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Besancon

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Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Room Escape Games
Proclaimed the first "green city" of France and labeled a "Town of Art and History," Besancon has plentiful mountain and river activities for you to enjoy. This capital of the Doubs department and the principal city of the Franche-Comté region has an ancient history going back to 1500 BCE, when the Bronze Age tribes of Gauls settled within the oxbow of the Doubs River on the edge of the Jura Mountains. You can rent a canoe or a motor boat, charter a larger vessel, or hop on a relaxing tourist train to climb mountains without strain. Then you can rent some climbing gear and scale the Jura mountain peaks. You can rent a mountain bike or a street bike at Velocity Besançon--over 30 stations are scattered throughout the town that allow you to tour the city and visit many museums without the hassle of navigating a car through narrow streets. Planning France trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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La Citadelle de Besancon ©
Landmark
La Citadelle de Besancon
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
Musee du Temps et Palais Granvelle ©
Specialty Museum
Musee du Temps et Palais Granvelle
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Quartier Battant
Neighborhood
Quartier Battant
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Horloge Astronomique De la Cathedrale ©
Landmark
Horloge Astronomique De la Cathedrale
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Besancon

Massages & bien-etre
Spa
Massages & bien-etre
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation ©
History Museum
Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Porte Noire ©
Landmark
Porte Noire
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
E-BAR ©
Brewery
E-BAR
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Besancon

Old Town ©
Landmark
Old Town Colmar
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Little Venice ©
Neighborhood
Little Venice Colmar
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
Cite de l'Automobile ©
Specialty Museum
Cite de l'Automobile Mulhouse
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
Owl's Trail ©
Trail
Owl's Trail Dijon
4.7
Duration: 1 hour

Historic Sites in Besancon

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Cathedrale Saint-Jean de Besancon
Church
Cathedrale Saint-Jean de Besancon
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Temple et galerie du Saint-Esprit ©
Religious Site
Temple et galerie du Saint-Esprit
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Basilique Saint-Ferjeux ©
Religious Site
Basilique Saint-Ferjeux
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Eglise Sainte-Madeleine de Besancon ©
Church
Eglise Sainte-Madeleine de Besancon
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Besancon

Musee Comtois ©
Specialty Museum
Musee Comtois
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Musee des Beaux-Arts et d'Archeologie de Besancon ©
Specialty Museum
Musee des Beaux-Arts et d'Archeologie de Besancon
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Ateliers Zone Art ©
Art Gallery
Ateliers Zone Art
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Maison natale de Victor Hugo ©
Specialty Museum
Maison natale de Victor Hugo
3.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Besancon

Parc Micaud ©
Playground
Parc Micaud
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
La Grange Huguenet ©
Park
La Grange Huguenet
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Promenade Granvelle ©
Garden
Promenade Granvelle
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

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