Royal capital under Charles VII, Mehun-sur-Yèvre is located in the heart of Berry Roman. The preserved medieval city, at the gates of Sologne and the vineyards of Quincy-Reuilly and only 20 minutes from Bourges, has many surprises in store for you between its historical remains, its bucolic gardens and its fame in the world of porcelain. Are we taking you?

Charles VII castle

If there is a must-see in Mehun-sur-Yèvre, it is the remains of the Charles VII castle, Historic Monument whose history dates back to the beginning of the IXe century.
Old medieval fortress transformed by Duke Jean de Berry between the XIVe and XVe centuries, it is a castle that has welcomed prestigious guests of King Charles VII. In particular, you can walk in the footsteps of Joan of Arc, Jacques Cœur and Agnès Sorel. Just that !
Today, although partially destroyed by fires and the French Revolution, you can still admire its two majestic towers. One of them has been renovated and opens its doors to visitors. Accompanied by your guide, you will discover, through the different rooms, the collections displaying the objects discovered during the excavations, such as ceramics, weapons and fragments of statues. By climbing the 168 steps of the tower, you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the city and the Berry countryside, at more than 40 meters in height.

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The gardens of the Duke of Berry

After this visit rich in history, allow yourself a bucolic stroll in the gardens of the Duc de Berry. Place of passage, relaxation and reveries, the gardens of the Duke of Berry extend over nearly 3 hectares, just at the foot of the castle. Crossed by two rivers, the Yèvre and the Annain, as well as by the Canal de Berry, these gardens become, in summer, the scene of many festivities, such as the Rosière festival, the Music Festival and concerts. of the " Celebrating Gardens ". Every two years, there is also the medieval festival, with the program of craft stalls, entertainment or music, which extends over two days, the first weekend of July.

A gourmet break

Located at the foot of the Porte de l'Horloge and the old ramparts, guardians of the city, the Clock Café will offer you a taste break during your walk.
For a little gourmet break, several bakeries can offer you the traditional Berry potato galette or a slice of Easter pâté.
If you are a fan of local products, don't miss the weekly market in Mehun-sur-Yèvre which is held on Wednesday mornings on the Place du Général Leclerc and browse the stalls to discover new flavors or typical Berry products.

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The Porcelain Pole

Mehun-sur-Yèvre is home to the largest porcelain factory still in operation in France: the Pillivuyt factory. Installed on the banks of the Canal de Berry, it has perpetuated the art of porcelain since 1853.
Near the gardens of the Duc de Berry, the porcelain pole will make you discover the nuggets of this ancestral and historical art of the city. Let yourself be amazed by this delicate craftsmanship and discover the manufacturing secrets of its exceptional pieces.


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I confirm, a magnificent tourist stage, which is really worth the detour and which deserves to be visited even more. I adore...

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