Dijon, Capital of the Dukes of Burgundy
The capital of a powerful and prestigious duchy during the Middle-Ages, Dijon has inherited a unique cultural and architectural heritage within one of the greatest conserved areas in France. An emblematic city of haute cuisine and lifestyle, Dijon is also the gateway to one of the most prestigious vineyards of France: the Côte de Nuits and its world-class wines.
Arriving here on the road from Troyes, King François I exclaimed at the sight of Dijon: “What a beautiful town, it is the town of a hundred bell towers.“ Dijon may have lost many of its belfries since then, but it has preserved its true magnificence. Let yourself be captivated by the capital of Burgundy, and enjoy the beauty and wealth of its heritage and gastronomic delights.
- Palais des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne (the ducal palace)
- Tour Philippe le Bon (Duke Philip the Good's Tower)
- La Chouette (the famous Owl) and church Notre-Dame
- Cathedral Saint-Bénigne and the other churches as Saint-Philibert, Saint-Jean or Saint-Michel
- The Well of Moses and the former Charterhouse of Champmol
- No less than 7 Museums and a Contemporary Art Center (le Consortium)
Fun ways to discover Dijon
- The Owl's Trail: the traditional version of this tour passes through 22 sites in the historical center, inviting you to not only savor the charm of Dijon, but also to go back in time. Three extra routes with 15 additional sites were added to enable visitors to discover other sides of the capital of Burgundy.
- Guided Tours: all year round, the Dijon Tourist Office organises a vast program of diverse and varied themed tours.
- Segway Rides: set off to discover Dijon with these futuristic vehicles. An original way of visiting the town either alone, with family or friends led by one of our guides.
Dijon: Wine & Gastronomy
Famous for mustard and gingerbread, Dijon is also the gateway to the most prestigious Burgundy vineyards. Indeed, the reputation of the route of the 'Grands Crus' has earned it the epithet the 'Champs Elysées of Burgundy.' Discover the magnifient landscapes with vines as far as the eye can see and even a château right at the heart of the Côte de Nuits vineyard.
Tast the famous traditional products
Mustard, gingerbread, 'crème de cassis', Kir (traditional local aperitif), Burgundy wine ... here, the cuisine is known all around the world. A permanent feast awaits visitors in Dijon.
Tours in the vineyard
- Marsannay-la-Côte, the "Golden Gate of the Côte de Nuits», Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges with their prestigious Grands Crus (Chambertin-Clos de Beza, Gevrey-Chambertin,Romanee-Conti, Corton-Charlemagne, closed-des-Lambrays to name a few...) are kind of 'magical' names where some of the most famous wines in the world are produced. Discover this unique land and its beautiful scenery along the Route des Grands Crus, rightfully called the "Champs Elysees of Burgundy" with beautiful landscapes of vines and even a castle in the middle of the vineyard : the famous Château du Clos de Vougeot, a historic monument since 1949, and now the Chief of Order of the Brotherhood of the Knights of Tastevin. Be tempted by one of the routes that The Dijon Tourist Office offers. In half a day, a day or more, professionals and wine lovers can share great insight with you on a tour. A unique opportunity to learn the techniques of production, to visit family farms but also to realize the dream of entering the world of magic and mystery of the great wines of Burgundy. Visit, discover, enjoy and be driven around in peace.
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- Dijon Pass - Côte de Nuits: this pass offers the essence of our beautiful destination. Eleven sites and monuments open their doors to you. With no restrictions and at your own pace, you can discover the secrets of the former capital of the Dukes of Burgundy and the famous Côte de Nuits. Don't have time to see everything during your stay? So come back and visit again, your pass is valid for one year.
- May: 40th Antiques Fair - Coupe Moto Legend
- June: Grand Prix de l'Age d'Or
- July-August: Garçon la Note, free concerts in downtown Dijon
- Late August - Early September: International Festival of the Vine in Dijon
- End October - Early November: International Fair of Gastronomy in Dijon
Come to Dijon
- TGV train station: Paris (1h45), Lille (3h00), Lyon (1h45), Marseille (3h15), Mulhouse (1h05 - LGV), Strasbourg (2h00 - LGV), Basel (1h25 - LGV), Zurich (2h25 - LGV).
- Airport Dijon-Bourgogne: Bordeaux (1h30 - Eastern Airways), Toulouse (1h30 Eastern Airways), Nantes (1h30 - Eastern Airways), London-Southampton (2h00 - Eastern Airways).
- Highways: Paris (A6), Lille-Belgium (A26 - A5), Metz-Luwembourg (A31), Strasbourg, Germany (A36), Geneva (A40 - A39),Lyon (A31 - A6).
Dijon Tourist Office
11 rue des Forges – 15 Cour de la Gare
Puits de Moïse : 1 Boulevard Chanoine Kir (CHS La Chartreuse) – 21000 Dijon
Tel.: 33 (0) 892 700 558 (de France : 0,34€/min) - Fax : 33 (0)3 80 30 90 02