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Besançon

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Doubs

Besançon - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Doubs
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Sheltered by its imposing fortifications Besançon protects its prestigious heritage and quality of life. Renaissance houses and mansions punctuate the 18th century discovery walks in the heart of the old city.

Feel free to push a few gates, they open very often admirable courtyards stairs to open cages, subtly adorned with ironwork and carved balusters. Shepherd, Victor Hugo ... places evoke celebrities born or who stayed in Besançon. City of art and history, world heritage by UNESCO through the genius of Vauban.

Geographical information

MunicipalityBesançon
Postcode25000
Tourism labels
Latitude47.2378290 (N 47° 14’ 16”)
Longitude6.0240539 (E 6° 1’ 27”)
AltitudeFrom 235m to 610m
Surface area65.05 km²
Population119862 inhabitants
Density1842 inhabitants/km²
Insee code25056
IntercommunalityCA du Grand Besançon
DepartmentDoubs
RegionFranche-Comté

Nearest cities & towns

Morre5.5 km (9 min)
Beure5.8 km (9 min)
Chalezeule6 km (13 min)
École-Valentin7.3 km (13 min)
Chalèze8 km (14 min)
Pirey8 km (15 min)
Thise8.2 km (13 min)
Miserey-Salines8.6 km (15 min)
La Vèze8.8 km (12 min)
Arguel8.9 km (13 min)
Pouilley-les-Vignes9.1 km (16 min)
Franois9.3 km (17 min)
Roche-lez-Beaupré9.6 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Monuments
Natural sites
Performance halls
Transport

