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Our suggestions to visit Bourg-en-Bresse

To visit the region of Bourg-en-Bresse, there is nothing better than a nice walk through the town and the territory. If you’re a city or nature-lover, like cultures or you’re simply looking for different ways to relax and have fun. Here’s a selection of what to do in Bourg-en-Bresse and its region, among which, of course, the royal monastery of Brou.

Couché de soleil sur la ville de Bourg-en-Bresse

Walking around town

Admire the buildings of the old city, go around the parks and gardens, look for clues with your Smartphone or share an unusual visit with your family: Here is several itineraries to visit on foot.

The old city of Bourg-en-Bresse

Maison Hugon_Credit GT Office de tourisme Bourg-en-Bresse Agglomération (2)History, heritage and architecture are tell in a visit guide, available at the TIC in French, English, Italian, German, Dutch and Spanish. The circuit lasts around an hour and a half and it will guide you in the heart of the city, between Houses with timber framings, particular hotels, statues, mural paintings and shops.

The guided visits of the old city are programmed: find our dates in the schedule.

The parks and gardens of Bourg-en-Bresse

Square des Quinconces animé à Bourg-en-BresseThe history of the city and its relations with nature are reveled in a guide, available at the TIC in French, English, Italian, German and Dutch. The circuit lasts around an hour and a half and go through parks and gardens, inviting you to walk around fountains and naturals spaces of the town.

« Geocaching »: an original visit

person-hand-smartphone-technology“Geocaching” Discover the heritage across a treasure hunt : That’s the activity proposed by the Geocaching. With your Smartphone, a GPS and the references, go across the iconic sites of Bourg-en-Bresse to join visits, discovering and fun.

Visite randocroquis à Jasseron

Many hiking itineraries invite you to discover the naturals resources and the heritage of the city of Bourg-en-Bresse : wash-house, typical houses, astonishing views…

Signposted routes

signalétique randonnéeRoutes are signposted in all the townships of the agglomeration, from the “balade poussette” to the hike for high-level walkers, from the familial walk to the discovering of the heritage.

You’ll find the description in maps and guides available at the tourist office and in bookshops.

The Seillon Forest

foret de SeillonThe Seillon Forest offers many hikes circuits, sportive circuits, discovery of the forest, from the fauna and flora for children or the “Sentier Randocroquis” to learn how to draw in nature. The circuits are available on a map.

More circuits

Randonnée dans le RevermontOther hiking maps are available at the TIC

Several circuits are also available on the department website :

Accompanied hikes

RandonnéeThe hike can also be the occasion to practice some activities in the middle of nature : canyoning, via ferrata or the Sentier du Vertige” with Nature Aventure or Lézard des Bois but also geological walks with AGEK association.


Cascade dans les jardins acquatiquesMore playful than sportive, many activities invite to the tour : go across a vegetal labyrinth between corn crops, go through aquatic gardins, visit the bird park, meet the animals at Touroparc or follow the river flow in the Caves of Cerdon.

Parcours VTT avec Mobilivelo

Riding a bike

Beyond the Via Rhôna the go across the south of the department of the Ain, many itineraries are signposted around Bourg-en-Bresse. Actually, the destination is really appreciated by cyclists : it even hosted several times a Tour de France stopover !

The Green way

Balade sur la voie verte en famille, direction Seillon_BouventIt’s a circuit in proper way, the Green way join the center of Bourg-en-Bresse to the forest with full security, passing by the Royal monastery of Brou and the theme park of Bouvent : the perfect occasion to stop by the lake or to golf. The Seillon forest is the paradise for biker thanks to its several circuits. You can download the map

Entirely accessible on foot and on bike, you can also practice rollers skating.

Another green way starts in Attignat, next to Bourg-en-Bresse, and enables you to ride a bike or roller skate up to Jayat, through Bresse landscapes. On the way, you can have a stop at The Plaine Tonique in Montrevel-en-Bresse, a wide nature and leisure park with a nautical centre and a lake.

Cyclotourist tours

Arrêt en forêt à Dompierre sur VeyleSeveral signposted tours are available around Bourg-en-Bresse. Many cycling itineraries are also detailed on the department website :

Bourg-en-Bresse has a quality label fot its service for cyclists, la Plaine Tonique and La Grange du Pin nature and leisure centres have the same for moutain biking.

Accompanied biking

Tour de vélo en famille au lac de BouventProfessionals organize trips with bikes or mountain bike to lean the technics from the best and know the heritage better.

Randonnée équestre

Horse riding

The Ain department is one of the most dynamic in France for its equestrian breeding.

Equestrian itineraries

Randonnée équestre dans le RevermontThe forest of Seillon, out of the typical pedestrian and bike trails, suggest also some equestrian circuits, detailed on the map here.

Many others signposted trails in the department can be download here.

Accompanied equestrian trips

Randonnée à cheval dans le BugeyMany equestrian centers suggest classes, trainings but also trips : Société d’équitation Bressane, Centre Equestre de Saint-Just, cheval Bugey

 route de bresse

With your own car or motorcycle

The tourist roads of Bresse, Dombes or Bugey and the Vallée de l’Ain invite you to discover the natural heritage and buildings.

Many itineraries make the discovery more easy and can help you to meet the inhabitants

The roman Churches circuit

Visite guidée de l'église de St-RémyA guide is available online or at the TIC in French, English, Italians, German and Dutch.

You’ll find a detailed circuit in the West of Bourg-en-Bresse to visit 5 examples of the Roman art.
The circuit is about 30 kilometers long goes through the church of Buellas to the Vandeins, with a stop-over in Saint-Rémy, Saint-André sur Vieux Jonc or Montracol.

The Tourist Roads

Cheminee sarrasineThe road of the Bresse and the road of the Dombes, sound like an invite to go from sites to sites and stop by an artisan to taste some local products. A map and a guide are available for every of those roads at the TIC of Bourg-en-Bresse Agglomeration


fromage comtéBourg-en-Bresse is situated in the South of the Route du Comté, which is a delightful track labeled Destination Toursitique Européenne d’Excellence in 2015, it will take you from fruit farms to typical France cheese factory and will let you discover the iconic sites link to the first AOP French cheese.