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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Vesoul
Insee code70550
AltitudeFrom 213 to 375 meters
Surface9.07 km²
Population16815 inhabitants
Density1853 inhabitants/km²


National labelNavenne at 1.3 km
DepartmentHaute-SaôneNoidans-lès-Vesoul at 1.9 km
RegionFranche-ComtéSearch another town


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  • Located at the crossroads of RN 19 and RN 57 on the SNCF Paris-Basel line Vesoul is an ideal place to discover the Haute-Saône.
  • Like all cities that have a long history, has an old center Vesoul: houses and mansions from the 15th to the 18th century, Saint-Georges, Georges-Garret Museum (Fine Arts and Archeology). Take time to wander the streets, in shops, daydreaming on the terraces of cafes, stroll the English Garden where thousands of flowers welcome you: you will discover a Vesoul you do not suspect that will amaze you and seduce you.
  • History:
  • From the Middle Ages, the Butte de la Motte is crowned by a castle of great strategic importance. This is on the low hills that will hang the first houses which give rise to the village, while the vine covers well-exposed slopes. At the site of the castle destroyed in 1595, was erected in the 18th century, a huge cross covered with metal plates that shone in the sun and had to protect the vineyard (wine la Motte was very appreciated by the Dukes of Burgundy). Revolution wished to replace an obelisk in honor of freedom. It was never realized. To thank the Virgin for having protected the city from the cholera epidemic of 1854, the Vésuliens built the present chapel in 1857 blessed the sun.
  • The Middle Ages: Shortly after the construction of the castle, the "castrum vesulium" City Vesoul moved gradually to the foot of the hill de la Motte, free from frequent flooding of the plain. From the 13th century, is surrounded by ramparts Vesoul. The city is still known for its fairs and commercial, wine and judicial activity.
  • Renaissance: After the destruction of the city in the late 15th century, Vesoul knows the following century a period of prosperity. Administrative center, craft, commercial and legal, it also becomes one of the most important wine-growing towns in the region. The city rebuilt around the church Saint-Georges, and beautiful houses are built on a still medieval model, that of the rectangular house flanked by a turret stairs. They are decorated with fine decorations borrowed from Gothic vocabulary. Cables, braces, carved shields that make the charm of this architecture.
  • The Enlightenment: the eighteenth, Haute-Saône experiencing a period of strong economic and demographic development. Villages rebuild their churches and public buildings. Vesoul at that time, saw the largest expansion in its history. The quadruple population and the city takes on a new face. Rich bourgeois modernize the old family houses or build new houses, the elegant symmetrical facades. To allow the city to breathe, the streets widen, fountains are built and squares were laid. Two main buildings of the city were built: St. George, richly decorated with sculptures and wood rubble, and the Palace of Justice (1765-1771) church. With more than 40 lawyers, Vesoul is then a very important judicial center. The city is also expanding outside the ancient walls and the suburbs are emerging.
  • The 19th century The 19th century saw Vesoul enter the industrial era. After the almost total destruction of the vineyards by phylloxera, activities evolve. By mid-century, the railways put the city at the center of an extensive network of railway town, national and local interest. Industries settled around the city center. The suburbs are growing, surrounding a historic center that will always be preserved. Vesoul then a quiet administrative and commercial city, home to the 11th Regiment of Chasseurs. She claims its tranquility and quality of life. From 1900, beautiful houses are built close to the city center, adopting the styles in vogue at the time: Modern Styl, Art Nouveau, Art Deco (Caisse d'Epargne streets Gérôme and Doctor-Doillon).
  • The vésulienne architecture: Limestone is the main material used for construction vésuliennes. A beige and blue limestone cohabits with a ferruginous limestone, the redder shades. These stones are used to create sober houses, solid, yet elegant. Having been destroyed several times before the 16th century, has always preferred Vesoul fastness fantasy. Evidenced by this Latin motto on a porch "during Moderata", "what is moderate hard". The wood is also very present in buildings, mostly in backyards. From the 17th century mullioned windows give way to large windows, offering more interior light. These houses are protected by roofs often very steep, sometimes decorated with glazed tiles.
