Discover Burgundy

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A priceless  heritage

Burgundy is a very diverse and prosperous region producing world famous wines, earthy but excellent cuisine and magnificent architecture. Take the time to discover the region’s many facets and rich heritage. Leaf through the finest pages of France’s history: Alesia, Vauban, Rameau, Cîteaux, Lamartine, Solutré, Colette. These are just a few  of the famous names that have left their mark on France. Under the Dukes of Valois, Burgundy was France’s most powerful rival, with territory extending well beyond its present boundaries. By the  16th century, however, the Duchy was ruled by governors appointed by the French king, but it still managed to keep its privileges and traditions.

Burgundy invites you to take an exceptional journey in time, following in the footsteps of Vercingetorix, the Golden Fleece and the great Dukes of the West. Now as in the past, this region is wealthy, a centre of medieval religious faith which produced Romanesque masterpieces  at Vézelay, Fontenay and Cluny. Dijon is a magnificent city, filled with the great palaces of the old Burgundy nobility and a collection of great paintings and sculptures in the Beaux-Arts museum.

The vineyards of the Côte d’Or, the Côtes de Beaune and Chablis will yield some of the world’s most famous wines. Other richly varied landscapes – from the wild forest of the Morvan to the lush farmland of the Brionnais – produce snails, Bresse chicken and Charolais beef. Food for thought…

 

Not to be missed :

        ●  Dijon : capital of Burgundy, Fine-Art museum, many churches and old city.

         ●  Beaune: wine capital of Burgundy, seat of the famous Hospices.

         ●  UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the “Eternal Hill” of Vézelay, Fontenay Cistercian abbey, La Charité-sur-Loire and the Pilgrim’s way to Compostela.

         ●  Some 1200 km of navigable waterways and 600 km of cycle routes and “Voies Vertes” footpaths.

         ●  The burgundy Wine Route

 

  • Cruising the Burgundy waterways.

1200 km of rivers and canals for those in search of different thrills: Canal de Bourgogne, canal du Centre, canal du Nivernais. This great wealth of navigable waterways results from Burgundy’s geographical situation on the watershed of the Loire, the Rhône and the Seine rivers.. To be able to pass from one to another,  men have built canals, sometimes featuring impressive flights of locks. It should be noted that tow paths are often turned into cycle lanes allowing amateurs to potter along from lock to lock. .

  • Unusual: Dijon mustard

With its powerful taste and bright yellow colour, Dijon mustard brings the best out of meats, whether hot or cold. It can also be served with berries such as blackcurrant to give extra zest to game or aromatic herbs.

  • A city of choice: Dijon

« The city with a hundred bell towers » as it is often called, boasts a rich religious heritage supported by the large number of towers, spires, steeples and belfries scattered throughout Dijon. The Sainte-Bénigne cathedral overlooks the whole area from the top of its 93 m. For a good view walk up the Jean-le-Bon tower affording a fine panorama of the Dijon skyline.

You really should visit the old city on foot, taking time to admire its half-timbered houses. The Palsi des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne is a must. It houses the City Hall and the Fine Art museum.

  • A city of choice: Beaune

Situated in the heart of prestigious vineyards, like Pommard, Corton-Charlemagne, La Romanée-Conti whose names make wine lovers' eyes sparkle, Beaune is also a city of art with the master element of the town's heritage: the Hôtel-Dieu (Hospices de Beaune) and its multicoloured roofs. Tasting, Heritage, Discovery, Gastronomy and Leisure activities: the numerous charms of Beaune will attract you.

A route through paradise : the Burgundy wine route. It would be sad to visit Burgundy without exploring its fabulous vineyards. A magical route has been drawn featuring 5 different itineraries, including that of the Grands Crus. On the very doorstep of Dijon you’ll get acquainted with the Côte de Nuits and its wonderful vintages like Chambertin, Clos de Vougeot, Romanée-Conti. Cheers !

Web : www.bourgogne-tourisme.com

Web : www.dijon-tourism.com

Web : http://www.beaune-tourism.com

 

Access

SNCF
railway stations (TGV) : Dijon, Beaune, Châlons-sur-Saône, Le Creusot, Montceau-les-Mines and Mâcon.
Airports : Dijon-Bourgogne

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