Dijon attractions

Top Choice Museum in Dijon

Musée des Beaux-Arts

Nearing the end of a nine-year renovation, these sprawling galleries in Dijon's monumental Palais des Ducs are works of art in themselves and constitute one of France's most outstanding museums. The star attraction …
Palace in Dijon

Palais des Ducs et des États de Bourgogne

Once home to Burgundy's powerful dukes, this monumental palace with a neoclassical facade overlooks place de la Libération, old Dijon's magnificent central square dating from 1686. The palace's eastern wing houses t…
Church in Dijon

Église Notre Dame

A block north of the Palais des Ducs, this church was built between 1220 and 1240. Its extraordinary façade's three tiers are lined with leering gargoyles separated by two rows of pencil-thin columns. Atop the churc…
Street in Dijon

Rue de la Chouette

Around the north side of Église Notre Dame, this street is named after the small stone owl (chouette) carved into the exterior corner of the chapel diagonally across from No 24. Said to grant happiness and wisdom to…
Tower in Dijon

Tour Philippe le Bon

Adjacent to the ducal palace, this 46m-high, mid-15th-century tower affords fantastic views over the city. On a clear day you can see all the way to Mont Blanc. Dijon's tourist office handles reservations.
Factory in Dijon

La Fabrique de Pain d'Épices

Around the time of the French Revolution, Mulot & Petitjean founded one of several bakeries making Dijon's famous pain d'épices (gingerbread). Nine generations later, the founders' descendants have converted par…
Museum in Dijon

Musée de la Vie Bourguignonne

Housed in a 17th-century Cistercian convent, this museum explores village and town life in Burgundy in centuries past with evocative tableaux illustrating dress, customs and traditional crafts. On the 1st floor, a w…
Museum in Dijon

Musée Archéologique

Truly surprising Celtic, Gallo-Roman and Merovingian artefacts are displayed here, including a particularly fine 1st-century AD bronze of the Celtic river goddess Sequana standing on a dual-prowed boat. Upstairs, th…
Gallery in Dijon

Musée Magnin

In 1938, art collectors Jeanne and Maurice Magnin turned their historic townhouse over to the state to display, in perpetuity, the excellent collection they had amassed over a period of 55 years. Works include fine …
Historic Building in Dijon

Maison des Cariatides

Its Renaissance-style façade bursting with stone caryatids, soldiers and vines, Maison des Cariatides is one of Dijon's finest buildings. Dating to the early 17th century, it was built by the Pouffiers, a wealthy fa…