A City of Art and History, Bourges offers a range of monuments to discover. From the Jacques Cœur Palace to the Saint-Etienne cathedral, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, a walk through Bourges is a unique experience! Stroll through the medieval district, admire the half-timber houses and the Renaissance hotels and enjoy the magic of the place during the Nuits Lumières evening events. 

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Saint-Etienne Cathedral: the gem of Bourges

A masterpiece of gothic art, the majestic Saint-Etienne Cathedral is the crown of the city. The great edifice stands in the centre of the city and is characterised by its unusually long nave. Inside, rare 13th-century stained-glass windows bathe the stones in coloured light. Climb the 396 steps to the top of the north tower, also called the “Butter Tower”, where you can admire the cathedral from a different perspective and enjoy a panoramic vista of the city and surrounding area. 

Bourges wetlands: nature in the city, almost…  

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A secret world of still water at the foot of the medieval district, the Bourges wetlands are a unique space for relaxing and enjoying nature just a stone’s throw from the cathedral and the historic part of the city. Here, 1,500 family gardens are cultivated by their owners over no less than 135 hectares. Vegetables and flowers thrive in the haven of greenery that you can explore on foot or by bike. 

Le Printemps de Bourges, a festival to get your feet tapping! 

First held in 1977, Le Printemps de Bourges returns each year in April like a migratory bird. A popular and renowned festival, it fills the city over six days with the sound of contemporary music and offers an eclectic programme featuring a wide range of artists. Each year is different and the number of festival goers is continually on the rise!  

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