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Dijon

Country
France
State
Burgundy
City
Dijon
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Dijon Burgundy Airport is about 20 minutes drive from the city centre. The airport is small but modern with good facilities for passengers. There are several domestic flights flying to and from major French destinations each day, while chartered flights connect the city with European cities and North America. Ryan Air will begin operating flights between Dijon and London in 2007.

The airport’s facilities include ATM machines, small shops, a restaurant and newsagents and fax services upon request. Those in need of special assistance should notify their airline before upon booking.

By Rail

TGV high-speed trains make the trip from Paris to Dijon. The journey takes about 90 minutes. TGV trains also connect Dijon to Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, Lille, Lyon and destinations in Italy.

By Car

Driving into Dijon is possible but is not recommended. Parking spaces are limited in the city. Chances are you might have to park your car at your hotel for the duration of your stay. However, if you wish to drive, Dijon is well-connected to freeway and highways networks. From Paris, take the A6 and then A38 to Dijon. The trip should take about 2 hours, 45 minutes depending on traffic. You can take the A26, A5 and then the A31 from Calais through Lille and Reimes, with the journey taking about 3 hours.

Key places to visit
Amora Mustard Museum, Muse des Beaux Arts Dijon, Muse Archeologique, St Michel, Jardin de l'Arquebuse and Muse, Notre Dame


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Places to Visit

Amora Mustard Museum

This is a must-place to visit when you are in Dijon. A one-of-a-kind museum located at the manufacturing plant, Amora Mustard Museum features all sorts of information you want to know about mustard and its long, fascinating history. Learn more about how mustard is made and other interesting tidbits about this spicy yellow sauce. Tours are conducted in English.

Muse des Beaux Arts Dijon

Art lovers won’t be disappointed as Dijon is home to an outstanding art museum, Musée des Beaux Arts Dijon. Located in the eastern wing of the Palais des Ducs, this art museum is one of the most famous in France. You can find a great selection of art masterpieces including Gothic sepulchers, tombs, guilded altarpieces, remarkable Egyptian antiquities and many interesting displays.

Muse Archeologique

This museum will fascinate those with interest in archeology. The displays show a variety of artefacts with cultural and historical significance such as precious Celtic jewellery, rare items from the Romanesque period and Gothic items. The main highlight of the museum is the ancient bronze representation of Goddess Sequana, the goddess of healing, dating back to the 1st century AD.

St Michel

To the east of the Ducal Palace in Dijon is the 16th C church of St-Michel, in Flamboyant style, with three richly decorated doorways. South of the Ducal Palace is the Palais de Justice (Law Courts; 16th and 17th C).

Jardin de l'Arquebuse and Muse

Also known as the Arquebus Botanical Garden and Museum, this lovely garden provides lush-green walking paths, ponds, small rivers and spacious recreational areas. Walk around the park and relax amid the beauty of nature right in the heart of the city. Those with children can leave the little ones at the play areas provided while they breathe in the fresh air and indulge in peaceful surroundings. The Museum of Natural History is also located here, boasting many magnificent displays.

Notre Dame

In Dijon, north of the Ducal Palace is the church of Notre-Dame (13th C), a beautiful building in Burgundian Gothic style. The facade is articulated horizontally by two galleries, between which are gargoyles in the form of grotesque figures. The church has a clock tower (1382) with mechanical figures; originally there was only a single male figure, but in the course of time (most recently in 1881) he has been joined by a woman and two children. Inside, in a chapel on the right, is an 11th C "Black Virgin", one of the oldest pieces of wood sculpture in France. The church also contains a fine tapestry altar-cloth and a modern tapestry depicting the unsuccessful siege of 1513 and the liberation of 1944.

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