Dijon for Lovers

paris-chateauvalencayfront500Dijon, famous for the special type of mustard that is produced in the region, can be found in the very heart of the Côte d’Or. Lovers of wine and cheese are also sure to be in their element when they take a trip to Dijon.

Dijon is 312 kilometers from Paris and 320 kilometers northeast of Lyon. International visitors can fly to Paris and connect by car or train to Dijon. From Paris, follow the A6 southeast to the town of Pouilly-en-Auxois, then east along A38 to Dijon. The train journey from Paris Gare de Lyon takes roughly two hours, and there are over 20 trains daily to Dijon.

Dijon is a modern little town, with a medieval feel. It has wonderful half-timbered houses and hotels, many of which rival those in Paris. Perhaps the most striking cluster of buildings is Dijon’s three central churches, built one after the other for three distinct parishes.

The most notable museum in the city is the Musée des Beaux-Arts, housed in an old palace. It is touted as one of France’s oldest and richest museums, and boasts a superb collection of 14th and 19th century French paintings and sculptures. As Dijon is the home of mustard, visitors cannot miss the Musée de la Moutarde, where you can learn about the history of mustard.

Dijon is a great base from which to explore the Burgundy region, particularly if you love wine or bicycling. Additionally, fans of medieval history and French cuisine will not be disappointed. This region is somewhat off the tourist track and offers cyclists plenty of quiet roads which go past tree-lined canals, rolling pastures and serene forests. Here you can also sample world-renowned wine and excellent cuisine. The vineyard of the Côte d’Or, the Côte de Beaune and Châblis yield some of the world’s most venerated wines.

There are plenty of restaurants where you can sample the famous Dijon mustard on fabulous dishes. Additionally, you won’t have trouble finding the delicious wine and cheese of the Burgundy region.