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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Besançon
Insee code25056
AltitudeFrom 235 to 610 meters
Surface65.05 km²
Population119862 inhabitants
Density1842 inhabitants/km²


National labelsMorre at 3.4 km
DepartmentDoubsBeure at 3.5 km
RegionFranche-ComtéSearch another town


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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.


  • The Citadel, a major site of the city, enclosing a Museum of Natural History, an insectary, the folklore museum Comte and that of the resistance and deportation.
  • The Old Town, Stone Forest Chailluz, including water reveals the contrast of yellow and blue (rain or shine, you can enjoy as many Besançon!)
  • The palace and its museum Granvelle Time.
  • Le Quai Vauban, during a walk along the banks of the Doubs.
  • Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology: The oldest French public collection, the museum (established 1694) contains archaeological collections Egyptian, Greek and Gallo-Roman collections plus the Fine Arts, Middle Ages today and a fund of 5000 drawings ...
  • Boat trip: in the unique setting of the loop formed by the river, this is a walk of discovery Besançon boat, with passage through the locks and crossing the impressive underground channel of 375 m deep under the Mountain Citadel.
  • Duration: approximately 1:15 - Departure: Bridge of the Republic.
  • Hours at +33 6 64 48 66 80.
Detailed information
TransportTrain station of Besancon-Mouillere,   Train station of Besancon-Viotte
Information pointsTourist Office of Besançon
Leisure centresCasino of the Parc,   Museum Beaux-Arts et Archéologie,   Museum Comtois,   Museum of La Résistance et la Déportation,   Museum of Natural History of Besançon,   Museum of the Temps,   Skating Rink Lafayette
MonumentsAbbey Saint-Paul,   Arena of Besançon,   Barn Huguenet,   Basilica Saint-Ferjeux,   Birthplace of Victor Hugo,   Bishop’s Palace of Besançon,   Caserne Ruty,   Cathedral Saint-Jean,   Cathedral Saint-Étienne,   Chapel Saint-Paul,   Chapel of the Carmes-Déchaussés,   Church Saint-Pierre,   Church Sainte-Madeleine,   Church of the Carmes,   Church of the Dames de Battant,   Citadel of Besançon,   Collège Victor-Hugo,   Convent of the Cordeliers,   Fort Griffon,   Fort of Beauregard,   Fort of Bregille,   Fort of Chaudanne,   Fort of Planoise,   Fort of Rosemont,   Fort of the Justices,   Fort of the Montboucons,   Fountain of the Clarisses,   Fountain of the Dames,   Fountain of the Doubs,   House Brigonnet,   House Espagnole,   Law Court of Besançon,   Observatory of Besançon,   Palace Granvelle,   Private Mansion Alvizet,   Private Mansion Boistouset,   Private Mansion Bonvalot,   Private Mansion Buson d'Auxon,   Private Mansion Chevanney,   Private Mansion Fleury de Villayer,   Private Mansion Gauthiot d'Ancier,   Private Mansion Gavinet,   Private Mansion Isabey,   Private Mansion Lavernette,   Private Mansion Mareschal,   Private Mansion Michotey,   Private Mansion Petit de Marivat,   Private Mansion Querret,   Private Mansion Saint-Paul,   Private Mansion Saint-Pierre,   Private Mansion Terrier,   Private Mansion Terrier de Santans,   Private Mansion of Anvers,   Private Mansion of Buyer,   Private Mansion of Camus,   Private Mansion of Champagney,   Private Mansion of Clermont,   Private Mansion of Clévans,   Private Mansion of Courbouzon,   Private Mansion of Courbouzon-Villefrançon,   Private Mansion of Grosbois,   Private Mansion of Ligniville,   Private Mansion of Magnoncourt,   Private Mansion of Maîche,   Private Mansion of Mesmay,   Private Mansion of Montmartin,   Private Mansion of Rosières,   Private Mansion of Sorans,   Private Mansion of Valay,   Private Mansion of the Bouteiller,   Synagogue of Besançon,   Town Hall of Besançon,   Villa Lorraine
Performance hallsCentre Dramatique National de Franche-Comté,   Exhibition Park Micropolis,   Kursaal,   La Rodia,   Micropolis,   Musical Theatre of Besançon,   Stadium Léo-Lagrange,   Theatre Bacchus,   Theatre of L'Espace
Natural sitesForest of Chailluz,   Mount of the Buis


