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Besancon Office de tourisme
2 place de la 1ere Armee Francaise Besancon

Tel:+33 (0)3 81 80 92 55
Fax:+33 (0)3 81 80 58 30

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Besancon is the capital of the Franche-Comte region and acts as a great base for walking in the northern stretches of the Jura mountains

It was the Gallo-Romans who first put Besancon on the map recognising its strategic position as a gateway to Italy, the Alps and the Rhine.  In the 18th century Besancon became known for its fine clock-making.  However, today's industry seems to be centred largely around precision engineering.

The town has many gems including its vast parks, wide boulevards and the Battant Quarter which was originally settled by wine-makers.  You'll see some beautiful architecture here including 17th century facades fronted by wrought-iron balconies.  The Citadel was built by the great military architect Vauban and offers superb views of the river Doubs.

What to See - Besancon Attractions

Vallee de la Loue
Syratu Sports Club, 2 route de Montgesoye, Ornans 25290
a popular destination for cycling, canoeing & kayaking
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)3 81 57 10 82

Saline Royal
30km SW of Arc-et-Senans
semicircular salt works nominated a Unesco World Heritage Site
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Sep-Jun | Tel: +33 (0)3 81 54 45 45

Les Vedettes Bisontines
Pont de la Republique, Besancon 25000
boat trips around the Boucle du Doubs
| Admission charge | Opening Times: May-Sep | Tel: +33 (0)3 81 68 13 25

Musee Comtoise
La Citadelle, rue des Fusilles de la Resistance, Besancon 25000
an insight into local Besancon culture & traditions
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily except Tue in winter | Tel: +33 (0)3 81 87 83 16

Musee des Beaux Arts et d'Archeologie
1 pl de la Revolution, Besancon 25000
you'll find works by Matisse, Picasso, Rubens, Bellini, Goya & Ingres here
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)3 81 87 80 49

Horloge Astronomique
rue de la Convention, Besancon 25000
an astronomical clock housed in the belltower of Cathedrale St-Jean
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep: Wed-Mon; Thu-Mon (winter)

Musee du Temps
Palais Granvelle, 96 Grande Rue, Besancon 25000
display the history of Besancon's clock-making
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)3 81 87 81 50