Franche-Comté places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Franche-Comté region. See also our Franche-Comté guide.

Franche-Comte sightseeing and tourist information

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Arbois (Jura)

After exploring the old town centre in Arbois you can visit the scenic Cirque de Fer à Cheval nearby [...]

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Baume-les-Messieurs (Jura)

The attractive village of Baume-les-Messieurs is surrounded by cliffs and steep wooded slopes and dominated by its [...]

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Belfort (Territoire-de-Belfort)

The town of Belfort and its citadel are pleasant to exlore when you are in the southern Vosges region [...]

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Besancon (Doubs)

The citadel, cathedral and some impressive 16th century townhouses are among the highlights to discover in Besancon [...]

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Chateau de Cleron (Doubs)

The gardens of the Chateau de Cleron can be seen next to the Loue River in the village of Cleron in Doubs [...]

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Chateau de Joux (Doubs)

The Chateau de Joux is an imposing clifftop castle with a 1000 year history close to Pontarlier [...]

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Chateau-Chalon (Jura)

One of the key reasons to visit the pretty village of Chateau-Chalon is its hilltop position with lovely views acro [...]

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Dole (Jura)

The Collegiale Church that dominates the town skyline is the principal attraction in Dole, and a stroll along the r [...]

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Lods (Doubs)

Lods is quite small but very pleasant to explore, in particular the village along the waterfalls on the Loue river [...]

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Lons-le-Saunier (Jura)

Lons-le-Saunier is a traditional local town of the Franche-Comté region, well placed to explore the Jura [...]

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Loue River Valley (Doubs)

The valley of the Loue River, well known for its association with painter Gustave Courbet, passes through lots of a [...]

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Luxeuil-les-Bains (Haute-Saone)

In Luxeuil-les-Bains, established as a spa town since Roman times, you can also see Saint Peter's basilica and some [...]

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Montbeliard (Doubs)

It is the castle in Montbeliard, on a raised rocky platform, that dominates the town centre [...]

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Mouthier-Haute-Pierre (Doubs)

The small village of Mouthier-Haute-Pierre is well placed to explore the source of the Loue river and several other [...]

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Ornans (Doubs)

The highlight of your visit to Ornans is the section along the Loue river, crossed by old stone bridges and with lo [...]

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Pesmes (Haute-Saone)

The quaint village of Pesmes is one of the prettiest in Franche-Comté and also has several individual places of in [...]

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Pontarlier (Doubs)

Pontarlier is usually visited as part of a trip to enjoy the local scenery and outddor activities, and has several [...]

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Ronchamp chapel (Haute-Saone)

The Ronchamp Chapel is the best known work by architect Le Corbusier to be seen in France [...]

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Saint-Hippolyte (Doubs)

Saint-Hippolyte is in a beautiful position on the confluence of the Doubs and Dessoubre rivers [...]

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Salins-les-Bains (Jura)

The salt mines at Salins-les-Bains operated from the 13th - 20th century and are now an important local attraction [...]

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Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (Doubs)

The Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans is an entire factory and living spaces that were once the centre of the import [...]

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Vesoul (Haute-Saone)

Although lacking major monuments, Vesoul is a pleasant town to visit with some attractive buildings and a nice park [...]

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For more information about the region see the detailed Franche-Comté travel guide


Classified tourist sites to visit in Franche-Comte

Listed below are some of the main places and destinations in Franche-Comte that have received 'official' tourist classifications.

Heritage Sites

Besancon citadelle (Vauban fortifications): Tourist guide

Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans: Tourist guide

Classified 'most beautiful villages'

Baume-les-Messieurs: Tourist guide

Chateau-Chalon: Tourist guide

Lods: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Astronomical clock of Besancon: Tourist guide

towns classified as Recommended Detours

Pontarlier: Tourist guide

Salins-les-Bains: Tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs


Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardin à la Faulx

Jardin des jeux du château d'Arlay

Parc de l'Etang

Roseraie du Chatelet

Protected historical town centre

Besancon: Tourist guide

Dole: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Gouffre de Poudrey

Lac de Lamoura

Saut du Doubs

Towns of Art and History

Arbois: Tourist guide

Besancon: Tourist guide

Dole: Tourist guide

Salins-les-Bains: Tourist guide

4* Towns in Bloom






Zoo or wildlife park

Citadelle de Besançon