  • Frequently Grandfather: May-June Nearly 450 exhibitors gathered at the Parc des Expositions, in a warm and festive wishes.
  • Festival of Early Music of Montfaucon - Besançon: in June At various places Montfaucon Besançon, and other localities of Greater Besançon. Prominent musicians, singers, actors, musicologists, art historians and various personalities from the world of music throughout Europe for five days, providing the public with a quality event. Enchanting places, the curious and lovers of art and music can appreciate their desire to choose within a range of concerts for all ages. They can also enjoy concerts in the "Festival Off" by young talented musicians. Various guided tours, lectures, moments of exchange with the musicians, meals and other entertainment will also punctuate this great moment of conviviality musical not to be missed!
  • Festival International du Film d'Archéologie: in June Thirty films are in competition and the public is invited to attend the free screening. Various prizes are awarded on this occasion: the Grand Prix Festival, awarded by the Official Jury, the Prize of the City of Besançon, awarded by the jury "public" Special Award "Archeologia, Andree Faton", awarded by the Jury Official reward for the film which best value in an archaeological dig, the award for best regional film award from the official jury, the award for best short film; Award "for young audiences," presented by students of secondary schools supervised by their ATTENDING. The official jury, composed of individuals recognized for their skills, may also be distinguished from other works noted for their quality in a particular field.
  • Instants Gourmands: in September. A walk Granvelle, free admission.
  • Hiking greedy: in September. Hiking a gourmet taste without moderation! Pleasures of the table, exploring the heritage and physical exertion throughout a circuit of about 15 km, or three hours of walk breaks off restoration. After coffee and croissants in the morning in the palace courtyard Granvelle, walkers, according to their departure times (from 9:15 to 11:15), begin their journey on foot, cultural and gastronomic stages.


  • In the Upper Doubs, visit the Doubs river and the Saut du Doubs, first natural site in Franche-Comte, on boats promenade.
  • Saline Royale d'Arc-et-Senans: Monument World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans is the masterpiece of Claude-Nicolas Ledoux, visionary architect of the Enlightenment.
  • Open Air Museum Houses Comtoises: Costumes from different sectors of Franche-Comte period or carried over and a fine collection of authentic hats and lace varied.
  • Poudrey Chasm: A true geological phenomenon, this gulf is the largest that is built in France. You will attend a show "Music and Lights" grand showcasing the spectacular stalagmites and stalactites and gigantic rock formations.
Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Karting at a complex with a restaurantSports sensations10.40 €Besançon
Fly fishing courseNature and the outdoors130 €Champagne-sur-Loue (27 km)

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Revolution SquareRevolution Square
Palais Granvelle and the Museum of TimePalais Granvelle and the Museum of Time
Walk on the Quai VaubanWalk on the Quai Vauban
View the citadel from the docks downtownView the citadel from the docks downtown
Tower Ball and MinotaurTower Ball and Minotaur
Besançon - Doubs Valley - South Side, viewed from the CitadelBesançon - Doubs Valley - South Side, viewed from the Citadel
The Doubs, Tarragnoz dam, seen from the CitadelThe Doubs, Tarragnoz dam, seen from the Citadel
The Doubs, north side, seen from the CitadelThe Doubs, north side, seen from the Citadel
Door RivotteDoor Rivotte
Besançon and the citadel, seen from Fort BregilleBesançon and the citadel, seen from Fort Bregille
Besançon seen from Fort BeauregardBesançon seen from Fort Beauregard



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Friday 19 September
Min. 15°C - Max. 23°C
Saturday 20 September
Min. 17°C - Max. 24°C
Sunday 21 September
Min. 14°C - Max. 23°C


