Dijon, the capital of the great region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in the eastern central part of France, is the ultimate cultural destination. As an officially recognized “Ville d’art et d’histoire”, this “city of art and history” boasts a vast protected area covering 97 hectares.
That area is now on the UNESCO World Heritage list with the Climates of Burgundy’s vineyard. Dijon offers visitors an entirely vehicle-free town center. The half-timbered houses, the Romanesque and Gothic churches, and the 17th-and 18th-century private mansions majestically highlight the Medieval streets of the former capital of the Dukes of Burgundy.
As a food and wine capital, Dijon is famous for its culinary specialties, which include mustard, snails, crème de cassis, chocolate, and gingerbread. Located in the heart of the town, the “Cité Internationale de la gastronomie et du Vin” (international food and wine center) offers an exhibition area of 1700 m² devoted to French gastronomy and wines from the world over.