How to Spend a Perfect Day in Dijon with Itinerary Map

François Rude Square

Dijon

Check Point
・Beautiful cityscape of the Duchy of Burgundy

・Specialty dishes such as mustard and boeuf bourguignon

・Museums full of volume that you won’t believe are free

【City description

The city was the capital of the Duchy of Burgundy. We can find buildings and the ambiance in this epoch like the Palace of Duc of Burgundy which is the city hall at present. The statue of the owl which is located beside the Notre Dame Church is the happiness symbol in this city. In addition, the mustard is famous and we can taste the escargot and the regional wine.

【Overall rating】

 ★★★★☆

【Time required】

 9 h 30

【Budget】

 14.50 euros

【Fatigue】

 ★★★★★



Itinerary Map

Navigation

【Start】
①Dijon-Ville Station

★Go to Maréchal Foch Avenue for 5 minutes.

②Darcy Park

③Guillaume Gate

★Go to Liberté St in the city centre.

④François Rude Square

★Go to Forges St for 5 minutes.

⑤Tourist Information Center

★Continue to walk in the street. You’ll reach at a church a few minutes later.

⑥Notre-Dame Church

★Go to Chouette St beside the church.

⑦Owl of Dijon

★Continue to walk on the street and turn right at the first crossroad. When you arrive at a park, turn left to go to Longepierre St. It takes 10 minutes by walk.

⑧Saint-Michel Church

★Go straight when you leave the church, and you’ll find a church on your left hand a few minutes later.

⑨Rude Museum

★Go to the street in front of the museum for 3 minutes.

⑩Art Museum

★Go back to the street and you find a tower at a square.

⑪Philippe le Bon Tower

⑫Libération Square

★Go to Bons Enfants St from the square.

⑬Magnin Museum

★Continue to walk on the street in front of the museum and turn right to go to Philippe Pot St. Go straight and turn right at the end. Then, go to Hernoux St. When you arrive at Cordeliers Square, go to Victor Dumay St. Turn left to go to Sainte-Anne St. It takes 15 minutes by walk.

⑭Religious Art Museum

⑮Bourgogne Life Museum

★Continue to walk on the street and turn right at the end. Go straight and turn right at the end and go up Monge St. When you arrive at a theatre, turn left to go to Danton St. It takes 10 minutes by walk.

⑯St-Bénigne Cathedral

⑰Archeology Museum

★If you return to the station, go to Mariotte St in front of the cathedral for 10 minutes. If you have more time and the energy, turn left at the crossroad.

⑱Botanical Garden

★When you leave from the garden, go straight on Faubourg Raines street. When you arrive at Chartreuse Hospital Center, enter into the garden. It takes 15 minutes by walk.

⑲Well of Moses

★Go back to the station with the same route. It takes 20 minutes by walk.

【Goal】
Dijon-Ville Station


Downtown Map

Click the square mark on the top left of the map to see a list of tourist spots. If you open the enlarge button on the top right corner on your smartphone, this model course will be displayed on Google Maps along with its location information. You can also quickly return to this map from the table of contents in the sidebar (if using a smartphone, select “Go to table of contents” from the menu at the bottom of the screen).



【Start】

①Dijon-Ville Station

Gare de Dijon-Ville

★Go to Maréchal Foch Avenue for 5 minutes.


②Darcy Park

Darcy Park

Parc Darcy

Time required: 10 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

This is a park in front of the city center. Although it is not large, the symmetrical fountain is beautiful.


③Guillaume Gate

Porte Guillaume

Time required: 5 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

This is the Arc de Triomphe at the entrance to the old town. It was originally a gate in the city wall that surrounded the town, but when the city wall disappeared, it took on this form.


★Go to Liberté St in the city centre.


④François Rude Square

François Rude Square

Place de François Rude

Time required: 5 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

It’s an old town square with fountain. There are rows of half-timbered houses, and it’s a great spot to take photos.


★Go to Forges St for 5 minutes.


⑤Tourist Information Center

Time required: 5 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Get maps and other information here. There are public toilets nearby.


★Continue to walk in the street. You’ll reach at a church a few minutes later.


⑥Notre-Dame Church

Notre-Dame Church

Église Notre Dame

Time required: 15 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 8 am – 6 pm

Close: No

It is a Gothic building from the late 13th century, and the exterior consists of three different layers of decoration. The interior is simple, made of stone, and the azuki-colored altar stands out. The stained glass in the rose window is unique in that the colors are different on the north and south sides.


★Go to Chouette St beside the church.


⑦Owl of Dijon

Owl of Dijon

La Chouette de Dijon

Time required: 5 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

There is an owl sculpture on the street north of the church. It is said that if you touch this sculpture with your left hand while touching the metal with your right hand, you will be happy, and it is quite worn.


★Continue to walk on the street and turn right at the first crossroad. When you arrive at a park, turn left to go to Longepierre St. It takes 10 minutes by walk.


⑧Saint-Michel Church

Saint-Michel Church

Église Saint-Michel

Time required: 15 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 9 am – 6 pm

Close: No

This church is characterized by its two domed bell towers. The Renaissance style is used, which is rare in France.


