Famed for its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, Burgundy is a historic wine-growing region south-east of Paris. It was home to the Dukes of Burgundy from the 11th to 15th centuries when its capital, Dijon, flourished as a centre for the arts and sciences. Burgundy’s scenic countryside is dotted with grand châteaux, Romanesque abbeys and ancient ruins.
Things to do in Bourgogne
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a history buff, Burgundy is sure to keep you busy.
Sightsee in Dijon. Famed for its mustard, Dijon served as the capital of the Duchy of Burgundy during the 14th and 15th centuries. Admire the monumental Ducal Palace and visit the Musee des Beaux-Arts, which is home to everything from Old Masters paintings to antiquities. Occupying the cloister of a 17th-century monastery is the Musee de la Vie Bourguignonne, which details rural life in Burgundy in times gone by.
Explore the archaeological ruins of Bibracte. Also known as Mont Beuvray, this centuries-old site was one of the most important hillforts in Gaul. It served as the capital of the Aedui, a Gallic tribe that came to power during the Iron Age. Abandoned after the Roman conquest, the site was rediscovered in the 18th century and is now an active archaeological dig. At the Museum of Celtic Civilisation, you can learn about the excavation and see some of the objects uncovered here.
Tour the Château de Cormatin. Surrounded by wide moats, this 17th-century château is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens on the banks of the River Grosne. Join a guided tour to explore its opulently decorated rooms, with highlights including the Cabinet of Sainte-Cecilia and the Hall of Mirrors. In the Renaissance-style grounds, you’ll find a kitchen garden, a plant maze and picturesque ponds.
Getting around Bourgogne
Burgundy is around two hours’ drive from Paris and Charles de Gaulle Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Trains connect to major towns and cities throughout the region while buses serve smaller destinations. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting around Burgundy.