This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Dijon. To help you make friends with Dijon before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Dijon is the historical and commercial capital of Burgundy. It is home to many historical buildings from the time of Guillaume the Conqueror who ruled a region more than 5 times the size of present-day Burgundy. Some of these historical places have been converted into museums which are interesting to visit.
When you stay in a Dijon hostel we recommend immersing oneself in the center of the city and taking a walk on the cobbled streets, browsing the souvenir shops and sampling the specialty foods (mustards, ‘pain d’epice’ (a kind of gingerbread), Dijon ham, berry liquors and more). This can be a nice and cheap way of spending a day in Dijon.
The famous burgundy wineries are only a small train hop away (it is not recommended to drink and drive), as is the city of Beaune. Dijon has also an artificial lake with well-maintained trails used by the locals for walking and running. In early September, Dijon hosts a festival called: ‘Les Fetes de la Vigne’, during which many dancing groups come from all over the world to perform.
There are limited choices for hostels in Dijon (as seems to be the case in most of French cities). Dijon hostels tend to be situated in the suburbs of the city, or near the University. You can reach the main attractions from your Dijon hostel by public transportation. Although if you have your own means of transportation, you can visit the countryside and, in the autumn, enjoy the celebrated golden colours of the leaves.