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Dijon is an ancient capital city located at the heart of the Côte d'Or, Burgundy. Who hasn’t heard of Dijon mustard? Well, this is where it originated so take a trip to the Musee de la Moutarde and learn about the history of mustard. Burgundy is also of course known for its famous wines and cheeses and Dijon is a wonderful place to experience its fine dining and beautiful French cuisine. Easily toured on foot, however, if you wish to see the surrounding sights you may wish to book car hire in Dijon during your stay.
Although the city at first sight might look like a dreary modern town, delve into the centre and you will find a wonderful medieval town. Many of the streets and buildings have been restored, to give that medieval feel. The city has magnificent houses predominantly made of timber and hotels rivalling those in the romantic city of Paris. The most fascinating buildings found scattered throughout Dijon are the three churches.
There are numerous museums in Dijon, but the one worth visiting is 'Musee des Beaux Arts', especially if you like French paintings and sculptures. The museum was originally located in a beautiful ancient palace and is apparently one of the oldest and most expensive museums in France. It has a wonderful collection of 14th century art if you like that era or there are some pieces dated to later in the 19th century. The interior of the palace is magnificent and breathtaking, especially the Banquet Hall.
To get to Dijon via road connections from Paris you need to take the A6 road southeast to Pouilly-en-Auxois, a small town, then take the A38 east into the city center. Dijon is approximately 312kms from Paris and 320kms from Lyon.
Dijon also has good rail connections to many cities in Europe. The duration of the train journey from Paris Gare de Lyon to Dijon is around 2 hours, and more than 20 trains operate daily. Book tickets in advance online to reserve a seat. You can purchase on arrival, however depending on the time of the day you may find yourself standing or paying over the odds.
There are also bus connections to a number of cities across Europe. Again we highly advise you to book tickets in advance if you can.