  • La Motte: It marks a big way vésulien the landscape. Formerly part of the limestone plateau east of the city, Butte de la Motte (380 m) separated during geological upheavals (Quaternary) that allowed the water to seep through the cracks was, to breach that engulfed the Durgeon. Over the millennia, the patient work of whitewater insulation Hill Motte, butte exemplary witness of the ancient terrain overlooking the open landscape by the valley of Durgeon. Several streams bask in the plain, in a complex network of meandering, ready to flood the country in case of heavy and prolonged rains. Any time, Vésuliens tried to control water. Some street names (tanners, ilottes) remind us that patient struggle.


  • In the heart of old Vesoul, the Saint-Georges:
  • Built on the site of an old chapel which dates back to the 11th century, the Church of St. George is a very interesting example of religious architecture of early 18th century in Haute-Saone. On the model of the church hall in vogue at that time, the interior vaults are all located at the same height.
  • If outside the church struck by its originality, the interior is remarkable for its decoration of the apse, decorated with beautiful woodwork rock meets the 3 336 pipes of the great organ, one of the most powerful of the region.
  • Over the chapels, eras meet and reveal: medieval piety, Entombment Renaissance, Baroque Glory and Saint Sebastian Gustave Courtois. Color schemes on the stone and wood, lighting from the windows, games resonances between organs?
  • The interior of the church Saint-Georges was completely renovated in 2008.
  • Place du Palais de Justice:
  • This is where the hall was situated market Vesoul. Destroyed in the late 18th century to create a place, it was replaced by the current courthouse. The construction of the latter was the starting point for the creation of an architectural ensemble consisting of the Palais de Justice, Pétremand hotel, located on his right, and Saliva Hotel St. Paul-Petitclerc.
  • Clean and symmetrical shapes, elegant facades are the main characteristics of this remarkable collection. The obelisk fountain, built in 2003, fits perfectly into this place.
  • La Motte:
  • Downtown - Signs along the walk.
  • La Motte hill overlooking the plain of Durgeon (378 m). From the late 10th century castle stands on the narrow platform. Tremblecourt troops razed in the 1595 and disembowel the walls. Later, a large wooden cross covered with metal sheets that gleamed in the sun is drawn at the top to protect the vineyards from lightning. A chapel, Notre-Dame de la Motte, was erected in 1857 in gratitude to the Virgin for having saved the city from cholera in 1854. Destroyed by fire, it was rebuilt in 1967.
  • Nice view of the plain Vesoul, the Vosges, Jura and even the Alps.
  • Table of bronze orientation conducted by the painter-sculptor Francis Perrier (1979).
  • The thunder and the English garden:
  • Downtown.
  • The site is built in new rides in 1792 and a public garden. Currently, the garden designed in the English offer the eyes of passers beautiful flower beds and a set of games for children.
  • Museum-George Garrett:
  • Founded in 1882 and installed inside the old center since 1981, the City Vesoul museum exhibits collections of art and archeology in a large building dating from 1680 (Ursuline convent), which has retained its original architecture but whose interiors have been redesigned for the comfort of guests and the presentation of works.
  • At the first level, the archaeological remains found locally suggest occupation of territory through the centuries. Among the objects on display - finds old or recent excavations - we note especially the flint tools and prehistoric fauna, the headstones Gallo-Roman villa and Chassey les Montbozon, weapons, pottery and jewelry from the Merovingian cemeteries.
  • At the second level, about 600 m² are dedicated to collections Fine Arts whose strong point is the art of the second half of the 19th century. Paintings, sculptures, drawings and objects gathered around three main themes: the academic artist Jean-Léon Gérôme (Vesoul, 1824 - Paris, 1904), Orientalist painter, a painter of history and also a sculptor, his pupils, painters High School Saônoise (Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret, Gustave Courtois, Jules-Alexis Muenier, R.-X. Prinet?), authors of scenes with naturalistic framework for their homeland, the former fund and various elements of heritage Local meeting in a great and beautiful hall of the museum (gallery Xaintonge).
  • Open daily except Tuesdays, from 14h to 18h. Free admission.
  • Public holidays: January 1st, Easter Monday, May 1, July 14, November 1, November 25 and December 25.
  • Groups welcome by appointment (special hours).
