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

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Chateau de Cleron

photo of 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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Chateau de Joux

photo of 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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Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans

photo of 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


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



Towns of Art and History

Besancon: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Gouffre de Poudrey

Saut du Doubs

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Besancon: Tourist guide

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Pontarlier: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Astronomical clock of Besancon: Tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Lods: Tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Besancon citadelle (Vauban fortifications): Tourist guide

Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans: Tourist guide