Besançon, capital of Franche-Comté is a welcoming city that has many surprises for those who are curious to explore. It is accessible by TGV whose line has just expanded thanks to the Rhine Rhone network and has an excellent public transport network.
Regional metropolis, it offers all the modern amenities of a big city but it has retained the typical character of its city center, protected within a meander of the Doubs which crosses it.
Old city and Gallo-Roman, its location has always been considered strategic, at the crossroads of many cultures. The city has inherited a rich heritage with Roman remains and especially a set of fortifications from its military past dominated by a citadel Vauban, among one of the most remarkable, ranked in 2008 on the World Heritage List of the UNESCO.
Many monuments palaces and mansions are to be discovered on the occasion of walks. The tourist office offers organized tours that allow to fully appreciate an architecture beautifully marked by the Renaissance times and even by a period of Spanish occupation whose city has surprising traces. Great architects have left beautiful footprints in Besançon by Claude Nicolas Ledoux to Auguste Perret.
Besançon is also a city adorned with parks and gardens and surrounded by unspoiled nature. It is often distinguished as the first green city in France. Its location at the foot of the Haut Doubs plateau and at the gates of the Jura opens departure points to innumerable tourist riches: Royal Saltworks of Arc and Senans, Ornans Valley homeland of the painter Courbet (which houses its recently renovated museum), Gorges and Doubs jump, as well as beautiful lakes, waterfalls and majestic caves.
Sportsmen and epicureans will not tire of these scenery conducive to weekends of discovery and relaxation where the taste buds will not be left of the happiness of the gastronomic specialties of the region without forgetting the amazing wine of Jura.
The team of the Hotel de Paris in Besançon will be happy to provide you with the best advice to make the most of your stay in Besançon.