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     The beauty of the town, wine and food 

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     More exciting places nearby 

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     Great food, great wine and centuries of history 

Dijon Things to Do

  • Museum of Fine Arts - St John sleeping.

    Among the remarkable sculptures on display at the Museum of Fine Arts most amateurs will range this "Saint John sleeping" which is a work of art one cannot forget. Anybody aware of his/her two thousand years cultural roots will understand the emotion generated by the sleeping St John at the Mount of Olives.The sculpture of lime wood from about 1515...

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  • Place de la Libération - Place d'Armes.

    As it was raining we stayed inside the Museum of Fine Arts and watched the place from the balcony. It is a beautiful semi circular square designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, usual architect of King Louis XIV. He was at work at the Invalides in Paris, the Château de Versailles and restored in Dijon the Palais des Ducs de Bourgogne. No wonder...

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  • Retable des Saints et Martyrs - de la...

    There are two other famous carved altarpieces in the Guards Room of the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy.One is the "Retable of Saints and Martyrs" by sculptor Jacques de Baerze and painter/gilder Melchior Broederlam, the matching altarpiece of the "Crucifixion".The center part shows The Beheading of St John the Baptist, The Martyr of Saint...

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  • Retable de la Crucifixion - Jacques de...

    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...

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  • Place Darcy

    The historical center is completely kept in Dijon. The rich history of Dijon tells about prosperity of the city which became the capital of powerful duchy, reaching up to Holland. The set of ruins and historical monuments is kept from this famous time. Tombs of dukes and well-known "Moseses's Well", created by a cutter of known Dutch sculptor Klaus...

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  • Musee des Beaux-Arts

    Very nice museum in the center of old town Dijon. The museum is spread over several floors and rooms of the Palais des Etats de Bourgogne. A real plus is that entrance is free. The collections cover the Middle Ages through the 20th Century. One room is devoted to the sculpture of Pompon who is one of my favorite sculptors. The original Ours Blanc...

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Dijon Restaurants

  • Don't Miss the Frogs' Legs

    We have had the pleasure of dining at Le Germinal on five occasions during the last eight years and have made a point of returning for a second night's wonderful dining experience on each visit to Dijon except on a one-night stand. The restaurant is among many in the Place Emile Zola area on Rue Monge. Zola had a liking for frogs. His most admired...

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  • Great food, excellent decoration

    The ambience is very nice; food is superb. On the 6 days that I spent in Dijon, I went 3 times to this restaurant, which I found to be numer one in the area. On my first visit, my friend had a wok, which was very good and I had a salmon pasta, which was not the best in the world, but was OK.On the second visit, he had a pasta bolognese which was...

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  • Highly recommended restaurant in Beaune

    A guy at the bike rental store recommended this restaurant for traditional Burgundian dishes in Beaune. We were very pleased with its food, its service, and its atmosphere. The food: for a prix fixe "Menu du Terrroir", 29 Euros/person, we had a four courses menu. For appetizers, my husband had a Terrine de Canard Maison et sa Gelée au Porto, and I...

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  • The best brochettes

    Specialized in grilled meat/seafood on skewers ("brochettes"). I used to only like the Pekin style roast duck, but the duck skewer here surpassed any duck dishes I had. The restaurant has a outdoor seating and an indoor with original decor. Place Emile Zola itself is a wonderful hangout places with restaurants all around. The service is slow and...

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  • Lively restaurant in Dijon

    After a fun morning of shopping at Dijon's fabulous indoor market, head to this restaurant for lunch serving the freshest of ingredients. We didn't have lunch reservations, but had no problem getting in. Within 20 minutes the place was completed filled with locals enjoying their mid-day meal. This place had outdoor dining but the day we were there...

