Tourist attractions

The Citadel of Besançon – an exceptional site

A masterpiece designed by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban and a UNESCO World Heritage site, this is an outstanding example of 17th-century military architecture, spanning across almost 12 hectares. Towering more than 100 metres, the old town of the Comtois capital is enclosed within a meander of the river Doubs and offers spectacular views from its ramparts. The Citadel now houses three museums with the “Musées de France” label. Find out more...

 

Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982, the Royal Saltworks of Arc- et-Senans was the masterpiece by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux (1736-1806), a visionary architect of the Enlightenment. It is also a rare example in the history of industrial architecture. The Royal Saltworks was commissioned for salt production by Louis XV and built between 1775 and 1779. Find out more...

 

Dino Zoo

Visiting the Dino Zoo immerses you into the depths of time. Curious visitors are sure to experience excitement and a real change of scenery as you discover those fantastic creatures that reigned over the planet for more than 160 million years: dinosaurs. Find out more...

 

Gouffre de Poudrey

Located in the town of Étalans, around 20 kilometres from Besançon (the agricultural capital of Franche-Comté and tourist hub), the Poudrey Chasm is a cave which, each year, attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the world. Find out more...