Franche-Comte places to visit and attractions

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

Arbois (Jura)

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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)

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The attractive village of Baume-les-Messieurs is surrounded by cliffs and steep wooded slopes and dominated by its 13th century abbey

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Belfort (Territoire-de-Belfort)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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

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Chateau-Chalon (Jura)

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One of the key reasons to visit the pretty village of Chateau-Chalon is its hilltop position with lovely views across the vineyards in the valley below

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Dole (Jura)

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The Collegiale Church that dominates the town skyline is the principal attraction in Dole, and a stroll along the river banks

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Lods (Doubs)

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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)

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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)

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The valley of the Loue River, well known for its association with painter Gustave Courbet, passes through lots of attractive countryside

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Luxeuil-les-Bains (Haute-Saone)

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In Luxeuil-les-Bains, established as a spa town since Roman times, you can also see Saint Peter's basilica and some 15th century townhouses with ornate stonework

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Montbeliard (Doubs)

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

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Mouthier-Haute-Pierre (Doubs)

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The small village of Mouthier-Haute-Pierre is well placed to explore the source of the Loue river and several other scenic highlights in Doubs

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Ornans (Doubs)

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The highlight of your visit to Ornans is the section along the Loue river, crossed by old stone bridges and with lovely houses on the riverside

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Pesmes (Haute-Saone)

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

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Pontarlier (Doubs)

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

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Ronchamp chapel (Haute-Saone)

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

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Saint-Hippolyte (Doubs)

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

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Salins-les-Bains (Jura)

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The salt mines at Salins-les-Bains operated from the 13th - 20th century and are now an important local attraction and a UNESCO world heritage site

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Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans (Doubs)

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The Royal Saltworks at Arc-et-Senans is an entire factory and living spaces that were once the centre of the important local salt industry

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Vesoul (Haute-Saone)

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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 see the Franche-Comte guide