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Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune
With the grand backdrop of the Château de Savigny, just outside Beaune, owner Michel Pont displays his collections and passions.
Set to one side of the Château are some 80 fighter planes including Mirages, a Jaguar, Mystères, Fouga, a Sikorsky Helicopter. Then there are the motorbikes, a collection of about 300 manufactured between 1902 and 1960 including Harley and Terrot, Blériot and Honda. So many in fact that they are vying for space in the galleries. The model planes on the second floor of the castle number nearly 2,300 showing the complete history of aviation. Sexy red racing cars occupy another building. Monsieur Pont used to race some of the Abarth cars himself; the rest he has collected, amounting to about 30 in all.
And if you need a break from the fast lane, there is a display of vine tractors showing ancient relics of engineering. They look as if they have been designed by Emett, the inventor of the flying machines in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with their copper cylinders and sprays.
The château is surrounded by its own famous vineyards and you can enjoy a wine tasting and lunch in the restaurant. This is the place with something for all tastes.
Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune is open:
April to October from 9.00 to 18.30
Children under 9 yrs free