There are three tourist offices in the city:
- At the train station (on the right when getting out of the station).
- Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:30-18:30, Sundays and public holidays: 14:00-18:00
- Beyond the "Palais des Ducs de Bourgogne" (11 rue des Forges):
- Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:30-18:30, Sundays and public holidays: 10:00-18:00
- There is another one at the well of Moses.
They have free maps of the downtown area, including a map and guide for the self-guided walking tour of Dijon. The walking tour uses a small brass pavement marker with an owl design to note the path along the sidewalks of Dijon. Larger numbered owl markers correspond to different stops on the tour, and the guide pamphlet will have descriptions of the art, history and architecture of that stop.
RESTAURANTS AND GASTRONOMY
Dijon and Burgundy are landmarks in French Gastronomy. Besides four Michelin-starred restaurants in Dijon and the immediate area, a large variety of restaurants at all prices and offering all types of cuisines are available. To make your choice, visit the official website of the Tourist Office.
Typical local-specialties are of course the world-famous Dijon Mustard that appeared in the 14th century, at the time of the Dukes of Burgundy. Nowadays, the denomination guarantees its manufacturing process that consists mainly in crushing mustard seeds, wild mustard seeds, and mixing it in verjuice, a mixture of vinegar, water and salt.
Other typical dishes are "oeufs en sauce meurette" (poached eggs in a red or white wine sauce with white onions and lardon), "jambon persillé" (parsley ham with garlic), "escargots de Bourgogne" (snails in a butter, parsley, and garlic sauce), "coq au vin" (rooster in red wine sauce), "boeuf bourguignon" (the beef version of coq au vin), rib steak and tenderloin from the famous Charolais beef (a local race), a variety of soft cheeses ranging from mild creamy (Brillat Savarin) to rather strong tastes (Epoisses), and gingerbread for the sweet lovers.
Both red and white wines are the other treasure of Burgundy, most of them being produced on the Côte d'Or vineyards extending over a total of 9,445 hectares. The most prestigious appellations are located on the eastern-side of the coast stretching south from Dijon to Beaune and Macon. For 2,000 years, men have cultivated vines, guided by a desire to link ever more precisely the wine with the place where it is produced, identifying it by its origin rather than by the grape variety (red wines are exclusively made from Pinot Noir, white wines from either Chardonnay or Aligoté). This has given rise to an exceptional mosaic of over 1,000 well-identified land parcels called "Climats", making Burgundy the very model of terroir-based viticulture. Since July 2015, the "Climats de Bourgogne", vineyards of Burgundy, belong to the World Heritage list by UNESCO.
The most convenient way to travel around the city is by tramways or buses serviced by Divia. Tramways operate every 5 to 7 minutes, from 7:00 to 19:00, with 2 lines (and every quarter hour up to midnight). From Dijon train station to the conference venue, take line T1 in front of the Dijon Ville Station (direction Quetigny) and exit at the Université stop. For more information on Public Transport in Dijon and its surrounding area, visit www.divia.fr.
Tickets can be bought at automatic machines at each station (by credit card or cash) and can be used on buses also. Do not throw away your ticket, this is a magnetic card that can be reloaded (a 0.30 € fee is charged when purchased)! The same card can be used for several peoples travelling together.
- PASS 1H 1.30 € (single ticket, 1 h validity, connections allowed)
- PASS 10+1 13.00 € (11 tickets of 1 h validity each)
- PASS 24H 3.90 € (1 day ticket)
- PASS 48H 6.85 € (2 day ticket)
- PASS 72H 8.80 € (3 day ticket)
- PASS 7 Jours 12.00 € (7 day ticket)
The city offers the Divia City, a free, frequent shuttle bus for visitors that connects many of the downtown destinations in a loop, along with several parking areas.
To order a taxi in Dijon, call +33 3 80 41 41 12 or see www.taxis-dijon.fr
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