Ideas for holidays, weekends and trips in Besançon and its surroundings
There are plenty of things to see and do in this historic city which is situated in the Franche-Comte region. Explore the ancient citadel, a designated UNESCO world heritage site. It extends over 27 acres and contains three museums, looking at the traditions of Franche-Comté, a period of deportation and resistance as well as Zoology. The citadel is built along the river Doubs, so why not take a stroll along it and enjoy some of the spectacular views it offers. Visit the historic fortifications of Vaubhan or go 70m underground into the Poudrey gulf to take a tour of caves. For those who like the subterranean, the Oselle caves can also be explored. Visit the house of Victor Hugo or the St. Jean Cathedral.
Take in the stunning architecture of the Chateau de Moncley or spend some time in the Royal Saltworks of D’Arc-et-Senans. Relax in the stunning gardens of the Chateau de Vaire-Le-Grand before visiting the museum of fine art and archaeology. Besancon is considered to be the capital of watch-making, so a trip to the Time Museum to see some of the most beautiful time pieces is in order. This city will charm you, no matter how short or long your stay and the Campanile Besancon Nord - Ecole Valentin hotel is always ready to welcome you.