Dijon, the ancient capital of Burgundy it is not a particularly large city but offers many fascinating historical things to see as well as fine restaurants, creperies and tempting confectionery. You can take a relaxing canal trip and enjoy the parks and gardens
; it has much to offer its visitors.
It is a good idea to visit the main tourist office at the beginning of your holiday here you can purchase a map and a Dijon pass card which allows access to various museums
and public transport. You can get brochures on the walking tours on offer and the guided tours plus other visitor attractions in the city which can be beneficial.
There is plenty of hotel accommodation to choose from although it is advisable to book in advance if you are visiting in the popular holiday months to avoid been disappointed? Approximately 1km out of Dijon is the campsite Camping du lac and across the city you will find a hostel. In the old centre there are apartments for rent and many gites in and around Dijon, something to suit all tastes and budgets.
One of France’s oldest museums The Musée des Beaux-Arts is popular it has a collection of 14th-19th century European paintings among its exhibits also some brilliant sculpture. The tomb of Philippe le Hardi is here it is regarded as one of the best in France. Another interesting museum is the Musée Archéologique where you will see artefacts from archaeological digs.
There are other museums which may be of interest, the Musée d´ Art Sacré which is housed in a former convent and has a fine collection of religious treasures. The Musée de la Vie Bourguignonne tells the story of traditional life and includes costumes, farm equipment and furniture among its exhibits; you will see interiors of houses and a 19th Century Street of shops, both these museums are worth visiting if you have the time.
You can book an ‘English’ tour of the Amora mustard factory and museum from the Dijon Tourist Office it will teach you all you need to know about mustard. The small factory museum has old mustard machines, pots and photographs etc and makes a first class introduction to the tour. You can visit the Grey/Poupon building at 32 Rue de la Liberte one of the most famous mustard firms was founded in 1777 by Monsieur Grey.
As you explore the winding streets and narrow alley ways you will appreciate Dijon is very charming it is a beautiful city. You will come to the 13th century church of Notre-Dame and note the west front is decorated with tiers of gargoyles. On the north wall of the church is a small carved owl. Touch it to bring you good luck. Don’t forget now!
You will come across streets with half-timbered houses and some that are more commanding the Tourist Office on rue des Forges has a stunning Gothic courtyard- not to be missed, take a look at the cobbled alleys and old shopping streets.
There are many choices when it comes to dining out depending whether you would like traditional Burgundy cuisine and regional specialities, there are some good attractive restaurants and cafés to try. You can also get grills, pizzas etc... You will find plenty of café bars, music bars and an English and Irish pub for your evening entertainment. Dijon is a university city and many of the bars are popular with the student population.
You may enjoy a stroll around the local market which is held on a Saturday and three week day mornings; you will find clothes, bric-a-brac for sale here. If you like shopping you will not be disappointed there are plenty of shops to browse around; the department stores and chic shops line the pedestrianized area.
You will find many things to do and places of interest to enjoy in Dijon and the surrounding area; we have mentioned a few visitor attractions and ideas that may help if you are planning a holiday
in this area of France.