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Lods - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Doubs
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It is in the heart of the Doubs, in Burgundy-Franche-Comté, that nestles the commune of Lods, ranked among the most beautiful villages of France. This small village is located in the valley of the Loue, about forty kilometers from the city of Besançon. On the mountainside, it also benefits from the Petite cité comtoise label of character.

The village of Lods, as it is known today, was born at the beginning of the twelfth century. A significant number of vestiges and other architectural monuments testify to its rich and exciting history over the centuries. Cradled to the rhythm of vineyards and forges, it has retained its authentic aspect for the delight of visitors visiting this part of the Doubs.

Between the waterfalls, the vineyard houses or the museums, you will spend a pleasant moment in this small village of character.

Geographical information

MunicipalityLods
Postcode25930
Tourism label
Latitude47.0449230 (N 47° 2’ 42”)
Longitude6.2462090 (E 6° 14’ 46”)
AltitudeFrom 355m to 770m
Surface area6.25 km²
Population227 inhabitants
Density36 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureBesançon (23 mi, 40 min)
Insee code25339
IntercommunalityCC Loue-Lison
DepartmentDoubs
TerritoryFranche-Comté, Jura mountains
RegionBurgundy-Franche-Comté

Nearest cities & towns

Mouthier-Haute-Pierre1.7 mi (5 min)
Vuillafans3.2 mi (7 min)
Longeville4 mi (10 min)
Châteauvieux-les-Fossés4.5 mi (10 min)
Montgesoye4.7 mi (10 min)
Amathay-Vésigneux5.7 mi (17 min)
Aubonne5.7 mi (15 min)
Saint-Gorgon-Main6.2 mi (13 min)
Échevannes6.3 mi (14 min)
Les Premiers Sapins6.5 mi (14 min)
Vernierfontaine6.9 mi (18 min)
Évillers7 mi (17 min)
Lavans-Vuillafans7.4 mi (18 min)
Reugney8.1 mi (18 min)
Ouhans8.1 mi (16 min)

Things to see and do

A fortified castle dating from the 14th century, the castle of Lods is now listed as a Historic Monument. Former property of the lords of Thoraise, it served to control the route of the salt of the region. Modernized in the 16th century, the house has a two-storey building with three vaulted rooms, old latrines, a chapel or a French ceiling in one of the rooms. Outside, one can still admire a wall with the corbelling of a turret.

The vine and wine museum traces the history of vineyards in the valley through collections of tools and other utensils of all kinds. Set in an old winegrower's house of the eighteenth century, it allows to admire a cellar, a bakehouse, or an immense killed of tuff. In the kitchen, one can discover antique furniture, and the town has arranged an ethnological route in the village to appreciate different sites retracing the history of the vineyards and the forge.

As you walk through Lods, you can also discover the Notre-Dame-des-Forges oratory built in the 18th century by the director of the Forges of Lods, or the Saint-Théodule church of the beginning of the same century.

Do not forget to admire the arch of the old bridge, dating from the 16th century, or the vestiges of the local economy like the workshop of nineteenth-century workshops and which welcomes today Hotel of travelers.

Full of charm, the village is full of vineyard residences, and it is still possible to see some remains of the Forges of Lods, such as the old ironworks and the hardware factory of the second half of the eighteenth century.

During your walks, you will be able to see the post-house of the eighteenth century, as well as the town hall-school built in the middle of the nineteenth century according to the plans of the architect, Deveille.

If it amuses you, direction the cists, a unique set of tracks. No less than five boxes are hidden in the village, and the goal is to find them through riddles of different levels. The winner, who finds his lot in one of the boxes, must then find a new location with new mysteries.

Drawing and watercolor courses are also organized regularly in the village.

Places of interest

Monuments

Photos

Lods, seen from the bridge on the Loue (© J.E)
Lods, seen from the bridge on the Loue (© J.E)
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Fontaine, Ambroise Roy Street (© J.E)
Fontaine, Ambroise Roy Street (© J.E)
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Village Lods
Village Lods
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Lods and Loue (© J.E)
Lods and Loue (© J.E)
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Castle Lods (© J.E)
Castle Lods (© J.E)
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Castle Lods (© J.E)
Castle Lods (© J.E)
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Village Lods
Village Lods
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Sculpture, Adam and Eve on a wall (© J.E)
Sculpture, Adam and Eve on a wall (© J.E)
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Portal of the museum of the Vine and Wine (© J.E)
Portal of the museum of the Vine and Wine (© J.E)
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Old castle
Old castle
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Loue
Loue
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Teaches old mills
Teaches old mills
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Village Lods
Village Lods
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Old clock tower of Lods (© J.E)
Old clock tower of Lods (© J.E)
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church pulpit (© J.E)
church pulpit (© J.E)
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Castle Lods (© J.E)
Castle Lods (© J.E)
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Church tower seen from the street Lancrenon (© J.E)
Church tower seen from the street Lancrenon (© J.E)
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Dome decorated above the church choir (© J.E)
Dome decorated above the church choir (© J.E)
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Crest, dated 1786 (© J.E)
Crest, dated 1786 (© J.E)
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South facade of the castle of Lods (© J.E)
South facade of the castle of Lods (© J.E)
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Fontaine-washing of Lods (© J.E)
Fontaine-washing of Lods (© J.E)
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Fontaine-washing of Lods (© J.E)
Fontaine-washing of Lods (© J.E)
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painted frieze, under roofing (© J.E)
painted frieze, under roofing (© J.E)
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History of the fountain-washhouse (© J.E)
History of the fountain-washhouse (© J.E)
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Lintel dated 1613 (© J.E)
Lintel dated 1613 (© J.E)
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Lintel dated 1683 (© J.E)
Lintel dated 1683 (© J.E)
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Lods and Loue, seen from the fountain-washhouse (© J.E)
Lods and Loue, seen from the fountain-washhouse (© J.E)
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Lods and Loue (© J.E)
Lods and Loue (© J.E)
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The town hall (© J.E)
The town hall (© J.E)
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Nave of the Church (© J.E)
Nave of the Church (© J.E)
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Oratory of Our Lady of Good Help (© J.E)
Oratory of Our Lady of Good Help (© J.E)
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Small fountain in the square below the village (© J.E)
Small fountain in the square below the village (© J.E)
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Pierre dated, included in a wall (© J.E)
Pierre dated, included in a wall (© J.E)
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Church Square (© J.E)
Church Square (© J.E)
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remaining arch of the old bridge on the Loue (© J.E)
remaining arch of the old bridge on the Loue (© J.E)
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Altarpiece of the church (© J.E)
Altarpiece of the church (© J.E)
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Sculpture, in a wall recess (© J.E)
Sculpture, in a wall recess (© J.E)
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face carved on a wall (© J.E)
face carved on a wall (© J.E)
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face carved on a wall (© J.E)
face carved on a wall (© J.E)
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Weather

Thursday 20 february
Min. 1°C - Max. 7°C
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Friday 21 february
Min. 0°C - Max. 7°C
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Saturday 22 february
Min. -1°C - Max. 11°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Fly fishing course
Nature and the great outdoors80 € to 280 € Champagne-sur-Loue (20 mi)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Doubs Cyclo '- The Valley of the 2 Lakes - Pontarlier
Cycling itineraryIntermediate5h55Pontarlier (11.1 mi)
Archaeological site of St Saturnin du Bois
HikeIntermediate5h35Besançon (16.6 mi)
Greenway
HikeEasy6h00Devecey (22 mi)
Reposoir Chapel
HikeEasy1h00Pays-de-Clerval (27 mi)
Old railroad
HikeEasy2h55Marnay (28 mi)

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