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Dijon Travel Guide: 186 reviews and 445 photos

More Than a Day

We only allocated a full day to Dijon on our exploration of Burgundy and it rained most of that day. This drove us into spending most of our time indoors at the Palace of the Dukes and Estates-General of Burgundy and to the Beaux Arts Museum. Luckily it did not rain on the preceding afternoon as we arrived and stopped at the Chartreuse de Champmol in the northwest outskirts of the city, where we feasted our eyes on the masterpieces of sculpture by Claus Sluter, arguably the greatest works before Donatello. (The greater of the two elaborate monuments there, the so-called "Well of Moses" is covered by protective glass and iron barriers which make for both visual and photographic difficulties, but the experience is still worth the trouble).

Why is Dijon Neglected?

As we began to review our experiences of long ago, we have become puzzled about why the treasures of Dijon are so superficially described in VT. It is a large city and Burgundy was both powerful and the seat of much artistic activity. It is certainly more than old houses, mustard and nearby vineyards. We will try to show what we found. And we spent little enough time there too.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:There Is Much To See and Do
  • Cons:We Needed A Car to See What We Saw
  • In a nutshell:One Day Is Not Enough
  • Last visit to Dijon: May 1992
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    Jun 18, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    I've just started researching this area with a view to maybe one day getting to see it at long last. Thanks for your pages, quittner.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2011 at 1:48 AM

    Heading there in April, thanks for sharing your experience.

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2009 at 5:18 AM

    Excellent reviews with a lot of information. I think you know more of France than most Frenchmen! We had also rain in Dijon.

  • PierreZA's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2008 at 11:37 PM

    A fantastic page on Dijon! Your pages on Burgundy are temptong me to go back for another visit!

  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2008 at 7:59 AM

    Interesting page. We just have been not far away of Dijon and thought about visiting it, but unfortunately did not manage to go there.


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