  • Games and route discovery to the attention of families and children.
  • Address: 1 rue des Ursulines.
  • Tel. : +33 3 84 76 51 54 - Email: sabine.gangi2 @
  • The museum of all-terrain motorbike:
  • Private Collection.
  • Open every day except Sunday and Monday.
  • In Europe, the only museum dedicated to the motorcycle off-road over 80 machines are set over 3 rooms and trace the history of trials, motocross and enduro since the 50s until the 80s. We can also see bikes very original, such as machinery or Speedway Rally Raid.
  • One room is specially devoted to the mark JMC (Joel Corroy motorcycles), trial bikes French invented, developed and built by Joel Wrought Vesoul between 1983 and 1986.
  • All Motorcycle Museum has been carefully restored and are in accordance with their specific origin.
  • Address: Trail 70 - Parc d'activités Espace de la Motte to Vesoul.
  • Tel. +33 3 84 75 83 34.
Detailed information
TransportTrain station of Vesoul
Leisure centresLeisure Centre of Vaivre,   Museum Georges Garret
MonumentsChurch Saint-Georges,   Convent of the Ursulines,   House Ébaudy de Rochetaillé,   Private Mansion Baressols,   Private Mansion Lyautey de Genevreuille,   Private Mansion Thomassin,   Private Mansion of Magnoncourt
Performance hallsSalle Alain Parisot,   Stadium René Hologne


  • Weekly Market: Thursday and Saturday mornings.
  • Flea: 3rd Sunday each month.
  • International Theater Festival of Asia in February.
  • The strides of the Mound (running): early April.
  • Moto-cross in May
  • Market holiday (market): Late June
  • Triathlon (Lake) in August.
  • Fireworks at the lake: the July 14 and August 15.
  • Week bowls: in August.
  • Fair-exhibition: every 2 years, mid-September.
  • Heritage Days: 3rd weekend in September.
  • Exhibition of amateur painters: in October.
  • Running to Vesoul: October.
  • Festival-Jacques Brel: October.
  • Sainte-Catherine November 25.
  • Christmas Lights.


  • Discovery of the surrounding villages:
  • Andelarre (to Gray - D474): Church in the 17th and 18th centuries whose steeple Comté is remarkable. Inside, a statue of the Madonna and child drowned (XV) and a crucifix in the eighteenth. Village dominated by a height (428 m) with a good view from the plateau of Langres Lomont (Jura Mountains) and in clear weather as far as Mont Blanc.
  • ANDELARROT (to Gray - D474): Beautiful neo-gothic chapel which houses a magnificent statue of the Virgin and Child in polychrome wood seventeenth. Fountains and old house decorated. Dry Lawn (350 m), ranked Natura 2000. Circuit hike of Bishops. More than 20 species of orchids visible. Small area picnic arranged within the village.
  • CALMOUTIER (towards Belfort - RN19): Since the chapel (XIX), nice view over the village and the river Columbine (old bridge on a donkey). The church (for the visit, contact the house Buhler right and cons of low-church) was the collegiate chapter of CALMOUTIER disappeared in 1657. Interesting furniture (carved wooden pulpit, eleven statues painted wooden figures of the apostles of the XV, Louis XVI style tabernacle). Laundry arcaded nineteenth. To visit the church: Tel. : +33 3 84 78 74 23.
  • Char (direction Fresnes St. Mamès - D13): Former village of winemakers. The plateau overlooking the valley Durgeon was occupied in prehistoric times. Houses 15th and eighteenth. The church (1783) contains, inter alia, a pious virgin bourguignone sixteenth, an interesting 17th rosary and a very beautiful painting "Virgin and Child" by Jean-Leon Gerome.
  • Colombier (direction Luxeuil - RN57) important church rebuilt in 1853 (Gothic style). Castles of 17th and 19th (behind the church beautiful park). In the village, beautiful fountain fluted column and several houses of the fifteenth, seventeenth and 16th.
  • Comberjon (direction Luxeuil - RN57): Some very old houses built against the cliff. Cross adorned with a Pieta.
