Bourges, a city of culture not to be missed in France

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Published by Julie M. · Photos by Pascal P. · Updated on February 27, 2023 at 10:10 p.m. · Published on February 27, 2023 at 09:58 p.m.
What if you discover Bourges for a weekend or a week of vacation? Bourges is a historic city located in central France, which is rich in architectural and cultural heritage. Visitors can discover fascinating sights such as the Gothic cathedral, the Jacques-Coeur Palace and the Museum of Decorative Arts. In addition, the Printemps de Bourges, one of the most important music festivals in France, attracts thousands of visitors each year. For travelers looking to discover this city full of culture, the Mercure de Bourbon Hotel Bourges offers comfortable accommodations conveniently located for exploring the city and surrounding region.

Bourges is a historic city in central France, known for its medieval architecture and its Gothic cathedral. It is also full of interestingcultural activities, which will delight the most curious visitors:

The Museum of Decorative Arts

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is a must-see attraction for art and design lovers. Located in the former bishop's palace, the museum houses an impressive collection of decorative art objects, ranging from the Middle Ages to the contemporary era. Visitors can admire furniture, tapestries, ceramics, glassware and jewelry, as well as temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.

The Palais Jacques-Coeur

The Palais Jacques-Coeur is another must-see in Bourges. Built in the 15th century for the wealthy banker Jacques Coeur, the palace is an impressive example of French medieval architecture. Visitors can admire the grand reception hall, the luxurious rooms and the gardens adorned with fountains. The palace also features exhibitions on the history of Bourges and the region.

The Saint-Etienne Cathedral

The Saint-Etienne cathedral is one of the architectural jewels of Bourges. Built between the 12th and 13th centuries, the cathedral is famous for its magnificent stained glass windows, which date back to the medieval period. Visitors can also admire the great nave, the side chapels, the carved doors and the imposing towers. Classical music concerts are regularly held in the cathedral.

The Printemps de Bourges

How to talk about Bourges without mentioning its famous event? Le Printemps de Bourges is a popular music festival that takes place every year in April. For five days, local and international artists perform on several stages throughout the city. The festival attracts thousands of visitors each year, making it one of the most important events on the French music scene.

On the accommodation side, theMercure de Bourbon Hotel in Bourges is probably one of the nicest in the city.

Ideal for visitors looking to stay in the center of the city, the hotel is located in a historic 18th-century building that has been renovated to offer modern and comfortable accommodations. Rooms are spacious and equipped with flat-screen TVs, minibars and free Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast each morning, as well as an on-site bar that serves cocktails and light snacks. Near the hotel, you'll find Le Marmiton Berrichon, a friendly local restaurant where the chef cooks for you. It's family-friendly, so it's perfect for kids and parents alike, with generous, homemade dishes. It is also open on Sundays (unlike many restaurants in the area) if you stay more than a weekend.

TheMercure de Bourbon Hotel in Bourges is also well located for exploring the city's cultural sites. The Museum of Decorative Arts, the Jacques Coeur Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral are all within walking distance of the hotel. Guests can also enjoy the city's many restaurants, cafes and stores, which are easily accessible from the hotel.

For travelers looking to explore the Bourges area, thede Bourbon Mercure Hotel is also an ideal base. The city is surrounded by beautiful rural landscapes, castles and vineyards that are well worth a visit. The hotel's receptionists can help guests arrange excursions in the area, whether it's to visit local vineyards, explore historic castles or simply take a walk in the surrounding countryside.

In conclusion, Bourges is a fascinating French city rich in history and culture. If you are looking for an authentic cultural destination, stop by Bourges and its beautiful region for a few days.

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60 62 Avenue Jean Jaurès
18000 Bourges