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  • Italian

    Immediately forgetting our spending limit of 100 Francs per day, we ate at an Italian restaurant close to rue Musette, where this photo was taken. Dijon has a nice collection of quiet streets around here with some great restaurants and cafes. We had Pizza and Garlic Bread a bottle of red wine

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Dijon Nightlife

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  • Evening Stroll

    The beauty of staying right in the town center, you can just walk from your hotel to another site. It's not a bad idea to have dinner at the restaurant of your choice (Dijon offers many) first, then walk it off. More drinks and coffee later on. I like wearing comfortable shoes, but NOT tennis shoes or the like. Dressy casual is a safe way to go....

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  • International Hangout

    Ok, so some of my fellow students might make fun of me for recommending this club, but it was the source of soem great memories. The best part, it is free to international students! Basically, just walk in speaking another language and you are golden. There is a bar, a dance floor, and a back room where you can just hang out. Ok, the music is...

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  • La Bodéga 8 bis, rue Marceau...

    La Bodéga 8 bis, rue Marceau Cartoon's Café 6, rue Charrue El Cabana 6, rue Perrières Alscot'bar 37, rue Godrans Le César 2, av du Maréchal Foch Le Beverly 11, av du drapeau Le Mosquito 3, rue Dietch Cintra 13, av Foch

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Dijon Transportation

  • New TGV Dijon/CDG and CDG/Dijon

    Thanks for the suggestions pedmar :-)Just want to add that from 5th July there is an extra TGV leaving Dijon at 17.09 to CDG. At last! You can book it already. You won't have to wake up so early to catch the 6.30am train!And for those going to Dijon, you don't have to wait until 19h41, there is now a TGV leaving CDG at 11h16! Great if you can catch...

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  • TGV and Dijon Station

    The TGV takes you to Dijon from Paris in about 1hour and 40 minutes. It is very comfortable and a great way of getting to Dijon or back to Paris. It is advisable to book a few days ahead. The train station in Dijon is very centrally located and it is easy to reach the centre by foot. You will also find many car rental services next to the train...

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  • Dijon by car

    We easily found a public parking place in the outskirtsof the centre, and preferred walking to the inner town.We also found that the main sights were marked very well, and easy to find.

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Dijon Shopping

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  • Famous Dijon Mustard

    in the central street of the historic center, huge choice of mustards, nicely packed and so many of them! There are also honey and jams I think. My main interest was mustards, as I actually did not know that people invented so many kinds of mustard!You can also taste different mustards in the shop which is great because you cannot buy them all.Even...

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  • Mustard Tasting & Buying

    Beautiful old specialist mustard shop.Dijon is famous for its mustard. Maille is a very well known brand at this mustard. At this stage you will have the opportunity to taste different types of mustard. Mustard, beautiful gift packs

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  • Moutarde

    Moutarde is everywhere in Dijon. There is one store in particular in the main town that sells quite a bit of it. I don't recall the name, but it's easy to find if you walk around the town. My favorite is Moutarde de Meaux. Prices vary, but it's not expensive.

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Dijon Local Customs

  • The Chablis and the...

    The Chablis and the Beaujolais vineyard : they are near the town of Auxerre, are half-way between Dijon and Paris. They are spread over the hill-slopes on either side of the pretty valley of the river Serein.

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  • Bourgogne Aligote and Creme de Cassis =...

    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...

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  • The Virgin of Good Hope

    Inside of Notre Dame in a chapel to the right of the choir is a wooden statue with a dark complexion. (This phenomenon has occurred on several other ancient wooden pieces of this type. The statue is in the form of the Virgin Mary ("The Black Virgin") and dates from the 11C. It is considered to be the oldest Christian church statue in France. There...

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Dijon Warnings and Dangers

  • Midas

    It's not often that I have the midas touch:)Warning - be sure to check the settings on your digital camera or you'll end up with something like this!

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  • Winetasting is great ! Only...

    Winetasting is great ! Only when starting it early morning is not such a good idea. One day we went to Pouilly Fuissé to taste wines. It was around 10 AM when we drank our first wine. I can tell you now : it 's not exactly the right time to start...

