What to do in Dijon
You will enjoy discovering Burgundy’s capital! Dijon, a dynamic city rewarded with the official label “City of Art and History”, and ranked third most important city of art in France, offers exceptional architectural heritage, rich culture and of course its world renowned gastronomy and wines.
|Dijon is ranked high in terms of quality of life and much appreciated by the students who make up no less than 10% of its inhabitants. In the following we highlight just a few of the many attractions:
▪ The many churches, jewels of medieval architecture (Notre-Dame and its Jacquemart carillon, Saint Michel with its renaissance front, Saint Bénigne cathedral with its glazed roof tiles and its 10th century crypt)
▪ The museums (archeological museum, museum of fine arts, Magnin museum, museum of sacred art, museum of Burgundian life, …)
▪ The parks (Arquebuse botanical garden, Darcy park)
What to discover out of town
Visit the wineyards of the Côte d’Or stretching from Dijon towards the south, where the world
▪ Make a day’s excursion to the rolling hills of the Auxois region dotted with jewels such as the medieval borough of Châteauneuf en Auxois and its fortified castle, or Commarin castle displaying 17th century art of living
▪ Toward the north and east, Bèze and its natural grottoes, Châtillon sur Seine and its museum with important gallo-roman findings such as the gigantic bronze Vase de Vix, and the nice town of Dole, birthplace of Louis Pasteur, are waiting for you
For those planning a whole day out in the countryside, many highlights are waiting
• The pure 12th century marvel of the Cistercian abbey of Fontenay, the nearby authentic Renaissance village of Flavigny sur Ozerain and the Bussy-Rabutin 17th century folly
• The famous Romanesque basilica of Vézelay
• The city of Autun and its important heritage from Roman and medieval periods
• Tournus and its minster, one of the largest Romanesque buildings in France
These suggestions are in no way a complete list. Indeed, Burgundy’s history is very rich and there are numerous castles and historic sites to discover.
• Dijon’s Antiques fair, one of the most important in France.
• The antiquaries’ bric-a-brac sale, held every third sunday of the month throughout the year
• The great September sale
• The gastronomy fair, every year from 1st to 11th November
• On various week-ends in summer, car races on the Dijon-Prenois circuit
• The “Heritage Day” on the third week-end of September, where historic properties open to the public that usually are not accessible for visitors
• The famous wine auction in the Hospices de Beaune on the third week-end of November
… and lots of other festivities and events all around the year