Dijon Car Rental
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Dijon, a remarkably unspoilt and beautiful city, is the capital of the Cote-D’Or department, in the region of Burgundy, famous for its good wines. The city has also given its name to the mustard which is still made in Dijon, and there is even a museum devoted to it. The powerful Dukes of Burgundy built the prosperity of the city from medieval times until the French Revolution, and for several centuries Dijon was known as one of Europe’s greatest centres of learning and culture. That legacy is still evident in the number of historic buildings, fine houses and museums, while the city has also been successful in attracting industrial development on the outskirts. The city centre is largely pedestrianized, perfect for exploring on foot, and Dijon also makes an ideal base from which to plan itineraries including wine tasting at some of the great chateaux of the region, and viewing the dramatic countryside surrounding the city. You will need a car to get about, so check out the best car rental deals right here on GoCarRental.com ahead of your visit.
Things to Do in Dijon
The central district of the city has numerous fine houses, many with the distinctive glazed and brightly coloured Burgundian roof tiles, and Place François Rude has many traditional houses, as well as a fountain and an old carousel. The magnificent Gothic cathedral was built in the 14th century, and has some glorious examples of stained glass. The Palais des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne is the historic home of the Dukes of Burgundy, and now houses the City Hall and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, a must to visit during your stay in the city. The Palais stands in the Place de la Libération, a sweeping semi-circular public square designed by the architect of Versailles.
Top 3 Must See: Dijon
Palais des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne
Rue des Forges, historic centre of Dijon
Burgundy Discovery, Beaune, a tour of selected wine cellars and vineyards
Climb the 15th century Tour Philippe le Bon, which is just off the Cour d’Honneur of the Palais, and you will be rewarded with stunning views over the city and as far as Mont Blanc. No visit to the city would be complete without a trip to the Musée de la Moutarde, and further afield, a tour of cellars and vineyards of some of the great wines of the region – Nuits St Georges and Gevrey-Chambertin amongst them. The road from Santenay to Dijon is known as the “Route des grands Crus”. Three Top Attractions Palais des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne Rue des Forges, historic centre of Dijon Burgundy Discovery, Beaune, a tour of selected wine cellars and vineyards
Driving Around Dijon
The advice to visitors is to enjoy the centre of the city on foot, but you will need a car to take full advantage of your stay in one of the most beautiful regions of France. The Autoroute Verte, (A39) takes you from Dijon to the nearest airport in Geneva, through some splendid scenery, and bending south from the city on the A31 and A6 leads you to the beautiful towns of Beaune and Chalons-sur-Saone. Whether you decide to arrange car rental in Dijon itself or to collect your rental vehicle at the airport on your arrival GoCarRental.com will help you to find the best choice for you.