Dijon audio tour: More than just Mustard: a Dab of Dijon’s Culture and Heritage

More than just Mustard: a Dab of Dijon’s Culture and Heritage

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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0.9mi

About the Tour

When people hear the word Dijon, they automatically think of mustard, but the city has so much more to offer than that! The capital of Burgundy was also home to the Great Dukes of the West in the Middle Ages, and modern Dijon is brimming with art, history, gastronomy and beauty. On this walking tour, you’ll become acquainted with the city’s history through the architecture and anecdotes that shaped it.

Just over 200 acres of the historical city centre has UNESCO World Heritage status, with myriad churches, palaces, townhouses and monuments ranging from antiquity to the 1900s. I’ll show you these historic spaces and help you understand Dijon’s role in French history. Along the way, you’ll be introduced to local fare, regional wine, and several intriguing stories about dukes and other former residents.

Highlights on this tour include:

• Finding out why the owl became the city’s emblem
• Getting insights into the lives of the Dukes of Burgundy
• Seeing one of the most beautiful staircases in France
• Discovering a mysterious stone-carved Salamander on a church wall
• Understanding why Dijon mustard is so famous
• Taking in the hidden courtyards of ancient houses

Let’s embark on a journey that will open up a whole aspect of French culture you never knew existed. Please allow an hour to get the most out of this tour.

Tour Producer

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Kelly Kamborian

Originally from the east coast of the United States, I have been living in France for over 25 years. I hold a Master’s degree in classical art and archaeology, and have been a licensed French tour guide since 2012 (Burgundy is a wonderful place to be a guide). I love sharing my passion not only for art, archaeology, architecture and Burgundy, but for other subjects like gardens, gastronomy and nature.

Major Landmarks

  • The Palace of the Dukes

  • Church of Notre Dame and the iconic owl

  • Hotel Vogue

  • the first Hôtel Particulier in Dijon

  • Les Halles

  • and the Fallot mustard shop

Directions to Starting Point

The begins in front of the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy which houses the city hall (Mairie), the Museum of Fine Arts and is located on the rue de la Liberté, which is a pedestrian street and must be accessed on foot. There are underground parking spaces throughout the city or this location is a 12 minute walk from the Dijon train station.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Don't miss, the Museum of fine Arts, the Musée Magnin or the Archaeology museum and pop into the Fallot mustard shop to see the varieties of mustard or further afield the Maison de Mullot et Petit Jean where you will discover the Pain d'épices, another specialty of Dijon. If you want to go further outside the city to the necropolis of the dukes, take a walk to the Chartreuse de Champmol (now the grounds of a psychiatric hospital) to see one of the wonders of early 15th century Burgundian sculpture: 'The Well of Moses' by Caus Sluter.

Best time of day

From dawn to dusk, all year long. Most of the streets are in a pedestrian zone which means maximum appreciation (and safety) for the visitor.

Precautions

Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays are full market days, the center of the city might be busy, but the tour is still doable.

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More than just Mustard: a Dab of Dijon’s Culture and Heritage