Bourg-en-Bresse Sightseeing

We spent a pleasant weekend in Bourg-en-Bresse. The town is small enough to be easily walkable, and there was more to see than I expected. We started with the walking tour printed on the tourist office map, which took us past the numerous half-timbered houses, before visiting the busy Saturday market to pick up supplies for lunch.

Half-timbered houses, Bourg-en-Bresse, France Half-timbered houses
Coloured half-timbered houses, Bourg-en-Bresse, France The half-timbered houses come in different colours
Cafe tables fill the square with the church in the distance, Bourg-en-Bresse, France Cafe tables fill the square with the church in the distance
Fountain with church spire in the backgroud, Bourg-en-Bresse, France Fountain with church spire in the distance
Flowers adorn the windows of this old house, Bourg-en-Bresse, France Flowers adorn the windows of this old house
So many half-timbered houses, Bourg-en-Bresse, France So many half-timbered houses
Shady cafe tables, Bourg-en-Bresse, France Shady cafe tables
Theatre roof, Bourg-en-Bresse, France Theatre roof

The biggest surprise was the Monastery of Brou, a national monument which is a short distance from the town centre. The white church is roofed in brightly-coloured tiles; a striking sight against a blue sky. The monastery buildings are more modest, and conceal a little garden behind them. The monastery and church are no longer operational and have both been converted into a museum. Have a look at Graham’s video of our monastery visit.

Monastery of Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, France Monastery of Brou
Monastery garden, Monastery of Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, France Monastery garden
The tiled roof shone in the sun, Monastery of Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, France The tiled roof shone in the sun