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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
Population120271 inhabitants
Density1848 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

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Revolution Square
Revolution Square
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Tour de Pelota and Minotaur
Tour de Pelota and Minotaur
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Door Rivotte
Door Rivotte
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Besançon - Doubs Valley - South Side as seen from the citadel
Besançon - Doubs Valley - South Side as seen from the citadel
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Doubs, dam Tarragnoz, seen from the citadel
Doubs, dam Tarragnoz, seen from the citadel
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Palais Granvelle and Time museum
Palais Granvelle and Time museum
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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, seen from the citadel
The Doubs, north side, seen from the citadel
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Besançon and citadel, seen Fort Bregille
Besançon and citadel, seen Fort Bregille
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Besançon seen Beauregard fort
Besançon seen Beauregard fort
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St. Peter's Church (© Jean Espirat)
St. Peter's Church (© Jean Espirat)
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Sainte-Madeleine Church (© Jean Espirat)
Sainte-Madeleine Church (© Jean Espirat)
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Information Sainte-Madeleine church (© Jean Espirat)
Information Sainte-Madeleine church (© Jean Espirat)
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Information about St. Peter's Church (© Jean Espirat)
Information about St. Peter's Church (© Jean Espirat)
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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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Gallery of the old cloister of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Gallery of the old cloister of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Cathedral of St John - Sculpture of a tent - twelfth century (© JE)
Cathedral of St John - Sculpture of a tent - twelfth century (© JE)
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Cathedral of St John - Other sculpture of the twelfth century (© JE)
Cathedral of St John - Other sculpture of the twelfth century (© JE)
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Cathedral - Eardrum of the porch of the old cloister (© JE)
Cathedral - Eardrum of 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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Details St. John's Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Details St. John's Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained Glass Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained Glass Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Stained glass window of the Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Stained glass window of the Cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
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Window of the cathedral (© Jean Espirat)
Window of the 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 St. Maurice Church (© Jean Espirat)
Nave of the St. Maurice Church (© Jean Espirat)
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church Altarpiece Saint-Maurice (© Jean Espirat)
church Altarpiece Saint-Maurice (© Jean Espirat)
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Old alder (extent) Besançon (© Jean Espirat)
Old 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 Doubs, the Quai Vauban (© Jean Espirat)
Behind Doubs, the Quai Vauban (© Jean Espirat)
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House with turret Corner (© Jean Espirat)
House with turret Corner (© Jean Espirat)
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Statue against a wall (© Jean Espirat)
Statue against a wall (© Jean Espirat)
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Another statue against a wall (© Jean Espirat)
Another 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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old Keystone (© Jean Espirat)
old Keystone (© Jean Espirat)
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Fontaine des Carmelites (© Jean Espirat)
Fontaine des Carmelites (© Jean Espirat)
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Doubs Fontaine (© Jean Espirat)
Doubs Fontaine (© Jean Espirat)
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Information Fountain of the Doubs (© Jean Espirat)
Information Fountain of the 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 the fountain Saint-Quentin (© Jean Espirat)
Information on the fountain Saint-Quentin (© Jean Espirat)
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Fountain City Hall and Charles V (© Jean Espirat)
Fountain City Hall 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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Register near the porch of the former Convent of the Jacobins (© JE)
Register near the porch of the former 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 on the Granvelle palace (© Jean Espirat)
Information on the Granvelle palace (© Jean Espirat)
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Black Gate (© Jean Espirat)
Black Gate (© Jean Espirat)
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Column North Door Black (© Jean Espirat)
Column North Door Black (© Jean Espirat)
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Column South of the black bears (© Jean Espirat)
Column South of the black bears (© 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 on Rivotte door (© Jean Espirat)
Information on 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 high against a wall (© Jean Espirat)
plate set 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, square Castan (© JE)
Map Roman theater, square Castan (© JE)
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Information on the Square Castan (© Jean Espirat)
Information on the Square Castan (© Jean Espirat)
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Statuette with inscription (© Jean Espirat)
Statuette with inscription (© 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 ' child against a wall (© Jean Espirat)
Madonna ' child against a wall (© Jean Espirat)
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Tour de Pelota - fifteenth century (© Jean Espirat)
Tour de Pelota - fifteenth century (© Jean Espirat)
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Tour Notre Dame - Southwest Fortifications (© Jean Espirat)
Tour Notre Dame - Southwest Fortifications (© Jean Espirat)
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Liberation Monument, in the chapel of Buis (© Jean Espirat)
Liberation Monument, in the chapel of Buis (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapelle des Buis (© Jean Espirat)
Chapelle des Buis (© Jean Espirat)
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Chapelle des Buis (© Jean Espirat)
Chapelle des Buis (© Jean Espirat)
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carved Chapiteau the chapel of Buis (© Jean Espirat)
carved Chapiteau the chapel of Buis (© Jean Espirat)
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Capital carved chapel of Buis (© Jean Espirat)
Capital carved chapel of Buis (© Jean Espirat)
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Information on the marquee of the chapel of Buis (© Jean Espirat)
Information on the marquee of the chapel of Buis (© Jean Espirat)
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Nave of the chapel Buis (© Jean Espirat)
Nave of the chapel Buis (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama from the monument of liberation (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama from the monument of liberation (© Jean Espirat)
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Panorama from the monument of liberation (© Jean Espirat)
Panorama from the monument of liberation (© Jean Espirat)
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit a farm llamas
Nature and the great outdoors9 € Mamirolle (12.1 km)
Fly fishing course
Nature and the great outdoors130 € Champagne-sur-Loue (27 km)
Introduction to art of woodturning
Arts and Crafts20 € Neuvelle-lès-la-Charité (34 km)
First flight in a balloon over the Jura
Nature and the great outdoors145 € to 875 € Dole (44 km)
Baptism initiation huskies
Sports sensations100 € Belleherbe (45 km)

Outings

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

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