Map of places to visit in Franche-Comte

You can find details of some of the places we suggest you visit near Franche-Comte below the map...

 
 

Arbois:

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

Arbois guide

Baume-les-Messieurs:

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

Baume-les-Messieurs guide

Belfort:

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

Belfort guide

Besancon:

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

Besancon guide

 
 

Chateau de Cleron:

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

Chateau de Cleron guide

Chateau de Joux:

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

Chateau de Joux guide

Chateau-Chalon:

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

Chateau-Chalon guide

Dole:

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

Dole guide

Lods:

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

Lods guide

 
 

Lons-le-Saunier:

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

Lons-le-Saunier guide

Loue River Valley:

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

Loue River Valley guide

Luxeuil-les-Bains:

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

Luxeuil-les-Bains guide

Montbeliard:

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

Montbeliard guide

Mouthier-Haute-Pierre:

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

Mouthier-Haute-Pierre guide

Ornans:

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

Ornans guide

Pesmes:

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

Pesmes guide

Pontarlier:

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

Pontarlier guide

Ronchamp chapel:

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

Ronchamp chapel guide

Saint-Hippolyte:

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

Saint-Hippolyte guide

Salins-les-Bains:

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

Salins-les-Bains guide

Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans:

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

Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans guide

Vesoul:

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

Vesoul guide