Visit Dijon, the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy

Dijon is a small city with a rich historical background. The powerfull dukes of Burgundy have left many beautifull old buildings after their reign. When you take a walk in the old city, you can enjoy a sightseeing you can't see anywhere else.

The tourist office has set up a walking tour to discover the city, called the Owl's Trail. The walk guides you from the Darcy Square to the palace of the dukes, a must see.

There are only 300 000 people living in Dijon. But the city is big enough to have everything you need for shopping, going out and discover interesting things.

Why visit Dijon

It has a rich historical background as it’s the capital of Burgundy. During the middle ages the kingdom of France was not united. Some provinces were independents. Burgundy was a powerful province it's capital has many legacies from this glorious time. The center has many old and beautiful buildings. The street of the owl (la rue de la chouette) is one of the most famous place in the city. The old houses on this street are from the 16th century. Some scenes of the movie “Cyrano de Bergerac” were filmed there.

Dijon is also interesting for the food. The mustard of Dijon is worldwide known and thanks to the mustard, the city is one of the world known city of France, after Paris of course. The wine of Burgundy is a high end beverage. The Burgundian winemakers are dedicated to their work. More than businessmen they are proud of their wine and prefer to produce small quantities of wine with high quality.

The food specialties you can enjoy here are:

  • Beef bourguignon (stewed beef)
  • Oeufs en meurette (eggs and meurette sauce)
  • Escargot de Bourgogne (snails of Burgundy)
  • Gougère (cheese puff)
  • Pain d’épice (gingerbread)

There's a campus at the south east of the city. The students from the whole province of Burgundy come there to study. As result Dijon has nightlife and there are some places to go out at night. Students like to make parties especially on Thursdays, the student’s night.

So if you’re a traveler or a student coming to Dijon, you’ll find a lot of information about this nice city on this website.