Burgundy is a historical region in east-central France. It’s famous for its Burgundy wines as well as pinot noirs and Chardonnay, Chablis and Beaujolais. The area is crisscrossed by a network of canals and studded with grand châteaux, some now luxury hotels. The capital, Dijon, of mustard fame, is home to the imposing Palace of the Dukes, where the distinguished Musée des Beaux-Arts was established in 1787.
Surrounded by the renowned Côte d’Or vineyards, the walled city of Beaune is the region’s wine center, also known for its medieval Hôtel-Dieu (Hospices de Beaune) hospital with its multicolored, geometric-patterned tile roof, typical of the region. Notable religious monuments include the Romanesque abbeys of Fontenay and Vézelay. The town of Autun has Roman ruins including an amphitheater and city gates. Some regional dishes – bœuf bourguignon, coq au vin, escargot – are virtually synonymous with French cuisine. Burgundy is also popular for camping, offering a wide variety of sites.