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The Best Tourist Routes in Dijon

Dijon is a great destination for mustard lovers, gothic architecture fans and wine lovers

TOURISM IN DIJON

If you thought you had already seen the best of France, think again because you still haven’t been to Dijon, capital of Burgundy, a very important and renowned duchy in this country. Dijon is a captivating and modern region that portrays the magic of the past through food, art and architecture.

Dijon was declared a City of Art and History and it houses architectural world heritage together with works of art that are exhibited in museums, gardens and parks, as well as a worldly known gastronomy. Here in DINKtravelers we suggest several different routes, depending on the type of traveler you are, so that you enjoy Dijon the most possible.

CULTURAL TOURISM IN DIJON

Dijon is so diverse that you can discover it depending on your own tastes. If you like art and history, then visit the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy, built in the late 14th century in a gothic style. The tombs of the Dukes are found here, although the building was later transformed so that it could house the Estates. Nowadays, it’s home to the Fine Arts Museum of Dijon and the City Hall.

Don’t leave without visiting the Tower of Phillip the Fair, located in Downtown Dijon. It was once a watchtower and a symbol of power and prestige for the Dukes and the Estate of Burgundy.

Without doubt, one of the places you can’t miss along this cultural route is the Church of Notre-Dame of Dijon, which was declared World Heritage by UNESCO. It’s located on Notre-Dame square, in the heart of Dijon, near the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy, and it’s considered a masterpiece of 13th century gothic architecture. There we recommend paying attention to these three elements:

  • The Jacquemart de Notre-Dame, a clock located on the southern side of the bell tower that has two metal automatons that ring the bells every hour.
  • The stained glass windows and rose windows created in the 13th century portraying scenes of the lives of the apostles Peter and Andrew.
  • La Chouette (the owl). a symbol of Dijon, sculpted on the northern façade of the Church of Notre-Dame. According to a legend, if you make a wish while caressing it with your left hand, you’ll have good luck.

These are only some of the museums and churches you can visit when you arrive in Dijon, although you’ll also have the chance to get close to nature by visiting the city’s gardens. Dijon houses 700 hectares of parks and gardens, both private and public, which reflect the art of living in this beautiful destination.

FOOD TOURISM IN DIJON

Dijon is worldly known for its vineyards and haut gastronomy. Named “city of gastronomy”, it hosts the annual International Gastronomy Fair. There’s a route you can follow if you want to discover and taste the best wines in France’s most important vineyards. Take, for example, Côte de Nuits, which is worldly known, and Chambertin, where they specialize in red wine made with pinot noir and gamay grapes, as well as white wines made with chardonnay. This route is known as the Champs-Elysées of Burgundy, route of the great vineyards.

As far as gastronomy goes, Dijon is globally famous for its spicy mustard made with black mustard seeds, vinegar, salt and citric acid with water. It pairs well with meats and cold cuts or, if you add a bit of mayo, it’s the perfect spread for a baguette. Without doubt, this product will be the ideal souvenir for foodies.

Finally, end this gastronomic tour by tasting the spiced bread or pain d’épices, which is made with wheat or rye flour with honey and spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and clove. You’ll love it.

FESTIVALS TOURISM

In Dijon there are several venues, hotels and a Congress Palace that offer facilities for organizations to plan events, fairs and festivals throughout the year. Here are some ideas to help you plan the best travel season for you.

If you like speed, this is for you: in May, they host the Coupes Moto Légende, the Dijon circuit, and in June, you can enjoy the Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or at the same site.

Now, if you prefer something more bohemian, in July and August they have free concerts at some restaurants’ terraces. On the other hand, if you want to learn more about wine, during August and September they celebrate the Fêtes de la Vigne while October and November are the months when the Dijon International and Gastronomic Fair takes place.

Any time of the year is great to travel here because year-round you’ll have many events to choose from; however, we recommend visiting this destination in summer because that’s when the weather is warmer and it’s the perfect time to visit the vineyards.

TRANSPORT IN A MEDIEVAL CITY

You can get to Dijon by train from Paris or Marseille. It’s only 1h 45min away from the former and 3h 15min from the latter. You can also book a flight or drive from Paris or Lyon.

Once at Dijon you can move around through the taxi network (find safe rides in authorized websites). But our suggestion is to try the ecological public transport they have in the city. It’s quite cheap.

OPENING HOURS FOR ATTRACTIONS IN DIJON

In general, opening hours of museums in Dijon are from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs, although some places close at noon. On the other hand, parks are open from 9:00 to 19:00hrs.

In order to visit the vineyards, we recommend calling the Tourist Office in Dijon to check visiting hours.

There’s no excuse to travel to this city that’s full of magic, art, history and wine.