The 10 Best Budget-friendly Things to do in Dijon, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte

August 23, 2021 Darleen Reid

As the ancient capital of the Burgundy province, Dijon is an architecturally rich city offering far more than mustard. In its restored medieval core, you'll discover one of France's oldest museums, the MusŽe des Beaux-Arts, as well as the elegant Palace of the Dukes and the opulent 1614 mansion H™tel de Vogue. Take a quiet walk through the lime- and chestnut-lined paths of Cours du Parc, a green space dating to 1671, and don't forget to pair the region's rich history with its gastronomic delights.
Restaurants in Dijon

1. Authentica Tours

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Authentica Tours

ENJOY THE AUTHENTIC BURGUNDY Authentica is a boutique Burgundy wine tour organizer located in Burgundy(Dijon & Beaune). Join local experts to share a day trip from Paris (1 h 1/2 by TGV train) or a longer break. Our tours are rated #1 on Tripadvisor. Our tours are for anyone who enjoys the French “Art de Vivre” and wine, both connoisseurs and beginners. Explore unique heritage, picturesque scenery, great cuisine and renowned vineyards with your friendly host: winemaker, sommelier or experienced professional. Daily tours and wine tasting tours are limited to 8 people. Or, to discover Burgundy in the most exclusive way, why not experience a private program? Customized transport/transfers or car with private driver on request. Treat yourself to the best. Nicolas & Emmanuel - Creators of Authentica

2. La Onzieme Heure - Escape Room Dijon

19 rue Colonel Victor Marchand, 21000, Dijon France +33 9 72 42 24 22 [email protected] http://www.la-onzieme-heure.com
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La Onzieme Heure - Escape Room Dijon

La Onzieme Heure is a new concept of escape game in a dark and magical world. Try it now with your friends or family and discover exclusives puzzle, magic rooms and specials effects.

3. Palace of the Dukes

1 Place de la Liberation, 21000, Dijon France +33 3 80 74 52 70 http://beaux-arts.dijon.fr
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Palace of the Dukes

Reviewed By yns_10 - Sydney, Australia

The power of the former Dukes of Burgundy is evident from the palace, part is now city hall and another the excellent Musée des Beaux-Arts.

4. Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon

2 Place Notre Dame, 21000, Dijon France +33 3 45 34 27 61 http://notre-dame-dijon.blogspot.com/
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Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon

Early 13th-century gothic church features gargoyles and slender columns topped by the famous 14th-century Jacquemart Clock.

Reviewed By VadimM67 - Murmansk, Russia

The church of Notre Dame in its appearance is suitable for a cathedral. It was originally built in this capacity and was the home church for the inhabitants of the ducal palace. However, Saint-Benigne became a cathedral by the will of circumstances. However, the status of an ordinary church did not prevent Notre Dame from entering the World Heritage List in 2015. And all thanks to the western facade, which has no equal in French Gothic. Even if only it remained of the cathedral, it would be included in the World Heritage List, as happened with the facade of St. Paul's Cathedral in Macau. The 29-meter-high western facade attracts the eye with a contradictory combination of pointed arches on the first level and two rows of arcature galleries evoking memories of Venice with its Renaissance palaces. However, the idea does not fly away for a long time to the banks of the Grand Canal, because in the middle of the Renaissance arches we see quite Gothic gargoyles. Gargoyles as you know, in addition to intimidating, performed a much more important role as drains for cathedrals.However, the fake gargoyles that adorn the facade today are not medieval at all, but the result of the work of 7 Parisian sculptors from 1880 to 1882 during the restoration. Where did the real ones go? They were destroyed almost immediately after the completion of the work on Notre Dame in 1240. By the way, the church was built in a record-breaking 20 years for the Middle Ages. One of the moneylenders of Dijon decided to get married in the new church. And it must happen that a gargoyle depicting just moneylender fell from the facade and killed moneylender. Superstitious horror did not allow to return gargoyles back 6 centuries! In addition to the gargoyles, there are 3 other attractions in Dijon's Notre Dame. The first attraction is located inside, the second is at the top, and the third is located below. The statue of Our Lady of Bon Hope, or the Black Virgin, is located in the church. Le Jacquemart clock is located in the bell tower. The watch, brought as a trophy from the looted Flanders Kortrijk, consists of four metal automatons. Two , Jacquemart and Jacqueline, ring a large bell with a hammer. Two other automatons, their "children" Jacquelinet and Jacquelinette, strike from a quarter of an hour to a quarter of an hour, each with a small bell. It is necessary to climb up to this structure. But the third one is publicly available. This is the symbol of Dijon - the owl, which the tourists who believe in pagan habits have already erased. After all, touching it brings good luck. The experiment has been going on for many years with thousands of teachers, and the owl is being erased little by little...

5. Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon

Palais des Etats de Bourgogne, 21000, Dijon France +33 3 80 74 52 09 [email protected] http://beaux-arts.dijon.fr/
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon

Reviewed By Vacation37115 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A very nice museum, with a very interesting collection of paintings from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Don't miss the two richly decorated tombs !

6. Museum d'Histoire Naturelle

1 avenue Albert 1er, 21000, Dijon France 80-76-82-76 http://www.musees-bourgogne.org/les_musees/musee_bourgogne_resultat.php?id=74&id_ville=11
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Museum d'Histoire Naturelle

7. Musee Magnin

4 rue des Bons Enfants, 21000, Dijon France +33 3 80 67 11 10 http://www.musee-magnin.fr/
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Musee Magnin

8. Owl's Trail

Dijon France +33 892 70 05 58 https://www.destinationdijon.com/moments-a-vivre/le-parcours-de-la-chouette/
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Owl's Trail

This 22-stage trail is designed not only to give you a taste of Dijon's charm, but also to take you back in time and show you the history of our town. Each numbered stage takes in a place of interest, and the whole trail can be covered on foot in about one hour. If you feel like finding out more about Dijon, this trail proposes 3 different loops: the Rousseau loop, the Zola loop and the Moses loop. But there's no reason to hurry! Take your time and enjoy the friendly atmosphere in the many museums, galleries, shops and cafés terraces!

Reviewed By rons320 - New York City, United States

We came o Dijon on a rainy day and instead of soaking wet wandering is streets went to Beaune and returned to Dijon in the afternoon right after the rain stopped. Although most sites were either closed or closing we still enjoyed the Owl's walk and most of the old town. It took us about 5 hours.

9. Route des Grands Crus

Dijon France
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Route des Grands Crus

Reviewed By Survivory - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

January is probably not the most exiting month to drive through the countryside of Burgundy, and there are other wine districts that are more beautiful. However, the enjoyment of passing by villages with familiar names that you associate with high quality wine is not to be underestimated. Many of the villages are very pretty in themselves and there are endless possibilities to stop for a tasting of high quality wines. Now I will appreciate my glass of cold Meursault even more.

10. Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon

4 Place Saint Benigne, 21000, Dijon France +33 3 80 30 39 33 http://dijoon.free.fr/pagespeciale.htm
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Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon

Considered a masterpiece of Romanesque art, this abbey church was built in 1007 and features a crypt containing sculptures dating from the eleventh century.

Reviewed By yns_10 - Sydney, Australia

This lovely church has a beautiful mosaic tiled roof, which looked different depending on the sun and time of day. My favourite church in the city.

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