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.

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Arbois (Jura)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

The Chateau de Joux is an imposing clifftop castle with a 1000 year history close to Pontarlier
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Chateau-Chalon (Jura)

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)

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)

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)

Lons-le-Saunier is a traditional local town of the Franche-Comté region, well placed to explore the Jura
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Luxeuil-les-Bains (Haute-Saone)

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)

It is the castle in Montbeliard, on a raised rocky platform, that dominates the town centre
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Mouthier-Haute-Pierre (Doubs)

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)

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)

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)

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)

The Ronchamp Chapel is the best known work by architect Le Corbusier to be seen in France
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Saint-Hippolyte (Doubs)

Saint-Hippolyte is in a beautiful position on the confluence of the Doubs and Dessoubre rivers
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Salins-les-Bains (Jura)

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)

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)

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

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Tourist attractions to visit in Franche-Comte

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

UNESCO world heritage sites

Besancon citadelle (Vauban fortifications): See tourist guide

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

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Baume-les-Messieurs: See tourist guide

Chateau-Chalon: See tourist guide

Lods: See tourist guide

National Monuments

Astronomical clock of Besancon: See tourist guide

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Pontarlier: See tourist guide

Salins-les-Bains: See tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs


Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Besancon: See tourist guide

Dole: See tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Arbois: See tourist guide

Besancon: See tourist guide

Dole: See tourist guide

Salins-les-Bains: See tourist guide

4* Towns in Bloom

Belfort: See tourist guide



Montbeliard: See tourist guide


Zoo or wildlife park

Citadelle de Besançon