Information about Burgundy

Map of Burgundy in France

Location of Burgundy

Map of the major towns and cites in Burgundy

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Regional capital : Dijon

Departments / Counties of Bourgogne

Number Department Capital
71 Saône et Loire Macon
58 Nièvre Nevers
21 Cote d'Or Dijon
89 Yonne Auxerre
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A region rich in history, culture and geography. Until the late 18th century Burgundy was not part of France, but a Dukedom with the powerful and long reigning Burgundy Dukes. They were allies to the English kings against the French kings. When the dukes where at the summit of their power, the Burgundy frontiers stretched across eastern France and into Flanders. The Cistercian influence is also very significant, with many abbeys and monasteries such as Cluny, Fontenay and Citeaux.

Wine is one of the pillars and pride of Burgundy, with some of the most famous wines in the world coming from the concentrated vineyards. The Romans introduced grapes and the production was mastered by the local monks. Now the main vineyards stretch from Dijon along a narrow southeast facing slope for a few hundred kilometres.

Farming is dominated by cereal crops in the Saone plain and Nivernais plateau, whilst in the hill areas there is much cattle farming with the traditional white Charolais.

The diverse geography, with the Morvan park with cold granite to the limestone Saone valley. There is much woodland and forest, in the Cote d'Or, Oak whilst in the Morvan there is Red Pine.

The important rivers such as the Saone and Yonne allowing access to the Rhone and Seine have provided the region with a major network of navigable waterways such as the Burgundy Canal.

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Cruises, tours, trips, visits

Self drive canal holidays :

Discover the canals and inland waterways on a canal barge rental holiday. Expert advice and a large choice of boats and cruise routes.

Gites, Bed and breakfast, Chambres hotes

Magnolia hotel barge : A very original bespoke hotel barge. Full comfort for 6 people. Located in the beautiful Auxois region of the Cote d'Or in Burgundy, the barge offers full or half board for week long cruises.
Dijon Apartment Rentals : A selection of high standing furnished apartment rentals for short-term stays in the historic city centre of Dijon.

Historical monuments, castles, museums

Vezelay basilique : The relics of Mary Magdelaine found in this wonderful Cistercian Basilique (listed with UNESCO as a world heritage).

Landmarks

The Burgundy Canal : The Burgundy Canal is a historic canal, traversing the region from the north to the south through the capital city of Dijon. It is a perfect destination for a relaxing cruise holiday on a hotel barge of self-drive canal boat, a cycling adventure or exploring the countryside.

Maps

Interactive map : Showing the departments and Burgundy region of France

Real estate, property

Guy & Bernard Immobilier : Based in the cities of Chalon sur Sa?ne and Dijon, property rentals, transactions and management of quality real estate.

Universities, colleges, schools

Université de Bourgogne : Situated in Dijon, the university is divided into various campus such as Law, Medicine and Languages.