de Bazoches. Over the years it had several owners until in 1675 king Louis XIV bestowed the castle to Sebastien Le Prestre de Vauban. Vauban was a military designer who used the castle for studies and drawings of 300 fortresses and fortified cities. The current owners, descendants of the eldest daughter of Vauban, Charlotte de Vauban, preserved many sumptuous furnishings of their famous ancestors. The Château has been designated as a historical monument and can be visited from March until November.