Arcantis Hotel Hermes

Route Nationale 74, Dijon, Burgundy, 21160, France
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Why Dijon?

by ranger_sez

What is Dijon best known for? What are some must-see icons and must-do activities? What type of city is Dijon??

Ta =D

RE: Why Dijon?

by pedroswift

Sez there is a short precis on Dijon on my travel page if you care to look. More importantly there is a link to a local resident, Corinne's photo gallery.

RE: Why Dijon?

by vtveen

You could start reading VT pages about Dijon and you will find '1000' ideas !!

RE: RE: Why Dijon?

by Martinewezel

Dijon is known for it's mustard, of course ;-)

RE: Why Dijon?

by happyindijon

The Washington Post wrote an article in September about Dijon that could interests you.
And you'll see that Dijon is not only mustard! ;-)

Go to the tourist office and ask for the "owl's trail" brochure (2€) to show you all the nicest sites of the historic center.

I don't know when you're going but there are lovely parks to enjoy when the weather is nice and plenty of museums to see when it is raining !
Pedro gave you a link (Thanks Pedro!)to a few pics on my website and here is a direct link to my more than 300pics of Dijon.
Happy travels!

RE: Why Dijon?

by zapata1

Hi - we have been asking the same question, so far the best source of information we have found is on a site called Burgundy Eye There seems to be plenty to do in Dijon. A trip to Beaune is probably a good idea too.

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History - finished

by Kuznetsov_Sergey

All the territories, were not the uniform state Burgundy, they were united only by authority of the ruling duke. Formally Burgundian dukes were vassals of the emperor, and the French king, and actually - independent governors. With accession of Capets dynasty Dijon becomes the capital of Burgundy.
The monastic Bernardin order arised in Burgundy. Sacred Bernard, the founder, rised in the head of the second crusade. Dijon became the capital of Burgundy with the accession of the Capeting dynasty. In the XIV-th century the throne passed to the dynasty of Valua whose three representatives were born in Dijon: Jean, Phillip and Charles.

Bourgogne Aligote and Creme de Cassis = Un Kir

by hquittner

We stayed for 2 nights at the Relais de la Sans-Fond in the town of Fenay, 5 km south of Dijon by the D996. It had a good inexpensive restaurant and we ate our dinners there. With our first meal we ignorantly requested a local white wine. The waiter explained that red burgundy was the proper request. We countered that we did not want to spend a large sum and a dry white would please us more. He came back explaining that this wine (the Aligote varietal) was rather sharp. I took a taste and approved. He then told us that we should first have it as part of a Kir, an aperatif. We concurred and he hurried back with aperatif glasses 1/3 filled with creme de cassis (which he told us was another local specialty). He filled the glasses with cold Aligote, which mixed with the cassis, et voila! We finished the bottle with our meal. He then told us about the 65 yr old priest Canon Kir who invented the drink and was a secret member of the Resistance during WWII when he thought up the drink. After the war Kir was elected mayor of Dijon for 4 consecutive 6 year terms and was the only Catholic priest in the National Legislature. (There is much more about this character; look him up). Most bars do not have Aligote and serve a blanc-cassis (or in Provence a vermouth-cassis). Other substitutions include one the Canon served Khruchiev when he visited Dijon, a "Double-K" substituting vodka; using champagne makes it a Kir Royale, also quite good.

Notre Dame

by Kuznetsov_Sergey

Ancient walls of XII century surround the Ducal palace - Palais des Etats and Palais des Ducs where in practically protogenic view it was kept Salle des gardes with Phillip's tombs, and his son - Jean, a chapel where Phillip proclaimed the establishment of "The Award of the Gold Fleece".

The ducal palace was under construction during 400 years. It is a magnificent monument of the historical past. In the XIV-XV centuries the empire of "four great dukes" had its capital in Dijon. The museum of arts is placed in a wing of a grandiose palace. There is the Cathedral Saint-Benigne in the Romance style, built on ruins of more ancient church.

Retable de la Crucifixion - Jacques de Baerze.

by breughel

I even more admired in the Salle des Gardes the "Retable (altarpiece) of the Crucifixion" than the tombs.
Actually on each of my visits in Burgundy I discovered remarkable works of art made in my country.
This triptych of carved wood made by Jacques de Baerze is one of the oldest examples of these Flemish altarpieces which were a specialty in the 15th and begin 16th century of cities like Brussels, Antwerp and Mechelen (see my comments on Brussels, Musée Royal d'Art et d'Histoire au Cinquantenaire).
The Retable of the Crucifixion was carved in Dendermonde, a town between Brussels and Gent, around 1390 - 1399.
On the central panel 252 cm wide are represented from left to right the Adoration of the Magi, the Crucifixion in the centre, and the Entombment of Christ. The side-panels (125 cm wide) represent saints. Above there is elaborate Gothic tracery with small figures of saints and angels looking like the décor of churches with openings and windows (167 cm high). The frame is made in oak; lime tree wood is used for the sculptures.

I tried to imagine the transport of this altarpiece from Dendermonde to the Carthusian monastery of Champmol. A distance of nearly 500 Km in a wagon, certainly with a military escort, at least two weeks on bumpy roads!


J'ai encore plus admiré le "Retable de la Crucifixion" que les tombeaux.
Il est vrai que à chacune de mes visites en Bourgogne j'ai découvert de remarquables œuvres d'art produites dans mon pays.
Ce triptyque de bois sculpté par Jacques de Baerze compte parmi les plus anciens exemples conservés de ces retables flamands dont les villes de Bruxelles, Anvers et Malines se sont fait une spécialité tout au long du XVe siècle et au début du XVIe siècle. (voir mes commentaires sur Bruxelles, Musée Royal d'Art et d'Histoire au Cinquantenaire).
Il a été réalisé à Termonde/Dendermonde en Flandre entre 1390 et 1399.

Sur le panneau central d'une largeur de 252 cm sont représentées de gauche à droite "l'Adoration des Mages", la "Crucifixion" et la "mise au Tombeau". Sur les volets latéraux (125 cm de large) alternent des figures de saints et de saintes vénérés pour leur pouvoir d'intercession. La hauteur est de 167 cm. Le registre supérieur de la partie centrale et des deux volets rappelle les décors d’églises avec les baies, les vitraux, les pinacles.
Le coffrage est en chêne ; le tilleul est utilisé pour le décor architectural et les statuettes.

En examinant les détails de ce retable j'ai essayé de m'imaginer son transport en 1399 depuis Termonde jusqu'à la Chartreuse de Champmol. Près de 500 Km en chariot cahotant, certainement accompagné d'une escorte militaire, au moins deux semaines de route!

City of Owls

by northeast80

We took a day trip to Dijon from where I was staying, St.Gilles, and I really liked Dijon, not too big and large enough to spend a full day wandering around.
We bought a train ticket for it to be replaced be a coach taking three times as long! 1.5hrs instead of half an hour, you do get to go through some nice towns and along the vin yards. This happens quite often when there's not enough people for the train.
The Owl walk was a great thing to do, be sure to check out my tip for this with all the stops on, you really get to see the best parts of the city.
There was a big mixture of styles around, from the 13th Century, to Georgian to Art Nouveau to 1960's architecture. Lots of interesting boutiques, the market, lots of churches to visit, parks to relax in, cafes and museums.
We took our lunch with us but there's plenty of lovely looking patiseries to drop in.


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