Events and festivities

Photos

Revolution Square
Revolution Square
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Tower Ball and Minotaur
Tower Ball and Minotaur
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Door Rivotte
Door Rivotte
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Besançon - Doubs Valley - South Side, seen from the Citadel
Besançon - Doubs Valley - South Side, seen from the Citadel
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The Doubs, dam Tarragnoz seen from the citadel
The Doubs, dam Tarragnoz seen from the citadel
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Palais Granvelle and Museum of Time
Palais Granvelle and Museum of Time
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Walk on the quai Vauban
Walk on the quai Vauban
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View citadel from the docks downtown
View citadel from the docks downtown
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the Doubs, north side, as seen from the citadel
the Doubs, north side, as seen from the citadel
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Besançon and citadel, seen from Fort Bregille
Besançon and citadel, seen from Fort Bregille
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Besançon seen fort Beauregard
Besançon seen fort Beauregard
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St. Peter's Church ( © Jean Espirat )
St. Peter's Church ( © Jean Espirat )
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Église Sainte -Madeleine ( Jean © Espirat )
Église Sainte -Madeleine ( Jean © Espirat )
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Information on the church Sainte -Madeleine ( Jean © Espirat )
Information on the church Sainte -Madeleine ( Jean © Espirat )
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Information on Saint -Pierre ( Jean © Espirat ) church
Information on Saint -Pierre ( Jean © Espirat ) church
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Porch of the Cathedral St. Jean ( Jean © Espirat )
Porch of the Cathedral St. Jean ( Jean © Espirat )
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Nave of the Cathedral of St. John ( Jean © Espirat )
Nave of the Cathedral of St. John ( Jean © Espirat )
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Photo gallery of the old cloister of the Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Photo gallery of the old cloister of the Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
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St. John's Cathedral - Sculpture of a marquee - 12th century ( © JE)
St. John's Cathedral - Sculpture of a marquee - 12th century ( © JE)
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Cathedral of St John - Another sculpture from the 12th century ( © JE)
Cathedral of St John - Another sculpture from the 12th century ( © JE)
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Cathedral - Eardrum the porch of the old cloister ( © JE)
Cathedral - Eardrum the porch of the old cloister ( © JE)
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Cathedral - Painting of the Virgin with Saints ( © Jean Espirat )
Cathedral - Painting of the Virgin with Saints ( © Jean Espirat )
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Information St. John's Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Information St. John's Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
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Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
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Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
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Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
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Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
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stained glass in the cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
stained glass in the cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
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Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
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Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
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Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
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Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
Stained Glass Cathedral ( © Jean Espirat )
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Church of St. Maurice - Chair with soundboard ( © Jean Espirat )
Church of St. Maurice - Chair with soundboard ( © Jean Espirat )
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Nave of the Church of St. Maurice ( Jean © Espirat )
Nave of the Church of St. Maurice ( Jean © Espirat )
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Altarpiece of the Church of St. Maurice ( Jean © Espirat )
Altarpiece of the Church of St. Maurice ( Jean © Espirat )
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Former alder ( extent) Besançon ( © Jean Espirat )
Former alder ( extent) Besançon ( © Jean Espirat )
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High Street ( © Jean Espirat )
High Street ( © Jean Espirat )
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Hotel Boitouset ( © Jean Espirat )
Hotel Boitouset ( © Jean Espirat )
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House information Boitouset ( © Jean Espirat )
House information Boitouset ( © Jean Espirat )
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Behind the Doubs, the quai Vauban ( © Jean Espirat )
Behind the Doubs, the quai Vauban ( © Jean Espirat )
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House with turret angle ( © Jean Espirat )
House with turret angle ( © Jean Espirat )
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statue against a wall ( © Jean Espirat )
statue against a wall ( © Jean Espirat )
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Other statue against a wall ( © Jean Espirat )
Other statue against a wall ( © Jean Espirat )
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Venelle in the old town ( © Jean Espirat )
Venelle in the old town ( © Jean Espirat )
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Key old vault ( © Jean Espirat )
Key old vault ( © Jean Espirat )
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Fountain Carmelite ( © Jean Espirat )
Fountain Carmelite ( © Jean Espirat )
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Fontaine Doubs ( © Jean Espirat )
Fontaine Doubs ( © Jean Espirat )
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Information on fountain Doubs ( © Jean Espirat )
Information on fountain Doubs ( © Jean Espirat )
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Fountain Place Jean Cornet ( © Jean Espirat )
Fountain Place Jean Cornet ( © Jean Espirat )
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Fountain Place Jean Cornet ( © Jean Espirat )
Fountain Place Jean Cornet ( © Jean Espirat )
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Fontaine Saint -Quentin ( © Jean Espirat )
Fontaine Saint -Quentin ( © Jean Espirat )
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Information on fountain St. Quentin ( © Jean Espirat )
Information on fountain St. Quentin ( © Jean Espirat )
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City Hall fountain and Charles V ( © Jean Espirat )
City Hall fountain and Charles V ( © Jean Espirat )
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Information on the old yardstick of Besançon ( © JE)
Information on the old yardstick of Besançon ( © JE)
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hotel Mareschal ( © Jean Espirat )
hotel Mareschal ( © Jean Espirat )
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hotel Information Mareschal ( © Jean Espirat )
hotel Information Mareschal ( © Jean Espirat )
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Sign near the porch of the old convent of the Jacobins ( © JE)
Sign near the porch of the old convent of the Jacobins ( © JE)
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portal of the former convent of the Jacobins ( © Jean Espirat )
portal of the former convent of the Jacobins ( © Jean Espirat )
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information on the former convent of the Jacobins ( © JE)
information on the former convent of the Jacobins ( © JE)
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courtyard of the palace Granvelle ( © Jean Espirat )
courtyard of the palace Granvelle ( © Jean Espirat )
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information Granvelle palace ( © Jean Espirat )
information Granvelle palace ( © Jean Espirat )
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black Gate ( © Jean Espirat )
black Gate ( © Jean Espirat )
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Column northern door black ( © Jean Espirat )
Column northern door black ( © Jean Espirat )
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Column South of the black door ( © Jean Espirat )
Column South of the black door ( © Jean Espirat )
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Information on the black door ( © Jean Espirat )
Information on the black door ( © Jean Espirat )
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Rivotte door, inside view ( © Jean Espirat )
Rivotte door, inside view ( © Jean Espirat )
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Information Rivotte door ( © Jean Espirat )
Information Rivotte door ( © Jean Espirat )
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Lintel with curious inscription ( © Jean Espirat )
Lintel with curious inscription ( © Jean Espirat )
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birthplace of Victor Hugo ( © Jean Espirat )
birthplace of Victor Hugo ( © Jean Espirat )
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plate set very high against a wall ( © Jean Espirat )
plate set very high against a wall ( © Jean Espirat )
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Columns of the Roman theater in the square Castan ( © JE)
Columns of the Roman theater in the square Castan ( © JE)
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Map Roman theater, Castan square ( © JE)
Map Roman theater, Castan square ( © JE)
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information Castan square ( © Jean Espirat )
information Castan square ( © Jean Espirat )
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Statue with registration ( © Jean Espirat )
Statue with registration ( © Jean Espirat )
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Other statuette against a wall ( © Jean Espirat )
Other statuette against a wall ( © Jean Espirat )
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Madonna and child against a wall ( © Jean Espirat )
Madonna and child against a wall ( © Jean Espirat )
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Tower Ball - 15th century ( © Jean Espirat )
Tower Ball - 15th century ( © Jean Espirat )
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Tour Notre Dame - Fortifications Southwest ( © Jean Espirat )
Tour Notre Dame - Fortifications Southwest ( © Jean Espirat )
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Weather

Tuesday 31 march
Min. 4°C - Max. 8°C
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Wednesday 1 april
Min. 2°C - Max. 4°C
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Thursday 2 april
Min. 4°C - Max. 8°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Fly fishing course
Nature and the great outdoors130 € Champagne-sur-Loue (27 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Greenway
HikeEasy6h00Devecey (9.6 km)
Reposoir Chapel
HikeEasy1h00Clerval (40 km)
Dan Cross
HikeEasy1h45Poligny (51 km)

Restaurants

Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals

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Hotels