Doubs places to visit and attractions

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

photo of Besancon


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

photo of Chateau de Cleron

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
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photo of Chateau de Joux

Chateau de Joux

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


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


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


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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photo of Saint-Hippolyte


Saint-Hippolyte is in a beautiful position on the confluence of the Doubs and Dessoubre rivers
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photo of Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans

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
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For more information see the Doubs guide

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Market towns & days in Doubs

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Audincourt: Saturday
Besancon: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday all day & Sunday & Saturday & Friday
Bethoncourt: Friday
Fesches-le-Chatel: Friday
Levier: Wednesday
Montbeliard: Tuesday & Saturday
Pontarlier: Thursday
Sochaux: Thursday
Valentigney: Tuesday

Tourist attractions to visit in Doubs

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Citadelle de Besançon

4* Towns in Bloom


Montbeliard: See tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Besancon: See tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Gouffre de Poudrey

Saut du Doubs

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Besancon: See tourist guide

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Pontarlier: See tourist guide

National Monuments

Astronomical clock of Besancon: See tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Lods: See tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Besancon citadelle (Vauban fortifications): See tourist guide

Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans: See tourist guide