A Trip to Dijon – Burgundy, France

In the heart of the historical region of Burgundy lies nestled the charming town of Dijon. It boasts a large Old Town with medieval and Renaissance buildings, culinary delights, and lots of sights to discover in and around the town.

The Dijon Owl Trail

The Owl Trail walking tour will take you through all the main attractions in the historic and protected area of Dijon. Just follow the path of the bronze owl (the mascot of the town) arrows embedded in the pavestones across the Dijon Old Town area. 

Do not miss the following landmarks on your way: 

  • The Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy
  • The Notre-Dame de Dijon Cathedral – at the corner, you will also see the famous owl sculpture that became a good luck charm for those who pass by and touch it with their left hand. Here, you can buy the world-famous mustard in the Boutique Atelier La Moutarderie Fallot, as well.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts – with its impressive collection of works by artists such as Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh (free to visit).
  • The Darcy Garden – home to the White Bear sculpture by Francois Pompon.
  • The Place François Rude – a great spot for a coffee in the heart of Old Town. 
  • The Rude Museum – featuring many works by the Dijon sculptor Francois Rude. 
  • The Tower Philippe le Bon – 46m high, it was erected in the 15th century and symbolized the prestige and power of the Dukes of Burgundy. Today, it’s an excellent spot for 360° views of Dijon and the surrounding areas. 
  • Liberation Square 

Burgundy Wine Tasting & Dining

After the tour, be sure to enjoy a Burgundy wine tasting at the La Cave du Palais – the town’s 15th-century vaulted cellar – to discover the richness of the Climats de Bourgogne region, explained by a wine consultant. 

For some wine shopping and/or tasting, a coffee, and dessert break, make sure to visit the International Cité of Gastronomy and Wine. One of the best wine pairings – featuring 50 Burgundy Grands Crus by the glass – can be found at the restaurant La Table des Climats. 

Another central lunch location to try is Les Jardins By La Cloche, which has a lovely garden and outdoor dining area. 


We stayed at the central Vertigo Hotel in Dijon and after exploring the town, we took a short drive and stopped in the nearby tiny, charming village of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois to admire the castle Château de Châteauneuf. We also spent a night at a real castle – The Chateau Sainte Sabine – an elegant, poetic five-star establishment situated within an eight-hectare park. 

You can check for guided tours and various experiences at: www.destinationdijon.com 

Photos by Anastasia Diadio 

The Owl's Trail
The Place François Rude
Wine cellar La Cave du Palais
The Museum of Fine Arts
La Table des Climats
La Table des Climats
The International Cité of Gastronomy and Wine
The International Cité of Gastronomy and Wine
Vertigo Hotel views
Vertigo Hotel
The Chateau Sainte Sabine

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