One of the finest creations from Louis XIV’s engineer Vauban. Perched on an impressive spur of the first Jura plateau and Unesco World Heritage listed since 2008, it hides three National Museums behind its ramparts, all offering fascinating visits: Musée Comtois, a regional history museum, Musée de la Résistance et de la Déportation, on the theme of France during the occupation, and the natural history Museum.
Welcome to France’s most attractive town! A two thousand year old story and history and always with real pleasure! Besançon, the nature and culture destination par excellence.
Besançon, the town with an extraordinary environment and generous nature assets, where in a few minutes you can reach wide open green spaces inside the town itself. A breath of fresh, green air for people who live in or are discovering the town, allowing them to flourish, providing a backdrop for the big events, shows, concerts, festivals, and exhibitions that enliven Besançon cultural life.
Admire the old town centre from the fortifications, wander through streets that have preserved their ancient charm, discover street art, go off on a cycling tangent or enjoy the nightlife, Besançon is brimming with unsuspected riches.
Our 1,000 km of signposted pathways dotted with lookout platforms that provide breathtaking views in a privileged natural setting, our rivers, streams, and lakes, our in-town strolls, our green landscapes are a delight for ramblers, hikers, and mountain bikers out to conquer the hidden treasures of our region.
Fine arts and archaeology museum—a forerunner in prestigious collections, renovated and inaugurated by President Emmanuel Macron as recently as November, 2018. It is one of the jewels in Besançon’s cultural crown. France’s oldest public collection has 1,000 restored works on view along with several prestigious collections, all shown off to great effect by the surprising architecture.
This house that witnessed the birth of the great literary figure on 26th February, 1802 celebrates the commitments and combats of an author who was very often in the forefront of thinking during his epoch. An exhibition venue accessible to all, instructive and attractive, Maison Victor Hugo is designed to be a living space of reflection and exchange.
At the heart of Palais Granvelle, this museum looks back at the great moments in Besançon clockmaking, reciting a dialogue between the history of time measurement and that of the town, all with a display of Fine Art collections. The concept of Besançon as a “clockmaking capital” integrates with the museum through the town’s heritage collections.