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Dijon

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Dijon - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Côte-d'Or
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Occupying a strategic location between Northern Europe and the lands of the South, the capital of Burgundy was home to one of Europe's most brilliant courts in the 14th and 15th century: the court of the Dukes of Burgundy. An exceptional architectural ensemble that testifies to this splendid past, the built heritage of Dijon, a City of Art and History, consists of superb monuments and picturesque old half-timbered houses. In the Renaissance, as well as in the 17th and 18th centuries, elegant mansions were built: the Esterno mansion, Coeurderoy mansion, Legouz de Gerland mansion, Bouhier de Lantenay mansion, etc.

You can explore the city on foot, by tramway, bike, shuttle bus or Segway, and there are many guided tours for you to learn about its history and its well-preserved neighbourhoods. The Owl Trail, a 22-step walking circuit to take at your own pace, will show you the essential sights of the historic centre. So take the time to stroll around its pedestrian streets and pleasant squares, then make the most of the lovely shops and delicatessens that you'll find along the way.

Based in the Palace of the Dukes and States of Burgundy, which also houses Dijon City Hall, the Fine Arts Museum has remarkable collections ranging from Antiquity to the 21st century through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In what was once the great ceremonial hall, you can admire the sumptuous tombs of the Dukes Philip the Bold and John the Fearless. Dating from the 15th century, the Philip the Good Tower, which stands 46 metres tall and overlooks the palace, will offer you stunning views of the city and its surroundings!

The city's many churches, spanning every era from the Middle Ages to the present day, have earned Dijon its moniker of "city of a hundred bell towers". The Church of Our Lady, the oldest, is a Gothic masterpiece with its remarkable gargoyle-adorned façade. Its unusual sculpted owl, located on one of the building's buttresses, is thought to bring good luck. You have to stroke it with your left hand while making a wish! Inside the church, at the south apsidiole you can see the very old statue of Our Lady of Good Hope, a wooden Virgin from the 11th century.

Other sights to see are the Cathedral of St. Benignus in the Burgundian Gothic style, the old Church of St. Anne that is now a religious art museum, the Church of St. Michael in the Flamboyant Gothic style, the Church of St. Stephen, where the choir and transept house the Rude Museum devoted to the Dijon sculptor François Rude, etc.

A masterpiece of Burgundian medieval sculpture awaits you at the hospital centre, in the former cloister of Champmol Charterhouse: the Well of Moses, the base for a cross that has now gone, made between 1395 and 1405.

Le Dijon contemporain se dévoile à travers plusieurs espaces dédiés à l'art : des galeries privées ; l'Atheneum, lieu d'exposition ; le Consortium, centre d'art contemporain.

À faire avec les enfants, le musée du cerf-volant, à Perrigny-lès-Dijon, où se dévoilent plus de 1 000 cerfs-volants venus du monde entier !

Porte d'entrée des prestigieux vignobles de Bourgogne, et notamment de la Côte de Nuits, Dijon est la ville de la moutarde, du pain d'épices et de la crème de cassis, qui possède son musée, le Cassissium, à Nuits-Saint-Georges, à une trentaine de kilomètres au sud de Dijon. Son volet gastronomique, incontournable, passe aussi par le boeuf bourguignon, les oeufs en meurette, le jambon persillé, le coq au vin et bien sûr les grands crus... Aux halles, près de 250 stands vous proposent produits frais et spécialités locales. Ce marché des saveurs a lieu les mardi, jeudi et vendredi matin, ainsi que le samedi toute la journée.

Dijon est aussi une ville verte avec ses 700 hectares de parcs et jardins, dont le très beau parc de l'Arquebuse avec son arboretum, sa roseraie et son jardin des Sciences qui réunit un planétarium, un muséum et un jardin botanique dédiés à la biodiversité. À voir également, le parc de la Colombière, un jardin à la française classé aux monuments historiques, riche de plus de 6 000 arbres.

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Discover the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, the many churches in the city, theater, halls... Stroll on foot, or take advantage of the shuttle Diviacity, of Vélodi bike or tram Divia.

It is also the ideal base for exploring the Côte de Beaune, with its prestigious wines! Climates of the vineyards of Burgundy are also registered at UNESCO heritage since July 4, 2015.

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Place Saint-Michel in Dijon
Place Saint-Michel in Dijon
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Place of the Liberty (© Lalucarnenotredame)
Place of the Liberty (© Lalucarnenotredame)
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Tour Lebon (© Lalucarnenotredame)
Tour Lebon (© Lalucarnenotredame)
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Old houses of the street Chabot-Charny in Dijon
Old houses of the street Chabot-Charny in Dijon
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Inside the palace of the Dukes of Burgundy (© Lalucarenenotredame)
Inside the palace of the Dukes of Burgundy (© Lalucarenenotredame)
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Palace of the Dukes, illuminations of Christmas (© Lalucarnenotredame)
Palace of the Dukes, illuminations of Christmas (© Lalucarnenotredame)
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Square Darcy (© jeremB)
Square Darcy (© jeremB)
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Lucky charm, the owl of Dijon
Lucky charm, the owl of Dijon
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Sunset on Dijon (© jeremB)
Sunset on Dijon (© jeremB)
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Place of the Liberation
Place of the Liberation
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Sunset on the lake kir (© jeremB)
Sunset on the lake kir (© jeremB)
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Square Darcy at Christmas (© jeremB)
Square Darcy at Christmas (© jeremB)
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Cloudy skies on Dijon (© jeremB)
Cloudy skies on Dijon (© jeremB)
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Place of the Dukes of Burgundy
Place of the Dukes of Burgundy
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Mulot Little Jean of Notre-Dame (© Lalucarnenotredame)
Mulot Little Jean of Notre-Dame (© Lalucarnenotredame)
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Place de la République and Christmas market (© Lalucarnenotredame)
Place de la République and Christmas market (© Lalucarnenotredame)
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The wine route is of course a must during a stay on Dijon.

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