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Owl's Trail picture in Burgundy
Owl's Trail picture in Burgundy
Les Halles picture in Burgundy
Owl's Trail picture in Burgundy

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Dijon's Owl's Trail – or "Le Parcours de la Chouette" – is a great way to get an overview of Dijon's history, especially from the 11th to 14th centuries, when the Dukes of Burgundy infused the province with art and architecture. Visitors can download a smartphone app from Dijon's tourism site or pick up a booklet from the tourism office and take a self-guided tour of 22 sites that define the city, including the Palais des Ducs et des États de Bourgogne, the Musée des Beaux-Arts and Les Halles, among others. Although you can visit all 22 sites (and see the accompanying owl placards, hence the trail's name) within the space of an hour, you'll likely want to spend more time at the attractions that most interest you. 

Most past visitors highly recommended this tour, which in addition to giving you an abbreviated history of the city also helps you orient yourself. Others said that the bars, restaurants and patisserie that you'll pass along the way are a great way to eat authentically French. 

You can download the Owl's Trail app for 2.99 euros (less than $4), or you can head to the Dijon tourism office, located near the Musée des Beaux-Arts at 11 Rue des Forges, for a hard copy for 3.50 euros (about $4.50). The app is available in a variety of languages, including English. For more information, visit the Owl's Trail page on Dijon Metropole Tourist Office's website.

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