Expatriates moving to Dijon may be familiar with this eastern French city's name from the contents of their food cupboard. The ancient city has far more to its name than mustard, though. 'La capitale de ducs de Bourgogne' – or the capital of the Dukes and States of Burgundy – as expats in Dijon may hear it called, is an immediately beguiling tourist city rich with history, architecture, culture and, of course, great food. Expatriates living in Dijon will need no help in finding places to explore, as it is one of the best preserved medieval cities in France, although the Catholic Cathedral to Saint Benignus and the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy are particularly impressive. The wider Burgundy region is no less worthy of attention; considered one of the world's finest wine growing regions and dotted with picturesque villages and farms, sweeping vineyards and, of course, the rich red wines that lend their name to the color.
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Although the city is reasonably modest in size, at around 150,000, it is situated in the heart of Western Europe and consequently very well-connected. Expatriates moving to Dijon can fly into the Dijon Bourgogne Airport from Germany or Switzerland, or take a connection flight through a larger French airport. The city is also well located on an international road network, and predictably the train service is also extremely good. Expats moving to Dijon via Paris may enjoy the TGV journey, which gives you the chance to simultaneously enjoy some of the beautiful French countryside and the impressively luxurious high speed trains there. There is plenty of general information for expatriates in Dijon in InterNations’ Expat Magazine on topics ranging from expat finance and insurance to cross-cultural communication, as well as some engaging content written by InterNations members on the ups and downs of international travel and expatriation.
The city is a stunning location to be based in, which is both a blessing and a source of irritation for locals and expats working in Dijon. The summer months bring a surge of visitors to the region, making the city center a busy place to try to get around. You can't blame them for coming, though, and with beautifully warm to hot summers and a vast choice of cafés, restaurants and things to see and do, expatriates in Dijon may find themselves joining the tourist hoards who come to marvel at this historic and cultural gem of a city. It is also possible to find plenty of other global minds and expatriates in Dijon. Many of our members use the InterNations discussion groups, forums and private communications to get in touch with other expats and it isn't uncommon for meet-ups, networking and international communities to start in this way.