Dijon is situated in Bourgogne (Burgundy) in the heart of France. Built in the 14th and 15th centuries, Dijon is a beautiful city comprised of quaint squares and gothic churches. The many chateaux and mansions built in a range of traditional styles make for a beautiful sight-seeing visit. Walking tours are very popular in this city, a variety of walking tour maps can be obtained from the city’s tourist office.


One of the major sights to see in Dijon is St Benigne’s Cathedral. A classic example of the gothic architecture typical of this region, the Cathedral is named after the Saint thought to be buried in a 2nd century sarcophagus – the remains of which are still on show for visitors to see. The Palais des Ducs is the old residence of the famous Dukes of Burgundy, who built the city. Climbing the 316 steps to the top of the Tour Philippe le Bon, which is part of the palace, will give spectacular views over the city, and allow visitors to see the different architectural styles first-hand. The striking Notre-Dame Church is decorated with ornate gargoyles, and the columns are completed with the 14th century Jacquemart clock, which still tells the time accurately.


One of the many local products available to buy is the famous Dijon mustard. A regular market in the city centre sells all sorts of local produce, while auction houses are ideal places to pick up antiques and art work. There are also several antiques shops on rue Verrerie, which is located behind Notre-Dame. Being surrounded by wine regions, Dijon has a great deal of excellent wines available for sale.

Nightlife and Eating Out

Nightlife in Dijon is relatively calm, the Theatre du Parvis St Jean frequently hosts some excellent productions. There are several clubs and bars in the city, L’an Fer and L’atmosphere being preferred amongst younger generations.

Tourist Information

Office de tourisme de Dijon34, rue des ForgesBP 8229621022 DijonTel: +33(0)380 441 144 Email info@dijon-tourisme.comwww.dijon-tourism.com


Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport, and Paris Charles de Gaulle are both approximately 2 hours away by train.

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