  • COULEVON (Northeastern Vesoul): From the esplanade of the Virgin, beautiful panorama of the Motte and the hoof of Frotey. The church contains a beautiful altar and several works of JL Gérôme and his students. Born Vesoul, it was an academic painter of renown. He lived for a time in the small castle, below. To visit the church: Tel. : +33 3 84 75 07 76.
  • Échenoz la Meline (Southwestern Vesoul): The church (open) has a facade of the Jesuit type XVIII-XIX. Fine carved wooden altarpieces nineteenth. Right, Virgin wooden polychrome 16th found in the cave Solborde. Located in a remote, the village is crossed by Meline whose abundant waters have to operate 11 mills. Fontaine-washing of the 20th century. Picturesque passages trajes.
  • Frotey les Vesoul (Southeast Vesoul): Church rebuilt in the 18th: 14th transept arch ribs consist of two ancient chapels and an ancestral shrine of the twelfth. Calvary of the 15th back on base in the 18th and nineteenth. The castle, large and simple building of the eighteenth, was pre-decorated body and triangular pediments in the 19th by the popular novelist Xavier Montépin. Large park with beautiful wrought iron gate (admission free). To visit the church: Tel. : +33 3 84 75 82 87.
  • Montcey (direction Luxeuil - RN57): Church rebuilt in the 18th century to its current location (the first was founded by the Templars). At the end of the village towards Dampvalley, beautiful avenue of lime trees leading to the chapel (1875), the base of the altar is composed of stalactites and stalagmites of the cave Équevillons.
  • Montigny-les-Vesoul (direction Fresne-Saint-Mamès - D13): In 1286, married Heloise de Joinville Jean de Montigny Faucogney founded to "Abbey of noble ladies" mutilated over the centuries.
  • Mont-le-Vernois (direction Fresnes-Saint-Mames, after Chari - D13): Trout fishing on the "Turkeys" and "Baignette. Castle Mount Pleasant and pretty private chapel "Chapelle Saint-Antoine. Beautiful views and tourist route marked on the timber Jagnière near the farm of Madness.
  • Navenne (Southern Vesoul): church steeple with the Imperial (glazed tiles). Set windows. Houses near the 17th. Navenne was a village of winemakers, growers (there are still a few). Beautiful string of farms from the top of Main Street. To visit the church: Tel. : +33 3 84 76 09 74.
  • Noidans les Vesoul (West Vesoul): 18th Church: the interior is centered on a huge octagonal cupola with a beautiful architectural daring. The choir is decorated with wood paneling, Louis XVI style. To visit the church: Tel. : +33 3 84 76 20 23.
  • Pusey (Northwestern Vesoul): Village known for its horse farms, he kept a few farms and houses of wealthy farmers. In the middle of the village, a beautiful gate giving access to two buildings built in 1748. The church was rebuilt in 1688 retains vestiges of the 11th century. Altar of porphyry originally intended to Trianon at Versailles, Louis XVI style. To visit the church: Tel. : +33 3 84 76 48 25.
  • Pusy-Épenoux (North Vesoul): Church rebuilt in 1846, with choir sixteenth. Altarpiece polychrome woodwork Louis 16th style (included in the road of recovery). Well with his pump nineteenth. Laundry and source. To visit the church: Tel. : +33 3 84 75 02 73.
  • Quincey (Eastern Vesoul): The church (XVIII) is home to the Stabat Mater (1926) Dagnan Bouveret painter, pupil of JL Gérôme. He lived in the old feudal castle, street chalk. Several farms imposing, beautiful fountain in the eighteenth. To visit the church: Tel. : +33 3 84 75 32 16.
  • Vaivre-and-Montoille (West Vesoul): City hall: beautiful and spacious house with the 17th Calvary in 1633. The church was rebuilt in the 18th kept the choir's 13th manor and chapel of the sixteenth. Grand Baroque altarpiece from the 17th, in a chapel, two altarpieces 18th and 19th centuries. Beautiful statues in gilded wood tabernacle decorated with ornate mirrors. To visit the church: Tel. : +33 3 84 96 95 95.
  • Villeparois (North Vesoul - D118): A small chapel built in the 18th on the location of another much older. It contains: a bell of 1684 from the Franciscan monastery of Chari. Inside, three wooden statues of the fifteenth, 16th and 18th centuries. Laundry and small bridge eighteenth. To visit the chapel Tel. : +33 3 84 76 46 74.
