Burgundy is located south-east of Paris, in central-eastern France. Burgundy is one of the most visited regions in France. Visitors come to taste the famous wines and historic architecture and the unspoiled countryside with picturesque villages. The region is crossed by canals and rivers, including the Saône-et-Loire, but the varied and rich countryside includes hills, valleys, farmland, and dense forests. To rent a car is of much benefit if you are interested in visiting different regions of this city.
Means of transport
Trains connect Burgundy with the rest of France and beyond. If you travel to Burgundy, the most convenient airports north of the region are Paris airports and, to the south, Lyon St Exupéry airport.
Dijon is the cultural, administrative and commercial capital of the region and gives its name to the mustard whose recipe is “patented”. Dijon has an exquisite architecture with many buildings constructed using light yellow local stone. The historic center of Dijon, with its cobblestone streets, has been described as an open-air museum. A stroll through the city offers spectacular views of a well-preserved architecture. The Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy and the Cathedral of Saint-Benigne are noteworthy.
Being one of the leading wine producers in France, the countryside is covered by vineyards that mainly produce pinot noir and chardonnay. During the exploration of Burgundy, you will find places with names such as Chablis, Côte-de-Nuits and Pouilly-sur-Loire, all famous brands of wine produced in these regions of Burgundy. The departments of Côte-d’Or, Côte-de-Nuits, and Côtes-de-Beaune are best known for their vineyards planted in the 12th century.
Burgundy is an ideal place for guided tours, especially vineyards; wine tastings (in Chablis or in Beaune); experience French cuisine in a cooking class or take a bike ride along the canals. Outdoor enthusiasts will find opportunities to explore forests, hike and participate in water activities on the numerous lakes. Nevers in the department of Nièvre is located in a hilly area and is home to the Haut Folin, the highest peak in the Morvan hills. Part of the Morvan Regional National Park is located in this department of Burgundy and you can hike and even climb.
In contrast, the Saone valley in Burgundy is a flat expanse of land. You can take water and browse the Burgundy Canal, the Saône or the Yonne. Among the buildings not to be missed are the Hospices de Beaune; the Cistercian abbey of Fontenay to UNESCO; the Romanesque cathedral of Autun; the church of Saint-Philibert in Tournus, of the eleventh century; the Vezelay Abbey, a UNESCO heritage site, on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela; the perched village of Montreal and the historic buildings of Nevers.
The traditional cuisine of Burgundy includes wine rooster, gingerbread, aniseed desserts, Burgundy Epoisses cheese, and Citeaux Abbey cheese. Enjoy the traditional Dijon food market and eat at Michelin-starred restaurants in the city or buy local products to go to Dijon’s specialty stores. You need to rent a car for your to explore fully this city.