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Dijon Tourist Traps

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    Caf��-Brasserie.

    by piccolina Updated Mar 9, 2005

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    Everytime i travel in France, i fall in the same trap.....CAPPUCCINO..!!!!!...Why they continue to prepare a cappuccino with small milk, a lot of coffee and a tons of whippead cream? This is not CAPPUCCINO...!!!!!!!!!!!
    Cappuccino is the creamy " a lot of milk" with espresso coffee....That's all!

    Unique Suggestions: Eat the cream.....on the top of your cappuccino, left the "brown liquid" that looks to you from the glass...

    Fun Alternatives: Alternative?...Have a lemon tea.

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Dijon Off The Beaten Path

  • Dijon in Moscow

    I (and you) may refresh our memory about Dijon even without leaving Moscow. We should go to the Main Building of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and see a plaster replica of “The Well of Moses” by Klaus Sluter (1395-1406). Every time I visited this museum since my childhood I admired by this masterpiece… Never knew that I would be able to...

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  • Look At the Consoles on the Portal

    As was customary, the consoles under portal statuary were also carved. There are statements that all of the statues, even these consolw figures, were taken from real life models.

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  • Do Not Miss the "Well of Moses" at the...

    The Chartreuse is in the Northwest suburbs of Dijon, easily reached by car. Here one encounters two sculptural creations of the end of the 14C that are arguably the finest European works of Art up until that time. The figures are those of the prophets of the Old Testament who "predicted" the coming of Jesus. They stand on a large base that was part...

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  • Dijon and Beaune (transport and visit)

    "Transco bus provides transportation from Dijon along N72 to Beaune." Actually it is N74. Here is the link to Dijon bus company Transco http://www.cotedor.fr/jahia/Jahia/pid/473. (then click on "Télécharger les horaires.."You can also take a train between Dijon and Beaune (20min trip) Buses and trains both leave from the train station in...

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  • History - finished

    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....

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  • History - continued

    Dijon stands on Ouche river, in historical area of France and is the center of Burgundy. In the Vth century the German tribe of burgunds created the kingdom of Burgundy on Rhine with the center in Vorms. The duchy Burgundy, with the center in the city of Dijon was formed on a part of territory of kingdom in the IXth century. It was in vassal...

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Accessible Museum - Musee de la Vie Bourguignonne
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Cathedral St-Benigne - inside.
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Cathedral St-Benigne - The 5th version.
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"Retable de la Crucifixion" - Painter Broederlam.
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Tomb of Philip the Bold.
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Tomb of John the Fearless and Margaret of Bavaria.
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Museum Fine Arts - Hebe and the Eagle of Jupiter.
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Museum of Fine Arts - Paintings.
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Museum of Fine Arts - Statue of Louis XIII child.
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Museum of Arts - Statue of Antoinette de Fontette.
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Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon (Introduction).
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Place d'Armes
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Walk the Streets of Old Dijon
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Around Dijon
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Darcy Gardens
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St. Michael's Church
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Dijon Museum of Art
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Be Sure to Visit the Chartreuse de Champmol
Off The Beaten Path
Beaux Arts: Some Burgundian Art Treasures
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St.-Michel Church: Go Inside (4)
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Examine the Console of the Trumeau (3)
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St.Michel Church:Sculptural Work on the Facade (2)
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Visit the Church of St.-Michel (1)
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Study the Facade of Notre Dame Church
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Jacquemart the Bell-Ringer
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Old Houses an& Streets: Rue de la Chouette (3)
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An Owl That Brings Good Luck!
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Old Houses & Streets: Rue des Forges (2)
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Old Houses & Streets: Hotel Chambellan (1)
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Salle des Gardes: "Les Pleurants" (Mourners) (3)
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Salle des Gardes: Tomb of Jean the Fearless (2)
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Salle des Gardes: Tomb of Philippe le Hardi (1)
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Salle des Gardes: A Famous Retable (4)
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Fine Flemish Paintings Are in the Beaux Arts
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See the Kitchen at the Ducal Palace
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The Palais des Ducs Is the Musee des Beaux-Arts
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The Streets of Dijon
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Place Darcy
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Saint-Philibert
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Saint-Benigne / Dijon Cathedral
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