  • Châteaux and stately homes:
  • Castle Pusy (towards Saint-Loup - D10): The Castle of Jean-Xavier Bureaux de Pusy (member and rapporteur of the division of France into departments) in the 18th century. It has been beautifully restored to its fleet with the French. Visit of the outdoors.
  • Castle Épenoux (towards Saint-Loup - D10): Castle (private) Counts Épenoux (XIX) surrounded by a romantic park of 5 acres with a weeping beech 300 years.
  • Activities
  • The Green Road (Route Villersexel - D9): 21 km of pedestrian walkway, skaters and cyclists on the old road to rail. Pleasant journey that ends at Fontenois les Montbozon.
  • The water park "Ludolac" to Vaivre-and-Montoille: Covering an area of 3 hectares of recreational area for the whole family slide (10m high, 50m long), 50 m pool, small bath with rapid river, water cannon, leisure pool with bubbles, massage jets, paddling pool for children, picnic area, fast food, refreshments. Open from June to September Avenue Lake. Tel. : +33 3 84 97 50 50.
  • The Natural Reserve of Sabot Frotey les Vesoul (Eastern Vesoul, RN19, towards Belfast and then left, Airfield): Nature Reserve (vegetation rich and varied fauna typical of the limestone plateau). Overlooking the cliff, opposite the Motte, on the edge of the limestone hill, wind, rain and frost have sculpted the rock shaped hoof. Beautiful view. Marked walk on the plateau. Aerodrome circuit motocross.
  • Cave Solborde to Échenoz la Meline: The wide grassy path bordered on the left by a set of limestone,? Rocks the 12 apostles. "To the cave where the birth took Meline, pleasant walk ( 30 minutes round trip). Parking in the hamlet of Cottet. Chapel and petrifying waterfall below. In 1663, discovery of a pristine 16th hidden during invasions. Solborde became an important place of pilgrimage.
  • The Plateau Cita Navenne and Échenoz la Meline: Walk 7.5 km (2h30), markup yellow ring, start the car "4 trees" to Navenne. Former prehistoric site. The site Cita said "spur crossed" the edge of the plateau overlooking the valley Durgeon is completely blocked by a "Murge protective dry stone which closed the camp. The men were staying, seems he, in huts of mud or dry stone located either at the edge of the cliff, or against the fortifications.
  • The Fresh-Well - the make Champdamoy (fossil site) to Quincey: Difficult to access, "well costs" is a funnel which extends into a basement drain and miles of underground tunnels. In times of rain, it functions as an "overflow" water follows the "dry valley" and joined the make Champdamoy (below the treatment plant waters). By Columbine, water can invade the slums of Vesoul. Teeth of mammoths, reindeer from the last Ice Age have been discovered in the underground network drowned (one of the largest in Europe).
  • Arboretum:
  • Navenne A: A marked trail leads the walker to various varieties of trees (MSDS). Departure: place called "the 4 trees.
  • A Noidans les Vesoul: In a pleasant glade, along the mountain bike trail No. 17. Access: Take the Gray direction, and at the junction Besançon Gray, 1st left. Make 600m on this road.
  • A Pusy: The Nature Discovery pleasant and well equipped (Bougnon Road), with water area and picnic.
  • Events and Festivals:
  • Honey Festival in Échenoz la Meline late August.
  • Horse Racing COULEVON in August.


Place du Palais de Justice in VesoulPlace du Palais de Justice in Vesoul
Georges-Garret Museum VesoulGeorges-Garret Museum Vesoul
La Motte VesoulLa Motte Vesoul
Lake Vesoul-VaivreLake Vesoul-Vaivre
Cariage House in the old town of VesoulCariage House in the old town of Vesoul
A shopping street in VesoulA shopping street in Vesoul
Lake Vesoul-VaivreLake Vesoul-Vaivre
Lake Vesoul VaivreLake Vesoul Vaivre
The Saint-Georges church VesoulThe Saint-Georges church Vesoul
Panorama from the Hoof Frotey (© JE)Panorama from the Hoof Frotey (© JE)


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