CITADEL OF BESANCON

Set high up on its anticline, Besançon Citadel occupies a total of 11 hectares. It could easily have contained a town of 10,000 inhabitants.

The fortress is one of Vauban's masterpieces, and it is said that its construction was so costly that Louis XIV enquired as to whether the walls had been made out of gold. The Citadel has a dual heritage. The first is that of its initial vocation as a defensive fortress, brilliantly designed and built, which had very few opportunities to show its steel in military situations.

The Citadel then turned to displaying the heritage and history that had been bequeathed to it, and which it is now so proud to present to visitors. The Citadel, which is the leading tourist attraction in Franche-Comté in terms of visitor numbers, and was voted "Tourist Site of the Year" by the Ministry of Tourism in 2003, has become the pride and joy of the people of Besançon.


  • Tourism Quality Plan : Oui
  • Qualité Tourisme FC : Yes
  • Languages spoken : English
  • Languages spoken : Deutsch
  • Parking
  • Chèques Vacances acceptés
  • Disabled access : Yes

99 Rue des Fusillés de la Résistance
25000 BESANCON
TELEPHONE 1 : 03 81 87 83 33
Fax: 03 81 87 83 34

Dates et horaires

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Practical information

Recorded as a Classification Historical Monument : Yes

Guided tours : Yes, Adapted for children

Audio-guided tours : Yes

Free visit : Yes

Guided tours for school parties : Booking required

Products for sale : Yes

Location

Location details : Town centre, Historical area, Central Besançon (inner loop), Besançon and surroundings, Doubs, Loue and Dessoubre Valleys, Besançon Loue Lison, Doubs, Bourgogne Franche-Comté

Nearest station : Besançon

Prices

  Min Max
Group price for children 4 par enfant €
Highest price 10,60 €
Lowest price 5 €
Price for groups 7 à partir de 20 personnes €
Price per adult 7 €
Price per child 4 €
Special price for families Abonnement (12 mois) 2 adultes et tous les enfants mineurs du même foyer : 40 € Grands-parents 2 adultes et 3 petits-enfants : 40 € €

Détail critères prix mini/maxi : mini = enfant de 4 à 17 ans maxi=adultes

Methods of payment : Bank card, Travellers cheques, Cheques, Cash

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