French cuisine restaurantCafé Leffe Besançon  
THE TASTE OF TRADITION - In the historic heart of Besançon, the Pasteur Place, Café Leffe has it all: two vaulted the most beautiful effect, a setting that is both rustic and contemporary...
Located in Besançon19 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe caquelon (fondues, friture, grillade)  
In a cottage decor,  the Caquelon since 1985 offers a wide selection of fondue (cheese area) - fondue meat (burgundy), braserade and hot stones. A small restaurant, friendly atmosphere...
Located in BesançonFrom 15 € to 25 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantAu Bouchon Rivotte   SPECIAL OFFER
QUALITY AND TRADITION - Located at the foot of the citadel of Besançon, Vauban fortress, the restaurant has truly Au Bouchon Rivotte storefront. Bistro card, wine bar and tapas grill,...
Located in Besançon25 € per person 

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House with 2 bedroomsLa Ferme à l'Armure    
La Ferme à L'armure is nestled in a charming village of Doubs, Pouilley Vines, located 4 km from Besançon. This former farmhouse is restored from a dozen years by a loving couple of...
Located 7 km from Besançon100 € the double room 
House with 2 bedroomsRosabonheur  
In the countryside near Besancon in a house in the nineteenth century, three major. Rooms that have the elegance of the past and the comfort of today. In summer, garden, terraces and...
Located 14.5 km from Besançon90 € the double room 
House with 4 bedroomsLe jardin de Gustave  
Charming located along the Loue and has a pretty garden, peaceful break in the country of Gustave Courbet.
Located 18 km from BesançonFrom 75 € to 98 € the double room 

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Apartment for 7 personsLe bord de Loue  
The apartment is oriented east west. East side entrance facing the street. Upstairs toilet Washing machine and then dining room and kitchen with dishwasher, stove and microwave fridge...
Located 11.9 km from BesançonFrom 270 € to 370 € per week 
House for 5 personsGite Annie et Pierre bonnemaille  
Charming cottage accessible to persons with disabilities and reduced variable in the countryside on the edge of the wood - Quiet place - Museum houses Franche-Comté 3 km - Sights varied...
Located 14.8 km from BesançonFrom 230 € to 360 € per week 
Farm for 20 personsGite Ecologique de la Ferme Bio de They  
Cottage renovated with eco-housing, labeled Self-France-Ecogîte ferme. Equipé and welcome to a salt water swimming pool, heated indoor jaccouzi on the terrace. Games room: table football,...
Located 17.8 km from BesançonFrom 1140 € to 1640 € per week 

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Zénitude Hôtel & Résidence Les Hauts Du Chazal - Hotel in BesançonZénitude Hôtel & Résidence Les Hauts Du Chazal     
This residence is located next to the big shopping center Chateaufarineau, only 15 minutes away from the city centre. The Zénitude Hôtel & Résidence Les Hauts Du Chazal benefits from...
Located in BesançonRoom from 40 €
Adagio Access Besançon La City - Hotel in BesançonAdagio Access Besançon La City     
This Adagio Access is located in Besançon and offers studios and apartments with free wired internet access. It is next to the Doubs River and 2 km from the town’s train station. Accommodation...
Located in BesançonRoom from 47 €
Hôtel All Suites Besançon - Hotel in BesançonHôtel All Suites Besançon     
Set in the Franche-Comté department, this brand new hotel is next to Besancon’s industrial park, Temis. It has a sauna, a fitness room and free Wi-Fi in the entire hotel. The Hotel...
Located in BesançonRoom from 39 €

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Zénitude Hôtel & Résidence Les Hauts Du Chazal
This residence is located next to the big shopping center Chateaufarineau, only 15 minutes away from the city centre. The Zénitude Hôtel & Résidence Les...
Hôtel All Suites Besançon
Set in the Franche-Comté department, this brand new hotel is next to Besancon’s industrial park, Temis. It has a sauna, a...
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