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71640 Germolles (Mellecey)

  • XII
  • XIV

Visits guided

  • 17th March-30th April: daily 14 am - 18 pm, beginning April 1.
  • May 1st - October 13: daily, 9 h 45 - 12 h 30 and 14 h - 19 h 30.
  • 14th October to 17th November: every day except Monday, 14 am - 18 pm.
  • November 18 to March 14, 2014: by appointment.
  • Apart from these regular hours the castle can be visited all year round by appointment.


In 1380, Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, bought the stronghold of Germolles for his wife Margaret of Flanders.

The Duchess transformed it into a luxurious home with the help of the finest sculptors and artists of the Burgundian School (Claus Sluter, Jean de Beaumetz).

The tour includes the cellar, the lower chapel, the two towers guarding the entrance which are the remains of the original fortress, the great reception room, the ducal chapel and apartments, as well as those of the courtiers.

The painted and sculptured sets, including the floor tiles, demonstrate the quality of the castle. The hamlet adjoining the castle and a 19th century park set out in the English style complete the setting. Germolles is not only one of the few palatial and princely residences of that time in France but also the only country estate of the Dukes of Burgundy that has been preserved so extensively.