Visit Franche-Comte, France
Between France and Switzerland, between plains and mountains, Franche-Comté has some interesting towns and villages - and some impressive scenery with vineyards and lakes, forests and mountains, as scenic backdrop
Franche-Comte is found to the east of France and borders onto Switzerland. As you head towards the east of the region you start to leave the rolling countryside and smaller peaks of the Jura mountains, cross the high plateaux, and enter the Alps 'proper'.
There are four French departments in Franche-Comté: Haute-Saone to the north, Territoire-de-Belfort in the north-east, Doubs in the centre of the region and Jura to the south.
Haute-Saone / Territoire de Belfort (north Franche-Comté)
The Chapelle de Notre-Dame-du-Haut, at Ronchamp, 20km north-west of Belfort, is one of Le Corbusiers most famous buildings and a big attraction for his followers.
Doubs (central Franche-Comté)
See also the town and castle at Montbeliard, and the town of Baume-les-Dames.
Jura (south Franche-Comté)
Dole is an attractive town in the Jura department of the Franche-Comte region, known especially for the impressive Dole Collegiale.
General Franche-Comte information
Much of the countryside is an unspoiled mix of forests and open country, interspersed with lakes and rivers, and it is for 'the great outdoors' that most visitors come to the region - a couple of natural highlights include the Parc Regional du Haut-Jura and the valley of the Loue River (passes through the Doubs and Jura departments).
Places to Visit
Selected places to visit in Franche-Comte
Loue River Valley
Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans
Market towns & days in Franche-Comte
all markets in morning unless otherwise statedArbois: Friday
Belfort: Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Monday & Friday
Besancon: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday all day & Sunday & Saturday & Friday
Dole: Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday
Gray: Tuesday & Friday
Lons-le-Saunier: Thursday all day
Montbeliard: Tuesday & Saturday
Morez: Saturday all day
Vesoul: Thursday & Saturday
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.
Regional Natural Parcs
Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'
Jardin à la Faulx
Jardin des jeux du château d'Arlay
Parc de l'Etang
Roseraie du Chatelet
Sites of Natural Beauty
Gouffre de Poudrey
Lac de Lamoura
Saut du Doubs
4* Towns in Bloom
Zoo or wildlife park
Citadelle de Besançon
French version: Franche-Comte (Francais)