★Go straight when you leave the church, and you’ll find a church on your left hand a few minutes later.


⑨Rude Museum

Musée Rude

Time required: 15 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 9 h 30 am – 6 pm

Close: Tuesday, national holidays

This is an art museum where you can see many huge sculptures. Although the scale is small, it is a great sight to see.


★Go to the street in front of the museum for 3 minutes.


⑩Art Museum

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon

Time required: 90 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 9 h 30 am – 6 pm

Close: Tuesday, national holidays

This museum is part of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Burgundy. You can see a wide variety of works, including portraits of Philip the Good, who ruled this area, paintings by Monet and Renoir, and religious artwork.


★Go back to the street and you find a tower at a square.


⑪Philippe le Bon Tower

Philippe le Bon Tower

Tour Philippe le Bon

Time required: 40 min

Admission fee: 5 euros

This tower is located in the center of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Burgundy. If you apply at the tourist information center, you can climb with a tour guide (check the times at the tourist information center). The view from the top of the tower is exceptional.

⑫Libération Square

Libération Square

Place de la Libération

Time required: 5 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

This is the square in front of the palace. Restaurants and souvenir shops are lined up around the spacious plaza.


★Go to Bons Enfants St from the square.


⑬Magnin Museum

Magnin Museum

Musée Magnin

Time required: 60 min

Admission fee: 3.50 euros
(5.50 euros with the exposition)

Opening hour: 10 am – noon / 1 h 30 pm – 6 pm

Close: Monday

This museum displays the collection of Maurice Magnin, who was the prefect of Dijon, and his sister. The mansion has been turned into a museum, so you can see the gorgeous interior. Even in a small room, there are many exhibits packed together, making it a sight to behold.


★Continue to walk on the street in front of the museum and turn right to go to Philippe Pot St. Go straight and turn right at the end. Then, go to Hernoux St. When you arrive at Cordeliers Square, go to Victor Dumay St. Turn left to go to Sainte-Anne St. It takes 15 minutes by walk.


⑭Religious Art Museum

Religious Art Museum

Musée d’Art Sacré

Time required: 30 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 9 h 30 am – 12 h 30 / 2 pm – 6 pm

Close: Tuesday, national holidays

This art museum has a distinctive light blue dome roof. It was built by renovating a church, and you can see religious paintings and carvings, as well as golden ornaments in the treasury.


⑮Bourgogne Life Museum

Musée de la vie Bourguignonne

Time required: 60 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 9 h 30 am – 12 h 30 / 2 pm – 6 pm

Close: Tuesday, national holidays

This museum is located right next to ⑭, and on the first floor they use mannequins to recreate the lifestyle of the Duchy of Burgundy. When you go to the second floor, there is an area that recreates the old shopping street, where you can see the various shops.


★Continue to walk on the street and turn right at the end. Go straight and turn right at the end and go up Monge St. When you arrive at a theatre, turn left to go to Danton St. It takes 10 minutes by walk.


⑯St-Bénigne Cathedral

St-Bénigne Cathedral

Cathédral St-Bénigne

Time required: 20 min

Admission fee: 0 euro
(2 euros for the crypt)

Opening hour: 9 am – noon / 2 pm – 6 pm (until 5 h 30 pm on Saturday)

Close: No

This church has a roof decorated with patterns unique to Burgundy. If you look from the front, you can see that the towers are symmetrically built. The interior is simple and there are few stained glass windows or decorations. There are many white sculptures on display, but there is only one sculpture made of white and black stones. The highlight is the underground chapel, which has a dome-like structure with many pillars lined up to allow sunlight to enter.


⑰Archeology Museum

Musée Archéologique

Time required: 60 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

Opening hour: 9 h 30 am – 12 h 30 / 1 h 30 pm – 6 pm

Close: Tuesday, national holidays

The museum is located right next to the church, and exhibits mainly objects from the Gallic and Roman periods to the Middle Ages. Many Romanesque-era capital carvings are also on display.


★If you return to the station, go to Mariotte St in front of the cathedral for 10 minutes. If you have more time and the energy, turn left at the crossroad.


⑱Botanical Garden

Jardin Botanique de l’Arquebuse

Time required: 20 min

Admission fee: 0 euro

This is a park right next to the railroad tracks. The grounds are large, including a natural history museum and a lake, and are popular with locals. Pass through here and aim for your destination.


★When you leave from the garden, go straight on Faubourg Raines street. When you arrive at Chartreuse Hospital Center, enter into the garden. It takes 15 minutes by walk.


⑲Well of Moses

Well of Moses

Puits de Moïse

Time required: 15 min

Admission fee: 3.50 euros

Opening hour: 9 am – 5 h 30 pm
(until 6 pm between April and September)

Close: No

This is a well located in the courtyard of a hospital/research facility. Once you pay the entrance fee at the reception desk, a staff member will guide you. There are six sculptures carved at the top of the well, and you can see a rare figure of Moses with horns.


★Go back to the station with the same route. It takes 20 minutes by walk.



【Goal】

Dijon-Ville Station



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