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Briançon

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Briançon - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Hautes-Alpes
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Located at an altitude of 1,326 metres, at the confluence of five valleys, Briançon is the highest town in France. This City of Art of History, fortified by French military architect Vauban in the 18th century, is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site precisely because of its remarkable group of fortifications built between the 18th and 20th centuries in order to improve the town's defence system.

A tour of Briançon takes in the upper town, or Vauban citadel – the very heart of the town and overlooked by the fortified castle – and the surrounding forts, Salettes, Trois Têtes and Randouillet.

Once through the Pignerol gate, the incredibly picturesque old town offers visitors many examples of its past. There's plenty to explore for architecture fans, including the 18th-century collegiate church of Notre-Dame, 14th-century Cordeliers church, old houses lining the steep, narrow streets, the charming Place d'Armes square which is surrounded by pretty, colourful Provence-style facades, fountains and sundials.

In winter, Briançon turns into a favourite destination for ski lovers as its ski area is part of the famous Serre Chevalier ski resort.

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Briançon

Briançon is the highest city in Europe with its 1326 meters of altitude average. Since July 2008, Briançon, by " the fortifications of Vauban," is inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

Things to see and do

Visit the fortifications of Vauban.

Visit the upper town, its church and its central streets with gargoyles.

View dizzying Asfeld bridge.

Places of interest

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Transport

Events and festivities

Briançon market every Wednesday.

Many animations neighborhood by neighborhood throughout the summer.

Visit the gardens the first weekend of June.

The European Heritage Days the third weekend of September.

Photos

View of the park and the valley of Briançon
View of the park and the valley of Briançon
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Pass road Granon
Pass road Granon
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View on the ramparts of Briançon
View on the ramparts of Briançon
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Iron Knight
Iron Knight
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Fountain Persens
Fountain Persens
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Alley with gargoyle Central
Alley with gargoyle Central
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Main Street with gargoyle
Main Street with gargoyle
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Alley with gargoyle
Alley with gargoyle
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An alley in the city High
An alley in the city High
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The vertiginous bridge Asfeld
The vertiginous bridge Asfeld
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The vertiginous bridge Asfeld
The vertiginous bridge Asfeld
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Main street with gargoyle (© Jean Espirat)
Main street with gargoyle (© Jean Espirat)
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Shadow and Light (© Jean Espirat)
Shadow and Light (© Jean Espirat)
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The iron knight on the Place d'Armes (© Jean Espirat)
The iron knight on the Place d'Armes (© Jean Espirat)
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Fountain Persens (© Jean Espirat)
Fountain Persens (© Jean Espirat)
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Asfeld Bridge (© Jean Espirat)
Asfeld Bridge (© Jean Espirat)
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The dizzying Asfeld bridge (© Jean Espirat) A narrow alley (© Jean Espirat)
The dizzying Asfeld bridge (© Jean Espirat) A narrow alley (© Jean Espirat)
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Numerous hiking in the Parc National des Ecrins and the Regional Natural Park of Queyras.

Feel free to pass by the famous cols of the Tour de France Cyclist: Mountain passes of the Izoard, Galibier, Lautaret.

Features: Glacier Meije (3200 m).

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